This month we introduce a new employer to SBC Training, Merrythought.

13 Dec 2022
This month we introduce a new employer to SBC Training, Merrythought.

Merrythought Apprentice and Employer

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Merrythought, a new employer at SBC Training. Some of you may be familiar with Merrythought because they manufacture the finest British teddy bears which have been sought after around the world for four generations.


Merrythought began in 1930. The founding Managing Director, Gordon Holmes, found a beautiful brick building in Ironbridge and with the help of a team of skilled local seamstresses, Merrythought was born. The team today continues to hand-make each soft toy at the original factory in Ironbridge because, like us, they are committed to their traditional British values.


Merrythought has previously employed a number of apprentices, but only in the manufacturing sector (LMO).


This is the first time they have added business administration to their offering and are promising a fantastic and interesting position for their new apprentice, Eleanor.

Some of the tasks Eleanor will be performing include; digital marketing and blogs, helping with producing printed literature, and customer service. The job role promises to be an exciting Business Administration Apprenticeship.


“During the first month of my apprenticeship, I have found myself involved in the order processing of Merrythought’s unique teddy-bears. Beyond this, I have particularly enjoyed my exposure to their digital marketing campaigns. Already, I have been made to feel like part of the team and I am appreciative of this valuable opportunity.” Said Eleanor


Merrythought commented “We are keen to build for the future and good apprentices enable us to do that. Working with SBC allowed us to tap into potential apprentices, with SBC able to support them locally. SBC’s support on the recruitment journey and the onboarding of Eleanor was excellent.”


Welcome to SBC Training Merrythought and Eleanor.

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