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Teddy bear firm gets its paws on new premises in expansion.

Byline: OWEN HUGHES Business Correspondent

AN award-winning teddy bear company has got its paws on a new market leading to an expansion in business, a move to larger premises and the opening of a new shop.

Be My Bear, which has supplied bears for X-Factor, The Apprentice and Hollyoaks and specialise in the make-a-bear concept, started life on a kitchen table.

It has grown into a highly successful business winning a number of awards en route.

They currently have an online shop as well as supplying more than 300 UK wholesale customers from events companies and high street retailers to playcentres and holiday parks such as Butlins.

Now Be My Bear are also opening a bear factory retail outlet in their new premises on the Blackmarsh Industrial Estate in Mochdre.

They are launching with an open day to celebrate the move and their 15 years in business.

The shop will sell no-sew takeaway teddy bear kits to make at home, or to be stuffed in store as well as an extensive range of outfits and accessories.

The official opening will be held on Wednesday October 26, from 10am to 4pm.

Founders Pippa Thomas and Jane Weaver (inset) are also launching a pioneering baby scan concept which they hope will take the business to a new level.

The heartbeat bear concept is aimed at mums-to-be who take a recordable sound module into the scanning clinic where the baby's heartbeat is recorded during the ultrasound scan.

The sound is then placed inside the bear and captured for the duration of the pregnancy and beyond. "Our no-sew make-your-own teds have a wide ranging appeal from the very young to the young at heart and a variety of different applications from individual gifts to bear-making parties," SAIDPIPPA.

"The heartbeat bear is the latest development of the concept and there is a huge market out there as yet untapped.

"Mums- to-be can now have a permanent recording of their baby's heartbeat as well as the image in the womb to treasure."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 4, 2016
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