Introducing our second Superstar of Bath, it’s the incredible Andy of Kidd and Bear, who make the MOST beautiful gifts for families. Swoon! Read on to learn all about what makes Andy tick, and for a top secret sausage roll revelation….
Business name: Kidd & Bear
Your name: Andy Chambers
Where are you based and what do you do?
Based in Combe Down, we make exceptional gifts for exceptional families.
Our range of gifts have been created with a passion for great design, luxurious details and that all important degree of practicality that every parent needs in their life. We put hours of thought into the things that made a difference to our lives as new parents and at the same time made sure the whole family were thought about. Whether it be bath salts or our luxurious hand poured candles for those rare moments of down time, artisan chocolate for that little evening treat after a long day or a reusable collapsible coffee cup for that morning pick me up that slots straight in your pocket when you’re done; we’ve thought things through so you don’t have to.
Our range of gifts are luxurious, considered and perfect to share with any loved one looking to celebrate a growing family.
What inspired you to start your business?
I started Kidd & Bear after our little boy was born because we wanted to change the way the world looked at parenting.
Parenting is considered an every day thing but yet raising a child is one of the most challenging things anyone can do and we wanted to celebrate what a huge achievement it is to raise a child in this ever complicated world. We created our “PROUD” clothing range to do exactly that. We, like all parents have experienced our own struggles since we became a family and so through donations from everything we sell, we proudly support charities that help parents through the tough times on their journey to make the road that little bit easier.
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
Moving from London almost 8 years ago, I have fallen in love with the community spirit that Bath always seems to have and the wonderful people I have been lucky enough to meet on my journey so far.
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
Not even sure I should be sharing this information but I’m a sucker for incredible food and so it might not be a sandwich but if I’m ever passing at lunchtime I count myself lucky to be able to catch a freshly baked sausage roll from Newton St Loe Farm shop. Genuinely one of the best kept secrets in Bath.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch or a meal/drink after a tough day?
I’ll make the assumption that the sun is shining and I want to cash in on some of those stunning views we’re lucky enough to get in Bath and so I’m making my way up to Lansdown for a beer overlooking the city at the Hare and Hounds.
Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?
If you’re looking for somewhere to get in shape, challenge yourself and get results, Power10 on New King Street is amazing! I’ve been training with them for 3 years now, I’m in the best shape of my life and I have fallen in love with training again. They have created such an inclusive community that welcomes everyone with open arms. Joe and Alex are amazing at working with everyone; from people just getting back into exercise right through to people looking to push and challenge themselves. Genuinely couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
Network, network, network…this city is full of amazing people, go find them!