Grandad who started business from nothing has 100m ‘could buy island in the Bahamas’ – Birmingham Live

Posted: April 13, 2021 at 6:48 am

A grandfather who's grown a business from nothing to 100 million has been sharing the secrets of his success - which has landed him a private jet.

And it is all thanks to bees.

Steve Ryan, 63, now jets around the world thanks to a business created on his kitchen table.

He is now a multi-millionaire after selling his business Bee Health, based in Bridlington, to INW in Dallas.

The grandad did not want to tell the Mirror how much he made from the deal but admitted how could afford an island in the Bahamas and a Falcon private jet.

He said: My bank manager said what is the first thing I'm going to buy. But I don't need anything. I've got everything. I've got six race horses.

But I will be on an island in Asia in December until February.

Steve started his bee product company in 1992 with his late wife Bea Ryan after being introduced to bees during his night shift working picking sprouts.

I started work there to lose some weight because I was 18 stone then, he said.

I loved the idea of 100,000 workers working for free. Honey bees are intriguing and phenomenal insects.

I got a council house when I was 25 and that's how we started the job. We got two twin tubs from an auction, one for spinning honey and one for spinning resin.

We opened a honey farm tourist attraction in Scarborough and bought a small factory to start producing products to sell in the shop.

When we first started it was crazy, we'd do the honey farm in the day, then at night I'd go out beekeeping to get more honey for the shelves for the next day. My wife would make scones to sell.

Then the supplement side really took off and sales went through the roof.

From being an uneducated person it's just sheer hard graft and taking a gamble.

The firm he sold supplies products to Holland & Barrett and are major stockists of vitamins.

Bee Health, has been ranked in the top 200 of Britains companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

Mr Ryan said he was able to do the deal because the Government allowed company executives to travel overseas to do business if it was in excess of 100 million.

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