About Us

The Great British Teddy Bear Company® is a British owned family run business. Since our record breaking launch at the world famous Hamley’s in London our Great British Teddy Bears are now being purchased in the best toy boutiques around the world.

We have created an affordable range of hand made, plush teddy bears each dressed in beautifully detailed iconic British costumes. Great British Teddy Bears are a new kind of collectable teddy: made to be played with they are washable, huggable and safe. Soft enough to cuddle and strong enough to last a lifetime.

Each fully jointed Teddy Bear and all of their accessories have been manufactured with care and tested to exceed international toy safety regulations.

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The story behind the brand

When I was growing up my sister and I used to go to Harrods every year just to look at the amazing Teddy Bear display; 20 or more bears each dressed like little characters with miniature costumes carrying bags and playing musical instruments. We would have loved to have taken anyone of these toys home but we grew up in an ordinary family and £150 for a teddy bear was not an option. The bears we did own often came from charity shops but my mother would make little hats and jackets for them and we would play for hours together making up stories with our special bears playing the leading roles.

Years later when I took my daughter to Harrods the little dressed bears where still there, but now they cost £200 each, and to my surprise my daughter didn’t want one. Instead she wanted Grandma Jessup to make her a special bear just like mine so Grandma Jessup did….. then her friend wanted one and then their friends wanted them too… Today if you go to Harrods right next to the little dressed bears you will meet The Great British Teddy Bear Company® displaying an affordable range of hand made, plush teddy bears each dressed in beautifully detailed iconic British costumes just like Grandma Jessup used to make.