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Gingin family bee’s knees of business

A GINGIN honey-making business has won a National Family Business of the Year award in Cairns last week. The Fewster family’s Kuyan Apiaries, which has made its business in bee keeping and honey production for 32 years, was named the winner in the ‘third generation business renewal’ category. The Fewsters gained entry to the national awards after winning the third generation category of the Western Australian Family Business of the Year awards in May. The Fewster family has been in the bee-keeping industry since 1934. The current business was founded in 1966 when Nelson Fewster, having learned the art of bee keeping from his uncle Robert, formed NH Fewster & Sons with his wife and their sons Colin, David and John. In 1995, the business changed its name to Kuyan Apiaries when John and his wife Kerry took 100 per cent control of the business from Colin and David. John and Kerry have four children; two sons, Stephen and Paul, work in the business full-time, and two daughters, Julie and Carolyn, who have been involved at various times. To be eligible for a ‘third generation’ award, children or family relations of the second generation must manage the business.

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