A Barrow business has been left 'buzzing' after a meet up with recently-retired footballer Ben Foster.

It comes as SPORTbible launched its first ever partnership with eBay and the English Football League with the objective of supporting small businesses.

As part of eBay's Small Business United campaign, the series follows the former England international as he visits local businesses handpicked via the Small Businesses United programme to challenge himself and get to grips with their everyday jobs.

Ben also offers them a chance to secure free advertising in local EFL stadiums through eBay.

The latest content features Barrow-based Bee Beautiful Ltd, which uses its home-grown honey in bath, beauty and household products.

Formed in 2006, Bee Beautiful is a family business that makes creams, polishes and lotions that were first enjoyed by family and friends and were met with great enthusiasm.

They have grown from a cottage industry business using beekeeping products from their own hives into an innovative company with big plans for the future.

All beauty products are handmade and none of the products produced have been tested on animals.

Ben was kitted up in a bee suit to meet three generations of Bee Beautiful members including the owner Colin Eastham, who extracts the honey from the hives to release the 'liquid gold'.

After suffering a sting to the ankle, Ben said to Colin: "I don't know how you are doing this with your bare hands."

Colin said: "They're very clever, the bees. They know who to sting and who not to sting."

They swiftly moved indoors showing Ben the process of getting the honey from the honeycomb frames and into the jars.

Heather and Jessica at Bee Beautiful said that come Christmas they will need to make around 5000 bath bombs a day because they are their 'biggest sellers', with Ben calling it a 'ridiculous amount of work'.

Heather said: "It's hard work running a small business but eBay are there and eBay help all the way along."

After the visit the Bee Beautiful workers headed along to the home of Barrow AFC to try and score a goal against Ben - something Colin decided to do in his sandals.

"They don't play much football up here do they?" joked Ben.

The team said it was 'really cool' to receive the free advertising at the stadium.

You can watch the full video here.