About 3 Blonde Bears Ltd.
Award-winning entrepreneur Jo Jenner founded 3 Blonde Bears from her home in 2011.
Jo's aim was to make personalised gift buying a quick and easy experience by establishing a one-stop shop for gorgeous and original gifts. Nearly 4 years on we are very chuffed with where we are as a company!
We often get asked why personalised products? Jo loves the idea of giving one-of-kind gifts, the thought, time and effort that goes into each one of our products from both the customer and the team producing it here really does get appreciated by customers... They tell us all the time.
Named after Jo's three blonde children, Finley, Amelie & Dexter who she has always referred to as the 3 Blonde bears it seamed like a natural name for a family centered company.
All of our products are designed by Jo and produced in our Haywards Heath studio.
Prior to forming 3 Blonde Bears Ltd Jo worked within the fashion industry completing her BA (hons) at Ravensbourne College of Design with a degree in printed textiles and Fashion. Jo's design ability and eye for print was recognized whilst she was still at Ravensbourne, winning UK student fashion designer of the year at London Fashion Week back in 2000 and went on to place 3rd in the international Student Fashion Awards then run by Smirnoff. Traveling to New York for the international catwalks and awards ceremony. Jo went on to work with some of the worlds top fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Fintan Walshe and Duffer of St George before making a career move into fashion buying. Jo thrived in the fashion buying world, working for some of the top high street brands, notably Laura Ashley and Warehouse.
After starting a family of her own Jo decided to leave the industry and set up a consultancy company working with small independent business's. Going into their workplace and helping them understand the buying and technical processes behind working with factories and external workplace staffing. Back in 2007 Jo & her mother set up a home accessories company called HOME and joined www.notonthehighstreet.com
The brand grew and Kathy (Jo's mum) decided to retire from the business so Jo bought her out of the company and decided to re-brand and change the focus to personlised gifting products.
One of her best decisions to date the company has gone on to win several awards, check out our awards to date here.
How We've Grown
When Jo launched the brand there were 2 staff and herself and the company ran from a purpose built studio in her back garden in Haywards Heath.
The original business concept came from a small back bedroom whilst Jo was bringing up 3 very small children. Finley, Dexter & Amelie, then 4 and 2 (twins) at the time.
Now there are 7 wonderfully passionate permanent members of staff and we grow to 25 members in peak trade periods!
From a single room studio to an open-plan office on a business estate in Haywards Heath, the number of times we've outgrown offices (two, so far) shows how far we've come since that back bedroom.
In the very beginning, we popped into Jo's kitchen to make coffee and tea from her kitchen, now we have a works kitchen with a fancy coffee machine and a rather marvelous food van that come around each day with freshly baked goods (not helpful to the waistline).
Where we want to be
Is it wrong to say ‘everywhere’? Becoming one of the UK’s most exciting and fastest-growing start-up companies this is just the start of a very exciting journey for 3 Blonde Bears.
We want to make it easy for you to be original – wherever you live, and whatever you’re into. So that means we’ll always be on the lookout for new ideas and innovative ways of making something unique, personal and beautiful.
And we’ll always make it easy for you to place your order and receive in super quick time for any gifting occasion.
So, thank you for visiting our site. We love all of our customers, so many of whom return time and time again. We very much hope we can add you to that list and make you some gorgeous personalised gifts to delight your loved ones.
Founder & Owner