Toy Retailer of the Year Awards entries now open
Retailers can now nominate themselves, or be nominated by other industry professionals, for this year's awards
The BTHA has announced that the Toy Retailer of the Year Awards 2017 retailer application process is now open, with a newly expanded category for independent retailers unveiled for this year.
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 www.btha.co.uk/awards/toy-industry-awards to take part.
The BTHA will this year continue to give independent and smaller multiple retailers the option to include short testimonials from their suppliers. This won’t guarantee a win but is intended to strengthen an entry for the benefit of the retailer and the judges when assessing the entry.
The category definitions are as follows:
Independent Toy Retailer of the Year (under 150 sq feet)
A category for;
* An independent toy retailer with no more than two stores under 150 sq feet OR
* An independent retailer that runs no more than two toy departments within a larger store under 150 sq feet.
Independent Toy Retailer of the Year (over 150 sq feet)
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 5 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 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 straight forward online process where retailers have the opportunity to support their applications should be supported with photos. To enter simply visit: www.btha.co.uk/awards/toy-industry-awards. Shortlisted retailers will be announced in December with the winners being unveiled alongside the Toy of the Year awards taking place on Tuesday 23 January 2018 – the first night of London Toy Fair.
With the event enjoying its continuing success on site at Olympia, the event will return again to Olympia’s Apex Room and Pizza Express. The restaurant will host a drinks reception with buffet style food from 6pm which will be followed by the awards ceremony which will take place in Olympia’s Apex Room – which is used for such events. The event will finish by 8.15pm.
The Toy Industry Awards evening provides the perfect opportunity to mix with industry colleagues, partners and employees at a key industry gathering during Toy Fair.
For enquiries about the Toy Industry Awards event or the Retailer of the Year Awards process please contact Matt Jones, Head of Digital & Services at the BTHA by email Matt@btha.co.uk