The application process for the 2013 Retailer of the Year Awards is now open with The British Toy & Hobby Association announcing newly-amended retailer award categories as well as a new online entry process.
The amended categories are designed to give more relevance and clarity than in previous years and to encourage greater participation whilst the new online application process makes entry more straight forward and accessible for retailers.
Retailers can compete nationally in like-for-like categories and can apply in more than one category, if applicable. Self-nominations are permitted, together with nominations coming from a panel of nationwide industry experts. Retailers can visit www.btha.co.uk/awards/toy-industry-awards to take part.
The category definitions are as follows:
A. INDEPENDENT TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR.
A category for;
- An independent toy retailer with no more than two stores OR
* An independent retailer that runs no more than two toy departments within a larger store.
B. SPECIALIST MULTIPLE TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR
*Specialist multiple retailer (up to 5 stores)
*Specialist multiple retailer (up to 30 stores)
*Specialist multiple retailer (over 30 stores)
This category is for multiple toy retailers which specialise in toy retail. Specialist Multiple retailers should select the appropriate sub category dependent on the size of their business.
C. GENERAL MULTIPLE TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR
This category is for non-specialist toy retailers with toy departments or aisles. It includes entries from supermarkets, grocers and department stores.
D. ONLINE TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Companies can enter this category if their main business is through online sales OR if there are online toy sales which compliment main store retailing. This category will be judged on the toy offering of the website alone.
E. BEST OVERALL TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2012 FOR UK AND IRELAND
This will be selected as the overall winner from the winners of the other categories.
** SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Judges have the ability to make a Special Recognition Award at their discretion after considering all entries. This is not a category for which retailers can actively submit an entry.
Shortlisted retailers will be announced in December with the winners being unveiled alongside the Toy of the Year awards at the annual event which will take place at The Science Museum in South Kensington on Tuesday 21st January 2014 – the first night of Toy Fair.
For enquiries about the Toy Industry Awards event or the Retailer of the Year Awards process please contact Matt Jones, head of member and special events at the BTHA at Matt@btha.co.uk.
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