Bear Factory party kits from our award winning Be My Bear range
Get your paws on our party packs, gifts & creative crafts. We are the number one DIY bear-making party company with a top Gift Association award for quality, style and value; there are a number of imitators out there, but we are the BEST! Prices from £5.75; sale or return
Welcome to our magical Bear Factory where you can create a cute bear with our bear building kits. Do it yourself with our NO-SEW teddy bear and raggy-doll making party packs or arty crafty kits for the ultimate entertainment, or book one of our agents for fun teddy bear activities! Teddy bear making parties are a great childrens' birthday party idea! Try our selection of Easter, Christmas and Valentines day big bears. Why not find out more about our Bear Parties and Workshop
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Bear Factory Accessories from Be My Bear
Check out our Bear Factory specials. Give your teddy bear, furry friend, teddy bear, puppy or dog a treat with an extra from our range of bear clothes and accessories. We have bear costumes to suit every budget with cheap teddy bears and t-shirts to decorate and personalise, recordable voice boxes as well as teddy bear picnic party tableware. We also have plush teddy bears for those wanting something a little special. Find out about our wholesale teddy bears if you're looking for opportunities with Be My Bear. Find out more...
Bear Factory Gifts from Be My Bear
Make a bear or furry friend in your very own bear factory with a unique range of ready-to-go customised sounds for your pals or record your own message. Looking for gift ideas? We have the perfect presents for Valentine's Day, a birthday, new baby or special anniversary. Find out more...
Bear Factory at Be My Bear 'A History'
Be My Bear is an award-winning teddy bear company with its paws on a beary creative soft toy venture. Children experience the magic of bringing their very own personalised bear to life - a fun and creative process – with no sewing involved!
The company was founded in the UK in 2000 after discovering a niche market with its bear-making parties, where each guest makes a new best friend! Parents organise their own party with the no-sew DIY kits or book an agent to run it for them. Be My Bear's products have won a number of awards; the Kuddly Kits range was runner up in the Best Gift for Kids awards run by the Giftware Association in 2004; they won a top website award in 2003.
Ready stuffed bears were ten a penny, but finding unstuffed skins was a different story. Finally they found a company with whom they worked closely to develop a prototype - a traditional teddy bear skin with a hole in the back for the stuffing, which would then require stitching. They consulted closely with independent safety testing laboratories to ensure that the component parts met European safety standards and could be CE labelled. The initial range was limited – a large honey bear, a large white bear and a small caramel bear; the birth certificates were designed by Jane’s husband and the fabric hearts were made up by local outworkers. They also used outworkers to make up outfits for the bears and adapted dolls’ clothing for the smaller bears. Each kit contained a bear skin, stuffing, a heart and birth certificate. All orders were despatched from home where they used garage and attic space for storage. They put a mail order brochure together and launched the business locally with a series of workshops and children’s parties in the North Wales area, and nationally with a series of adverts in a number of glossy magazines.
A new opportunity also opened up for them in the charity market - they began selling small ready stuffed bears with personalised t-shirts to the local hospice, a contract which was to keep them going during lean times. The hospice is now purchasing 1,000-1,200 bears a year, and Be My Bear are looking to further develop the charity market.
Jane and Pippa then felt confident enough to purchase their first container load of bears direct from the Far East all pre-assembled (no more assembly in the kitchen!) and now with voice boxes. They then rented warehousing for storage and dispatch. In 2003 the product, then known as Design-a-Bear in red packaging was highly commended by the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries Good Toy Awards. The company then went back to the drawing board with a experienced designer to develop the new packaging and change the brand name to Kuddly Kits. The first container of Kuddly Kits arrived in May 2004 and in July the product was runner up in the Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year awards (the industry’s Oscars) in the category Best Gift for Kids. Be My Bear also introduced a new range of products called Talking Ted.
In June 2006 the girls visited a number of factories in Shanghai to source new product lines. They found several new suppliers who they felt happy to buy from not only because of the quality of the products but also their working conditions and employment policies. These factories have designed and produced Be My Bear's super glow in the dark range and new characters including a duck with rather strange feet! New clothing and product lines are always arriving. The latest addition to the Be My Bear family is Little Miss Sunshine, an animated bear singing happy birthday who is a must for the birthday girl or birthday boy.
Two years ago Be My Bear became the UK and European distributor for the American Bear Factory and as a result now offers a much more extensive range of teddy bears and animals as well as clothing and accessories.