Character Options co-founders to receive BTHA Lifetime Achievement Awards

Published on: 10th March 2016

Richard King, Joe Kissane, Jon Diver and Kiran Shah will each receive the prestigious BTHA Lifetime Achievement Award.

btha-480The four recipients will become part of an exclusive group of Lifetime Achievement Awards winners. This award is presented in exceptional circumstances to individuals who have made a truly outstanding and significant contribution to the toy industry.

To be eligible to be recognised for a BTHA Lifetime Achievement Award, an individual must have facilitated positive and sustained change in the toy industry and be an inspirational achiever who is widely acknowledged to have made a fundamental and beneficial impact on the sector over the long term. The individual must be recognised as a leading figure within the industry, and have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment, passion and integrity throughout their career.

Phil Ratcliffe, BTHA chairman, commented: “The BTHA council believed the four founding members of Character Group fulfill the criteria of the Lifetime Achievement Award perfectly. They have made a significant contribution to the UK toy industry and through their entrepreneurial spirit have established Character Group to be the largest UK based toy company which also operates on an international stage.”

Jon Diver, joint managing director of Character Group, added: “On behalf of myself, Joe, Richard and Kiran we are both honoured and delighted to have been chosen to receive the BTHA Lifetime Achievement Award. We are all equally looking forward to receiving the awards and celebrating what promises to be a great occasion at this years Industry Day at Great Fosters.”

The presentation will be made following the Toy Industry Day at Great Fosters Hotel on 29th June.


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