Last night saw Toymaster host its first Awards Dinner at the May Show in Harrogate to mark its 30th year.
Wednesday night welcomed Toymaster suppliers and independent retailers alike to an elegant evening of food and live musical entertainment for the first ever Awards Night. Toymaster Isle of Wight was honoured with a special 25 Years Membership Award.
The BTHA presented two Golden Teddies. Philip ‘Panzer’ Richardson from the Character Group was noted for his four decades of service to the toy industry, as well as his honesty, dependability and kind heart.
Craig Richards from Mattel also took home a Golden Teddy. Having worked in the toy industry for 34 years, he was described as a champion of independent retailers who takes a personal approach with all his customers.
An additional five Toby Awards were presented. These were presented to: Ian Faulkner and his team at Mashall Agencies in recognition of excellent service; Dave ‘Geordie’ Johnson in recognition of his 30 years working at the Majestic Hotel and supporting the Toymaster show; Harpers of Penrith to celebrate 50 years in business; and Gibson Games to celebrate 100 years in business.
And finally, a Toby was given to the group’s Chairman Mr Ciaran Fitzpatrick, on the occasion of his company’s 75 years in business and for his pivotal role in the success of Toymaster.