We are Be My Bear, a company specialising in a unique form of children’s party entertainment where every child makes a teddy bear or raggy doll to take home.
Our teddy bear making parties have broad appeal from four to five right through to teenagers – everyone loves a teddy bear. We offer a fun, creative hands-on create a bear party – no sewing involved and no need for goody bags as every child goes home hand in paw with a new best friend they have made.
A little bit about our teddy bear making business – we registered the company in 2001 but then spent the best part of the year sourcing the products we needed. We ran our first bear-making party in the summer of 2002 with a very basic bear with a hole in the back which had to be stitched. A number of pricked fingers later, we realised that we had to find an alternative method of securing the bear.
This we did – a one way closure with a zipper and Velcro seal, so now no sewing - along with new more sophisticated product ranges and a wide range of teddy bear accessories from 10 second recordable voice chips and make your own extras to teddy bear clothes and crafty crafts.
We then turned our attention to wholesaling, realising we had a unique product and starting selling to large multiples, and independent retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges. We still sell to retailers but are selective about the outlets we choose.
Since 2006 we have concentrated on the party market and have supplied thousands of happy customers with our custom designed Be My Bear party kits. We now have over 250 party companies on our books who deliver Be My Bear parties nationwide. We also offer a bespoke range for a number of companies.
We are continually sourcing new product lines, such as our unique glow in the dark range of bears and are always looking out for exciting ideas to offer our party-loving customers.
We now offer 8" bears which we sourced in response to a demand for a cheaper option. This however does not mean we have compromised on quality, which is of paramount importance to us at Be My Bear. You will be then able to hold a Be My Bear party on a budget or invite the whole class, which some children seem to need to do!
We offer fundraising opportunities to schools, charities and clubs and this is becoming an increasingly popular way of raising those important funds. We can either offer a donation per bear sold or supply wholesale to these groups.
Since 2002, we have been supporting our local hospice St David’s, Hosbis Dewi Sant in Llandudno, by supplying their lottery bear – a new design each year – so collectors eagerly await the new teddy arrivals!
Most of our products are manufactured to our own designs in the Far East and we have personally visited several of the factories we use. We also employ the services of a quality control company who run social compliance checks on our factories and supervise quality control checks for Be My Bear.
Earlier this year we teamed up with the American Bear Factory enabling us to offer a much broader range of bears, animals and clothing. We now have well over 60 animal lines and over 100 clothing lines and accessories from budget to deluxe, so there's something for everyone. We employ seven staff and have won many prestigious awards including a top award in the Best Gift for Kids competition run by the British Giftware Association.
We always try to create products which are different from our competitors hence the introduction of the glow in the dark range in 2007.
We have worked hard to provide excellent customer service and good quality products and will continue to do so. In 2013 we won the Daily Post ACCA Business of the Year Award (for up to 10 employees) and in 2014 the Conwy Business Awards - Small Business of the Year.