Welcome to The Manchester Bee
We are a small family company based in North Manchester in the old Wilsons Brewery supplying bee themed gifts featuring the official Manchester Bees for which we hold a licence from Manchester City Council and other bees including exclusive painted bees by local artist Alethea Leigh Matts.
You may have seen some of our popular Manchester Worker Bee Christmas decorations on the Manchester Christmas Markets where we supply several stands with our items.
Most of our items are printed by us here in our Manchester based workshop including our mugs, coasters and Christmas decorations.
We can personalise most items so if you don't see what you want just drop us a message using the Contact Us page.
10% of the value of all sales are donated to The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust We Love MCR Charity.
The History of The Manchester Bee
The worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester. It was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, at a time when Manchester was taking a leading role in new forms of mass production, and symbolises Mancunians’ hard work during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century
In 1853, Manchester achieved city status. Seven bees were incorporated into its coat of arms to symbolise Manchester’s influence during the Industrial Revolution. The city was dubbed a “hive of industry” and its citizens “worker bees”. The Manchester Bee now proudly symbolises the City of Manchester and its unique people.