Ben Thorpe | Director & Dog Groomer

| Bone Idol, Bone Idol Dog Grooming

Meet Ben Thorpe - Director and Dog Groomer

Qualified animal behaviourist and dog groomer, Ben was part of the 2016 founding team of Bone Idol - a dog grooming salon and shop based on St James’s Street in the heart of Brighton, East Sussex. After Bone Idol was taken over in 2024 by Slobber & Chops, Ben has continued his work as a dog groomer and Operations Director.

Ben lives in Brighton and starting his career as a hairstylist. After deciding to pursue his lifelong dream of working with dogs, Ben retrained and spent six years building up his experience and skills as a groomer. During this time Ben also set up his own business ‘Diamond Dogs’.

After meeting fellow directors Jon & Scott, wheels began to turn and plans began to form and take shape; in 2016 Bone Idol was born in Brighton.

Ben Thorpe Director, Bone Idol Brighton

Ben helped to grow the Bone Idol business and team, sharing his knowledge and skills with customers and staff alike. Ben also helped in building community connections, enabling the business to support local charities, community events and a local dog rehoming shelter (to name just a few projects).

If you ask what motivates Ben to get up in the morning, the answer is unequivocally walking his beloved dogs, gorgeous Dennis the Shit Tzu, and prima donna Princess, the Chihuahua cross. Their favourite walk is along the seafront close to Kemptown where they live.

Ben has a real passion for dog grooming.

“I love working at a company which is ‘forward-thinking’ and ‘on trend’ because we all work hard to be the best we can be. It’s also enjoyable and rewarding to work with a great team of talented people who are like one big family.”


Being Healthy, Happy & Fabulous

Ben Thorpe | Brighton | Dennis

A total advocate of the business philosophy, Ben has been key in building and developing the ‘Healthy Dog Food range.

“It was a really proud moment to launch the food with our name on it in Brighton and then again to launch the brand across the UK via our website.”

Outside of work, Ben enjoys an active lifestyle with long walks on the downs or along the beach, cooking, meals out and enjoying the vibrant scene Brighton has to offer. He also likes to stay fit and active by running.

“Not only is running great exercise, it’s time to myself. I can clear my head and always feel re-energised after.”


Be Positive, Be Productive, Be Kind

While Ben may describe himself as ‘outdoorsy’, he’ll also quickly add that he’s much more likely to be seen in a pub garden than halfway up a mountain! Ben is a social animal and his love of dogs is only matched by his love for friends and family. He can typically be found on his days off laughing with friends and their dogs.

Always glamorous at work, Ben is never seen without his makeup and nails being on point. ‘If you look smart, you think smart’ is his philosophy.

Keen to make a positive impression and eager to help everyone, not only have Ben, Dennis & Princess been featured in the local press, but has also won awards and attracted rave reviews as the business continues to grow and support its local customers and employees.

Ben is always eager to share his knowledge and experience openly with everyone.

"If you have questions just come in and ask, we will do what we can to help!"


Dennis & Princess | Bone Idol

Ben Thorpe | Bone Idol | Award Winning Pet Shop | Brighton

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