Jonathan Thorpe launches new toy distributor

by TnP Staff
Published: 10 April 2018, 09:43
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Former John Crane MD's new venture Jonathan's Toys will distribute Battat brands including Our Generation Dolls, B Toys and more

Jonathan Thorpe, the former MD of John Crane Ltd, has announced a new venture to distribute the award-winning Battat brands.

After John Crane Ltd closed its doors for the final time at the end of March, Jonathan launched his new business to distribute Our Generation Dolls, B Toys, Baby B, Bristle Blocks, Drive and Woodzies.

Jonathan Thorpe is well known in the UK and international toy trade; prior to his stint at John Crane Ltd, he ran Playmobil in the UK and the US for many years. He also spent several years at International Greetings and was one of the founders of eToys.  After overseeing the sale of the John Crane properties he now relishes his new role.

“Of course it is sad when a long established business decides to close but I am thrilled to announce that Jonathan’s Toys already has stock arriving and more importantly, orders for that stock," revealed Jonathan. "Not a bad start when we hadn’t even officially opened our doors for business. We know the demand is there and we are especially encouraged by the reaction to the new Glitter Girls products. We will be showing at London Toy Fair 2019 and are planning to have a well established presence in the market by then.”

For more information, contact Jonathan on 07939 575869 or