Mike Edwards and John Nicholas retire

Published on: 29th May 2013

The recent Toymaster Show in Harrogate saw the retirement of sales agents Mike Edwards and John Nicholas; the pair have over 80 years of toy trade experience between them.retired300

Mike Edwards started his toy years back in the 60’s with Triang, Pedigree and then Mobo Toys. He resigned from his job, took his wife’s car, and became an agent in the early seventies with just one small soft toy company called Brando. He then became one of the first agents for Skateboards, and successfully represented some key nursery brands such as Baby Relax. In the 80s he was appointed as an agent for Tomy, and from there has represented many of the key brands in the market including K’Nex, Golden Bear and Flair.

John Nicholas has worked for many of the same companies as Mike since the 80s and a few others, including Gibsons. John started his career with Palitoy as a rep in 1969 and worked up to become European sales manager, before becoming the first UK sales manager for Mattel in 1980. He moved on to work with Adam Leisure before becoming an agent in 1984 with Tomy and, most recently, Flair. In addition to toys, John also represented Peugeot Cycles for many years and worked extensively in the nursery industry.

Mike and John have already been awarded Golden Teddies for service to the Toy Industry, but were recognised by Toymaster for the efforts they had made over the last forty years to help the independent toy retailer in the UK.

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