Watkin Toys, Stewart Miller Toymaster and Gliddons Toymaster were recognised at the Toymaster group’s recent regional meetings.
Toymaster, the largest buying group for independent toy retailers in the UK & Ireland, has presented awards to three more of its retailers who this year are celebrating 25 years of membership.
Awards were accepted by Robert & Diane Gliddon from Gliddons Toymaster in Sidmouth; Stephen Miller from Stewart Miller Toymaster in Northern Ireland and Mike Slocombe from Watkin Toys in Taunton. The awards were presented by Toymaster chairman Chris Blatcher in Swindon, and by board member & former chairman Ciaran Fitzpatrick in Ireland, during the group’s regional meetings which have taken place over the previous three weeks.
Gliddons Toymaster is a well established toy shop offering a wide range of toys in a traditional, fun setting. Previously recognised by the British Toy & Hobby Association as the best Independent Toy shop in the UK & Ireland, Stewart Miller Toymaster has just opened its 2022 Christmas Club. Watkin Toys, which bills itself as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, was established in 1940, making it the oldest toy shop in Taunton.
The trio joins the following members, who were honoured with the special 25 Years Membership Award at the Toymaster May Show earlier this year: Howleys (Weymouth), Donalds of Peterhead, Thomas Moore (Exeter), The Toy Shop in Trowbridge, Blewetts of Hayle and JAC Stores (Isle of Man).
Toymaster development manager Brian McLaughlin said: “The regional meetings were a great opportunity for Toymaster members and suppliers, as well as the Toymaster team in Northampton, to catch up with each other on current trading as well as share ideas on how to support each other. They were also ideally timed: members were able to discuss final requirements and any late deals with suppliers as they head into the crucial fourth quarter. The mood of those who attended was upbeat, despite the current economic challenges; many are still seeing strong toy sales which they anticipate will continue in the run up to Christmas.”
Chris Blatcher, Toymaster chairman and owner of JAC Stores, added: “The strength of Toymaster lies in the breadth and diversity of our members, and it is important to recognise long-standing members who have supported the group for many years. We also want to thank them for their input, which ensures Toymaster is providing the support that its members need.”
The number of retailers receiving 25 Years Awards this year highlights the loyalty of members to the group, and demonstrates that the advantages of membership are ongoing and relevant to experienced toy shops and new businesses alike. Anyone considering joining the group should contact brian.mcLaughlin@toymaster.co.uk to find out more.