In 1932, Beesly joined Guest Keen and Nettlefolds, a firm with which he had strong family connections on his mother's side. During World War II he served with the Ministry of Supply. In 1945 he bought a controlling interest in a light engineering firm which produced mechanical hedge cutters and mobile forestry saws. He lived at Ashford Hall, Shropshire where he had a farm. He met his death there when he was attacked and killed instantly by a bull.