2014 Toy Retailer of the Year awards application opens

Published on: 22nd October 2014

The British Toy and Hobby Association has announced that the 2014 retailer application process is now open.official-toy-industry300

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 should visit to take part.

The category definitions are as follows:
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.

Specialist Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year
*Specialist multiple retailer (up to five 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.

General Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year
For non-specialist toy retailers with toy departments or aisles. This category includes entries from supermarkets, grocers and department stores.

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.

Best Overall Toy Retailer of the Year 2014 for UK and Ireland
Will be selected as 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.

Entry into the Toy Retailer of the Year awards has been designed to be a straightforward online process where retailers have the opportunity to support their applications with photos. To enter simply visit:
Shortlisted retailers will be announced in December with the winners being unveiled alongside the Toy of the Year awards taking place on Tuesday 20th January 2015 – 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 by email

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