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Spotlight on: Huggy Bears!
Each month, we go behind the scenes and take a closer look at a different Teddy Mountain retailer, highlighting where you can get your hands on our beautiful teddies and make a cuddly friend for life.
This week, Huggy Bears, an online retailer based in the Scottish Borders, is in the spotlight!
Huggy Bears – www.huggybears.co.uk - provides make-your-own-teddy ‘party kits’ so you can host your own teddy-making party wherever you are in the UK.
Each party pack includes a teddy bear or cuddly animal of your choice, stuffing-fibre, a wishing heart, birth certificate and it all comes in a take-home Huggy Bears bag. You can also add a scent-chip to make your teddies smell delectable, and a sound module giving your bear a voice!
Kath McCaffrey, based just south of Edinburgh, launched Huggy Bears in 2011, after her two children Megan and Connor had started school. She previously worked in sales and marketing, and has used this valuable skillset to make Huggy Bears the success it is today!
Kath said: “We receive lots of orders from around the UK for birthday parties, but make-your-own-teddies are also great for entertaining children at a wedding or other events. And this time of year is incredibly busy as the kits, bear clothing and accessories make great Christmas presents!
“As well as ordering online, we can also host teddy-making parties for you if your event is in the Edinburgh area. The children always love choosing the right outfit for their bears, whether they love pirates or princesses, football or fashion.”
Huggy Bears has also received orders from schools and Brownie packs for special occasions, and even charities for fundraising events.
Kath added: “I have always wanted to work for myself, the flexibility works so well with family life, and you have so much more passion and drive to ensure your business is the best it can possibly be.
“I get a real enjoyment out of it. The teddies are so soft and beautiful, and this time of year is my favourite, as we attend lots of Christmas Fairs and events. This is where I get to see the joy that the bears give to so many delighted children, it really makes you feel great.
“Huggy Bears are proud to stock Teddy Mountain teddies and accessories as they are fabulous! There is such a huge variety of bears and animals to choose from, and their service is so reliable, I never have to worry about stock not turning up on time.”
Keep your eye on the website and facebook page www.facebook.com/makeahuggybear for special offers and promotions. If you would like to create your own Huggy Bear please visit www.huggybears.co.uk.
Like us on Facebook to win prizes!
"Like" our Facebook page and tag two friends in our latest competition post to be in with the chance to win a fantastic teddy-bear-making party kit for 8 children!
This prize includes eight teddies and animal, stuffing fibre, wishing hearts and a back pack for your little guests to take their cuddly new friends home in!
Click here to go straight to our page - www.facebook.com/teddymountainuk
Terms and Conditions This competition is available to UK residents only. Entrants must be 18 or over. Closing date for entry is Friday 2nd December 2016 at 4pm. The winner will receive eight 16” teddies , stuffing fibre, 8 wishing hearts and 8 back-packs for your little guests to take their cuddly new friends home in. The winner will be notified via Facebook within seven days of the closing date. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days of notification, an alternative winner will be selected at random. The winner agrees to his/ her name and image in any publicity material. Entry will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
Business is Booming after Royal Seal of Approval!
BUSINESS IS BOOMING AFTER ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL
Here at Teddy Mountain UK, we have been thrilled to hear that one of our lovely customers, Sarah Hillier at Custom Ur Own Teddy, has expanded her business and is really seeing the results with more customers and lots of great feedback over the summer.
Sarah launched Custom Ur Own Teddy almost three years ago after she received a grant from The Prince’s Trust. She used the money to rent a small pitch at Pontypool Indoor Market and place her first order with Teddy Mountain UK.
Soon after, Sarah was invited to meet Prince Charles himself at an event in Cardiff to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust.
Sarah, 29, said: “Meeting Prince Charles was an incredible experience, and created a lot of buzz about my store. He loved the bears, and even took one with him for his unborn grandson, George, at the time!
“Since then the business has grown from strength to strength, and the Teddy Mountain bears have been more popular than ever this summer. I have expanded to a much larger pitch right in the centre of the market, and can now carry a wider range of stock, which my customers are thrilled about.”
Sarah received the Prince’s Trust ‘Best Business Success’ award in 2014 – and has been nominated for the same award again this year.
Ryan Davies, Director at Teddy Mountain UK said: “We are incredibly proud of Sarah. Her commitment and enthusiasm for her work is a credit to her, and we’re pleased to have been a part of her success.”
Sarah added: ”Things have gone better than I could have ever imagined. I love working with children and seeing their delighted faces, as their new cuddly friends are brought to life.
“The support I have received from Ryan and Tina at Teddy Mountain has been invaluable, my business wouldn't be such a success with out them. Their products are so soft and beautiful, it’s no wonder everybody falls in love with them at first sight.
“I am now planning which Halloween and Christmas stock to buy and can’t wait to get started on the new season ahead.”
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Mane in Heaven - Therapy Horses!
Teddy Mountain is excited to announce that we are now the "Official Sneaker Sponsor" for Mane in Heaven! Who is Mane in Heaven? Mane in Heaven specializes in "Bringing a Little Bit of Heaven to those in Need" through visits with their adorable miniature therapy horses. These little horses pack a lot of love into each visit as they comfort those in hospitals, nursing homes and other places where someone might just need a smile, and the warmth of a comfort animal.
How does Teddy Mountain fit in? Our 16" shoes happen to fit most miniature horses, look adorable, AND the molded rubber soles of our shoes help the horses when walking on indoor slippery floor surfaces!
If you are looking for "horse shoes" the average Teddy Mountain shoe sole runs approximately 3 inches wide and is 4 inches long, and can be found in our 16" shoe category on the website. The shoes that have the molded rubber soles work the best for traction and are listed below:
Prince Charles - A Royal Gift!
Sent in by Sarah Hillier– Custom Ur Own Teddy
At a recent event put on by The Prince's Trust Cymru, Prince Charles accepts a Teddy Mountain bear from Sarah Hillier. This lucky bear was later hand delivered by Charles as the first gift given to Prince George! His Royal Highness enjoyed himself and he was clearly relaxed at this event at Cardiff Centre. Sarah Hillier discussed with Prince Charles for over 30 minutes how Ryan Davies and Tina Chiffers from Teddy Mountain UK has helped Sarah out so much in building her own successful business!
Reportedly from the Free Press, 1,000 people from the UK sent Prince George a Gift. With 1,000 gifts sent to him, only one pontypool trader had her gift hand deliverd to the baby Prince George by the baby's grandfather Prince Charles. Guess who's? It was Sarah's Teddy Mountain British Military Furry Brown Bear! Sarah's Teddy Mountain bear was not only the first gift received in the hospital the moment the Prince was born, it was hand delivered by Prince Charles himself! Now that is one amazingly fortunate little Bear!
For the exciting Full Story and to see how Prince Charles accepted and endorsed Teddy Mountain click here:
Fit for a King: Why Teddy Mountain is Endorsed by HRH Prince Charles and available in the most Prestigious Toy Stores in the World - Hamleys and Harrods!