As part of a nationwide bee preservation project in cooperation with the British Beekeepers Association, we have bees at Leigh Court.

“Build the Buzz” is a national scientific project using hive monitoring equipment to provide a greater understanding of life within the hive.

Through the use of sensitive technology they will be able to monitor honey bee activity 24/7, 365 days a year to have a better understanding life within the hive. This is a British Beekeepers Association initiative & technology partner Arnia Ltd. For more information please have a look at their website:

The hives are located at the far end of the grounds, and will be fenced off to avoid people getting too close. The beekeeper will be visiting regularly to maintain the hives, and sharing information and the findings of the research with us.

I’ve always fancied the idea of a hive, add a spot of innovative technology and how could I resist! 

New website and new name!

After winning International acclaim in 2013, Acorn Interactive has gone from strength to strength.

We have spent the last year work with users and some very clever web designers and IT implementors, resulting in an even better and simpler user experience.

In parallel with the greatly improved site and functionality, are new name seemed appropriate, hence Acorn International.

Have a look for yourself at

Business West join International Chamber of Commerce

Business West have actively been involved with the International Chamber of Commerce over recent years. Our International Trade portal and service  ‘Acorn Interactive’ winning Best International Project at the Doha Awards in 2013.

We have now joined as a fully fledged member, this will ensure we remain at the forefront of International Trade activities across the globe.

International Chamber of Commerce
International Chamber of Commerce

James Monk


Dr. Who Christmas Special 2015

Finally, having managed to keep quiet since the Summer, it has become evident to the 6 million viewers of Doctor Who Christmas Day Special, that the Doctor  and River Song know where to head in the galaxy for a spectacular venue….

Leigh Court!

Or as they know it the Intergalatic Cruise Company Starship ‘Harmony and Remedemption’



Dr Who Christmas Special - Leigh Court
Dr Who Christmas Special – Leigh Court

This was filmed at our Grade II* Manor House located on the outskirts of Bristol in the Autumn. Not the only filming there recently, a feature film was shot there over the Summer, but I’m sworn to secrecy on that for a bit longer…

James Monk