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Inset: Progressive Preschool magazine’s publisher and editor Rob Willis and Jacqui Parr at last years event.

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elcome to the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015. Owning and organising an industry awards event is not only an honour and a privilege, but also gives us the unique opportunity to take an overview of the industry at large and what it has to offer. And the preschool sector offers a lot. Bringing the industry together to do this is actually the easiest part. Why? Because we're a sector with a number of different layers. We all work in tandem to create the end result. From our prolific retailers and cutting-edge product suppliers right through to our formidable licensing fraternity, we truly are an industry that works together – and plays together. The end result is arguably the liveliest sector on the high street when it comes to product and entertainment. All of the thousands of products entered were judged by an impressive panel of retail buyers to create the finalists we are here to celebrate today. Those retailers were then scrutinised in turn, this time by a panel of

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industry manufacturing experts, and we'll be celebrating the great and good of independent, online and major retailers this afternoon too. And that's something we can be truly proud of. Over the course of this afternoon we will enjoy reflecting on this great trade, spending time with friends and colleagues. Thanks must go out to all who make this event possible, as we enter our third year of the Progressive Preschool Awards. From our judging panels, to our industry advisors and supporters, and indeed to today's sponsors who selflessly invest in making this industry so special – we thank you all.

The Progressive Preschool Team Rob Willis, Jacqui Parr, Jakki Brown, Ian Hyder and Warren Lomax.

The Progressive Preschool Awards are organised by Progressive Preschool. The Progressive Preschool Awards are owned by Max Publishing, an independent company that is owned by Jakki Brown, Ian Hyder and Warren Lomax. The company publishes The Licensing Source Book, Progressive Preschool, Progressive Greetings, Progressive Gifts & Home, Progressive Housewares and Progressive Party. The company also organises and owns other awards events, namely The Licensing Awards, The Henries, The Excellence in Housewares Awards, The Greats and The Retas as well as Progressive Greetings Live exhibition (through its sister company Max Exhibitions). www.max-publishing.co.uk Copyright 2015. PUBLISHERS OF The publishers cannot accept legal liability for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for the standing of advertisers nor any organisation mentioned in the text.

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The Judging Process

THE DECIDING FACTORS Inset: Barbara Robinson of Mothercare was first to be hands-on with the product. Bottom: Emily Williamson of South London Sling Library reads her way through the publishing category.

To really mean something, an awards programme relies on two crucial elements – excellent entries and a credible judging process. The Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 ticks both of these boxes. The entry level this year, across all the categories was outstanding and the judging panels comprised the finest pedigree of buyers and industry experts. The finalists line-up is a true endorsement of excellence and an impeccable reflection of the industry these awards celebrate. PPS explains the process behind selecting the finalists and winners for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015.

About The Awards Now in their third year, the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 have really grown in stature, whole-heartedly accepted as true accolades that reflect the passion, dynamism and creativity which prevails throughout the preschool industry. Launched by Progressive Preschool magazine, reflecting the publication’s cross-category premise, these awards celebrate and recognise excellence in products, retailers and marketing targeted at the 0-5 year old market. Right from the outset, Max Publishing (owners of PPS) recognised how imperative it is that these awards are judged in a way which recognises and

rewards excellence right across the preschool sector and which reflects the cross-category nature of a market which includes everything from toys to pushchairs, nursery furniture to gifts and apparel to publishing. The judging criteria differs for each category (product, retail and marketing), ensuring the process can guarantee the most credible finalists and the most deserving winners.

It was a bustling morning of product and people.

Lucy Moody and Geo rgina Dalton of Fundamentally Child ren with PPS’ Rob Will is.

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The Judging Process

The Product Awards Thousands of product award entries were submitted by hundreds of companies across the whole preschool spectrum, totally free of charge. Each was then judged independently, on the individual merit of each item or range. Each product entered was targeted at the preschool market (0-5 years), and was launched at retail between July 15 2014 and July 15 2015. Entries could be for a single product or a range, except for the innovation award, which could be awarded for a specific item. The product judging itself took place on a single day in September, with strollers, apparel, A quick break and buggy-race at elevenses toys and books galore featuring among the wealth of products which were put on display for the product judging panel. Every entry was clearly labelled within their relevant award category, each and every one judged by a panel of expert retail buyers who brought their specialist knowledge and expertise from right across the preschool arena. The responsibility of judging the product The toy room wasn’t all pink and blue! categories lay entirely in the hands of this Heath Kane of Loubilou. year's judging panel, which included retail After properly assessing the entries, each judge experts from some of the then individually listed what they considered to be nation's top retailers the 'Top Five' products or ranges from each category, including (update Asda, in order of preference. Points were awarded Sainsbury’s, Boots, accordingly, which, when added together, arrived at Mothercare, JoJo the six finalists and overall winner for each category. Maman Bèbè, While the finalists have been announced, the Toymaster) – and many Amir Noorani, Baby Nest. winners remain a closely guarded secret until the more, as well as key awards ceremony today. specialist independent toy, gift, apparel, book and nursery retailers. The judges were asked to fully consider each and every entry, bearing in mind criteria such as excellence of design, innovation and originality, consumer targeting (including retail pricing) and quality of manufacture and packaging.

Clare Lane and Alex Tham of Little Gems Boutique.

Emily Williamson was at home in with the slings and things.

Claire Self and Alison Howe ll of Whitehall Garden Centre, whose preschool sectio n is booming.

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The Retail Awards

Designed to reflect and recognise the professionalism and retailing innovation over the last year, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and agents were not backwards in coming forwards in nominating which retailers they felt had excelled in the preschool retail sector.

These nominees were then validated by a panel of industry retail experts (at a meeting in September) who discussed the nominated retailers in each category before voting for their chosen finalists and winners. These carefully considered discussions ensured that the overall process truly recognises retailers' approach and achievements over the last year and maintains total integrity while arriving at the finalists and winners.

The Retail Validation Panel The Validation Panel for the retail award categories this year included top industry executives whose collective experience covered the entire retailing gamut. (Pictured xxxxx left-right) Joining PPS’ Rob Willis (who chaired the meeting) and Becky Phillips (neither of whom voted) were Christine Nicholls (Golden Bear), Tor Bushell (DHX Media), Ursula Morgan (Nickelodeon), Dena Pearce (Travis Design), Hannah Mungo (eOne), Sarah Quigley (Carte Blanche Group), Tullika Bhalla (GfK), Harrison Palmer (GSC), Dean Tollman (Vital Innovation), Clare Piggott (BBC Worldwide), Anna Hewitt (Walker Books), Mark Cobham (LifeMarque), Simon Russell (Cheeky Rascals), Kyna Covington (KDUK), Kim Bown (Misirli), Erica Roberts (Manhattan Toy Company) and Mike Chapman (East Coast Nursery).

Above: The 2015 Judging Panel for the PPS Marketing award comprised: (left-right) James Marsh (B3 Media), Christine Scippo (Kaleidoscope Communication), Barbara Robinson (Mothercare), Richard Pink (Pink Key Consulting) who chaired panel, Jeff Taylor (Arena Azure) and Kelly Jones (The Butterfly Consultancy).

The Marketing Award As parents and children become increasingly aware of the way the preschool industry presents itself in the marketplace, marketing campaigns and consumer engagement is becoming an increasingly important part of the preschool world.

The Marketing Award is designed to recognise any kind of marketing communication including TV advertising, PR campaign, outdoor event, experiential activity, promotion, sponsorship or on-line campaign for any product or service related to the preschool sector. In a meeting chaired by promotions specialist Richard Pink, founder of Pink Key Consulting, entries were assessed by an expert panel, which included individuals who specialise in either marketing or the preschool sector. “Parents of preschool children are a discerning bunch,” commented Richard Pink. “To get yourself noticed any marketing campaigns need to be creative and innovative as well as being informative. The focus of the campaigns this year ranged from charity campaigns to new products coming onto the market. The judges were mightily impressed by the creativity of the campaigns and the great results they delivered.” Each campaign was scored against criteria including clear measurable objectives, creativity of the campaign, quality of the execution and the effectiveness of the campaign versus the objectives. Drawing on the expertise of marketing and industry gurus ensured that the finalists line-up is both relevant and worthy.

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RAFFLE TIME

A MAGNIFICENT

DIG DEEP FOR CHARITY A Thrilling Day And Night Kindly donated by FremantleMedia A great one day all access pass for a family of four to visit Alton Towers (including CBeebiesland) and a £150 voucher towards staying over in a wondrous choice of hotel rooms.

Jumper-ing For Joy

Kindly donated by Brands In Win that office competition or kit out the whole family with a set up eight licensed Christmas jumpers. These can be chosen and redeemed at Custom51.

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO The Light Fund, set up by PPS directors Jakki Brown and Ian Hyder, has now raised over £800,000 since its inception in 2004. Now a registered charity in its own right, the sights are now set on The Light Fund reaching the £1million milestone, funding lots of wonderful charity projects to help children, women and men less fortunate than ourselves. Last year alone, The Light Fund worked funded projects with 17 different charities, namely The Brain Tumour Charity, Challenge Africa, Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation, The Children’s Trust, Children With Cancer UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, MS-UK, New Life, Orchid Cancer Trust, Prostate Cancer UK, Royal Free Hospital, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, Spread a Smile, The Venture Force Foundation and Whizz-Kidz.

Tickets 3 for £10

Mistletoe And Wine

Travel In Style

Kindly donated by Santoro Travel in style with some Gorjuss limited edition luxury luggage and delectable accessories. Accompanying the impressive trolley suitcase is a matching vanity case, umbrella, journal, notebook and pen, and luggage tag.

Kindly donated by Carte Blanche Group A luxury Christmas hamper including festive fizz, luxury edibles and sweet treats, all delivered in a gorgeous package.

Vroom Vroom

Kindly donated by The Licensing Source Book and LicensingSource.net Race your way around one of five tracks in the UK, including Silverstone and Brands Hatch. This amazing gift experience gives you the chance to test drive five supercars for three laps each, a high speed passenger ride and photos to prove it.

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SpongeBob SquarePrize

Kindly donated by Nickelodeon A bumper prize for SpongeBob fans – this set of goodies from Nickelodeon includes a tabletop pinball game, a twist 3 wheel scooter and large magnetic scribbler set. Hours of fun!


RAFFLE TIME

CHARITY RAFFLE Shop ‘Til You Drop.

Kindly donated by Progressive Preschool Magazine What a dream - £200 of gift vouchers to spend on what you like at Selfridges, an ultimate shopping splurge. The perfect start to your Christmas shopping, or you could keep it quiet and spoil yourself!

A Walking, Bouncing Adventure Time Bonanza

Kindly donated by Cartoon Network Be part of the crazy Adventure Time world with your own Dr Martens, a space hopper, Jake head plush hat, a Finn baseball bap, messenger bag, mini Finn plush, a kid’s onesie, a couple of ponchos, DVD and a very limited edition iPad cover.

Puppet Play

Kindly donated by Richard Caddell and Redan Alchemy. A real collector’s item – a set of Sooty and Sweep puppets as appeared on the TV series together with a signed script on one of the episodes.

Bundles Of Snow

Kindly donated by Penguin Random House This luxury collection gives you a whole range of The Snowman gifts. Your bumper Snowman goodies include the new publishing range, Thornton’s chocolate, gorgeous plush figures and several classic DVDs. It’s a beautiful gift bundle or keepsake.

Star Prize

A Spectacular Performance Kindly donated by We Made Me

Five seats in a box at the Albert Hall to see Cirque du Soleil’s latest creation, Amaluna. A spectacular like no other in the world, Amaluna has never been seen before in the UK and will mark Cirque du Soleil’s 20th year at this stunning, world-famous venue. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women, with female performers making up the majority of the cast, and all eight members of the band also women.

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BEST SUPERMARKET RETAILER OF PRESCHOOL PRODUCTS Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based supermarket retailers selling preschool product including nursery, toy, apparel and gift. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Aldi

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Sainsbury's

Tesco

Waitrose

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BEST MULTIPLE RETAILER OF PRESCHOOL PRODUCTS Sponsored by

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Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers with five or more stores, selling preschool product including nursery, toy, apparel and gift. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Hamleys

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Mothercare

Smyths Toys

Toy Barnhaus

Toys R Us (Including Babies R Us)

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BEST MIXED RETAILER OF PRESCHOOL PRODUCTS Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers specialising in other areas but also selling preschool product including nursery, toy, apparel and gift. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Argos

Boots

Marks & Spencer

Next

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Wyevale Garden Centres

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BEST DEPARTMENT STORE RETAILER OF PRESCHOOL PRODUCTS Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based department stores selling preschool product including nursery, toy, apparel and gift. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Bentalls of Kingston

Fenwick Newcastle

Harrods

Jarrold

John Lewis

Selfridges

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BEST ONLINE RETAILER OF PRESCHOOL PRODUCTS Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based online retailers selling preschool product including nursery, toy, apparel and gift. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Argos

Early Learning Centre

Kiddicare

Precious Little One

The Toyshop (The Entertainer)

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BEST PRESCHOOL RETAIL INITIATIVE Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers selling preschool product that has undertaken an activity or series of activities to promote the preschool market. These awards are for a retailer's specific initiative or its overall approach over the last year.

Cribs And Bibs of Great Yarmouth

Fairies n Frogs of Ampthill

John Lewis in Cambridge

for its By Appointment service.

for its Layaway Pay Scheme, Wrapping and personalised stockings service.

for its organised Play Day in association with Fundamentally Children and The Good Toy Guide.

House of Fraser

Jojo Maman Bebe

Sainsbury’s

for its pop-up store initiative, ‘Pop @ HOF’.

for its Invent With Tom initiative.

for its special commissioned research on the Fifty Best Books of all time.

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The furniture range from East Coast Nursery

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BEST INDEPENDENT NURSERY RETAILER Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers selling nursery product. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Adorable Tots

Born Direct

Baby & Co

Manchester

Bristol

Bristol

Baby Nest

Baby Wonderland

Croydon

Castleford

Glasgow Pram Centre Glasgow

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BEST INDEPENDENT APPAREL RETAILER Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers selling preschool clothing and accessories. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Brown Bear

Cheeky Monkeys

Dandy Lions

Witney

Grantham

Buckingham

Pure Baby

The Pud Store

Toby Tiger

Fulham

Nottingham

Brighton

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Brands to inspire...

Wishing all finalists the best of luck from Golden Bear

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BEST INDEPENDENT TOY RETAILER Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers selling toys and other play product. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

Honeyjam

Just Williams

Plaza Toymaster

Ladbroke Grove

Balham, Clapham and Herne Hill

Cardiff

The Toy Cupboard

Toy Galaxy

Treasures Toys

Winchester

Barnet

Wetherby

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BEST INDEPENDENT GIFTWARE RETAILER Sponsored by Criteria: Nominees could be UK-based retailers selling preschool gift product. These awards are for retailers' approach and achievements in the preschool market over the last year.

The Alphabet Gift Shop

Bagatelle Toys

Barnaby’s Barn

Henley on Thames

Northampton

Hop Toy Shop

Little Heroes

Wigwam Toys

Chatsworth

Fulham

Brighton

Staffordshire

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BEST PRESCHOOL APPAREL OR ACCESSORIES RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all apparel and accessories aimed at 0 - 5 year olds, including nightwear, outerwear, underwear, footwear and dress-up. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Autumn Organic Range

Billie Pram Suit Range

Ride-on Pony Costume

from Little Green Radicals

from Frugi

from Travis Design

Sesame Street Onesie, Bib and Babygrow

Star Wars Baby Range for Mothercare

Zoocchini Boys and Girls Pants Range

from Brecrest Fashion

Potwells

from Dennicci

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BEST PRESCHOOL TOY OR GAME RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all toys and games aimed at 0 - 5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Baby Stella Range

Jamm Scoot Heart

from Manhattan Toy

from Indigo Jamm

SmartMax Mega Ball Run from Smart Toys and Games

Peter Rabbit Pull-alongs

Play-Doh Creative Workshop

from Orange Tree Toys

from Sambro

Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home from Vtech

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BEST PRESCHOOL OUTDOOR RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all outdoor toy and play ranges aimed at 0 - 5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Hape Colour Croquet Set

Dinosaur Cozy Coupe

Monster Treads Range

from Marbel

from Little Tikes

from Tomy

My Free 4-in-1 Range

Outdoor Slide and Water Extension

Yetizoo Range

from Globber UK

from Prince Lionheart

from Feber

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BEST PRESCHOOL PUBLISHING RANGE Criteria: Open to all books, comics and greeting cards aimed at 0 - 5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Arty Mouse Activity Series

Bubbles Personalised Card Range

My Little World Series

from Top That Publishing

from The Square Card Co from Little Tiger Kids

Happy Hooves Series

Picture Books

from Fat Fox Books

from Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Meadow Kids Puppet Books Range from Great Gizmos

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20th - 22nd March 2016 Harrogate International Centre Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

Congratulations to all Progressive Pre-school Award finalists and winners!

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BEST PRESCHOOL HOME DECOR, FURNITURE OR BEDDING RANGE Criteria: Open to all bedding, furniture, lighting and home dècor products aimed at 0 - 5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Duux 2-in-1 Air Humidifier and Night Light

Gro to Bed range from The Gro Company

Hop Skip Jump to Bed range from Pink Lining

from Hardenberg & Co

Love Minnie Nursery range

Snuzpod 3-in-1 Bedside Crib e

Toulouse Nursery Furniture Range

from Obaby

from Snuz

from East Coast Nursery

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The award winning pre-school construction system

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BEST PRESCHOOL GIFT RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all giftware ranges aimed at 0 - 5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Safebreathe Range from Baby Bundle

Peppa and George Nursery Range from Rainbow Designs

Hair Accessories Range

Peter Rabbit Feeding Range

from Inky & Mole

from AM International Agencies

Special Day Countdown Calendar Range

Tutu, Bag and Accessories range from Little Ballerina

from WOW Toys

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BEST PRESCHOOL MOBILITY RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all prams, pushchairs, car seats and infant carriers aimed at 0-5 year olds. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Buggyboard Saddle

Daisy 3-in-1 Travel System

moova 2 Car Seat Range

from MJ Mark

from Cosatto

iCoo Acrobat Travel System

Pebble Plus Infant Car Seat

Thule Urban Glide Stroller

from Hauck

from Dorel

from Thule

from Cheeky Rascals

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BEST PRESCHOOL ESSENTIALS RANGE Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all essential infant, nursery and preschool ranges including feeding, monitoring, changing, travel product, health and hygeine. aimed at 0 to 5 year olds. To qualify, all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 14 2014 and July 15 2015.

Carry and Hang Nightlight

Kidsme Food Feeder Plus Range

Mommy’s Helper Froggie Collection

from Solution EU

from Cicada Education

from Ardega

Sleeptight Travel Cot

Stretchy Shade

Wuti Wrap

from Maguari

from We Made Me

from Redkite Baby

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THE INNOVATION AWARD Sponsored by Criteria: This special award is for one specific item of any discipline that shows outstanding innovation in its design or technical function. To qualify all products being entered must have been launched at retail in the UK between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

Caboo DX Carrier

iAngel Hipseat Carrier

LiteCup Sippy Cup and Night Light

from Dinky Dragon

from And Design

My 1st Bath Buddy Range

Pebli Town Interactive Range

Ultrabib Range

from Minene

from Mookie Toys

from Close Parent

from Bibetta

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BEST WHOLESALER OR DISTRIBUTOR AWARD Sponsored by Criteria: Open to all distributors and wholesalers of infant and preschool product, operating in the UK. Companies must be successfully trading, and are entered based on excellence in product selection, marketing, retail support, distribution potential, customer care, and online activity.

Baby Basics

Bebelephant

Cheeky Rascals

First Celtic Toys & Learning

Hippychick

Kayes of Cardiff

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mi pr global

Understanding you, communicating your message.

Understanding your brand, communicating your message

Sponsors of the Best Pre-School Marketing Award

Good luck to this year’s finalists

At miPR Global we work with both retained and project-based clients across a range of media services. Our consumer, corporate, event and digital communications strategies support our clients in building their brands, and achieve PR results that enable them to stay at the top of their game.

www.miprglobal.co.uk info@miprglobal.co.uk • Tel: 01494 372 130 • Twitter: @miprglobal

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BEST PRESCHOOL MARKETING AWARD Sponsored by Criteria: The campaign can cover any kind of marketing communication including TV advertising, PR campaign, promotion, sponsorship or other initiative for any preschool product or service. It must have appeared in the UK market during the period between July 16 2014 and July 15 2015.

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The Clangers New Series Launch Campaign This all encompassing marketing campaign to promote the debut of the new series of the much loved programme on CBeebies.

In the Night Garden Sleep Campaign

The Entertainer’s Peppa Pig Instore Promotional Programme A multi-faceted promotional campaign executed across The Entertainer’s store estate, involving competitions, arts & crafts activities to give preschoolers close engagement with the much loved brand.

An integrated campaign to drive home the message of a good bedtime routine, supported by sleep expert Mandy Gurney.

JCB’s 70th Year Anniversary Campaign

Little Tikes’ Little Trikers Campaign

Frugi’s Glamping Competition

Instigating Family Experiences activities in four UK theme parks with a focus on preschool children, reinforcing JCB as a trusted and admired brand.

Olympian Greg Rutherford fronted this Little Tikes activity which tied the launch of a new product with a campaign which encouraged parents with preschool children to enjoy the outside.

This all embracing competition encouraged consumers with preschool children to embrace the outdoor lifestyle.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sponsored by Criteria: The outstanding achievement award is open to all individuals in the preschool sector, be they retail, supplier, licensing or otherwise. Nominations were sought by way of recommendation, based on individual achievement, knowledge and performance in the preschool aged industry.

WHO WILL BE THE WINNER FOR 2015?

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Matching bedding This pretty-in-pink and delicate grey selection of furniture is perfect for families with Minnie Mouse in mind and features adorable illustrations of Minnie, co-ordinated delightfully throughout all items in the set. Beautifully designed and built to last, the Furniture Set includes a cot bed, under drawer, closed changing unit, spacious wardrobe and toy box, all packed full of convenient storage solutions to give parents a much needed helping hand in organising baby’s room.

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Ardega Nursery Distribution Saracens House • 25 St Margaret’s Green Ipswich • Suffolk • IP4 2BN

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For any enquiries please contact us on 01473 228862 or email sales@ardega.co.uk

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Visit The Trade Shop At www.sambro.co.uk

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A LEADING SUPPLIER OF LICENSED AND OWN BRAND APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES TO MAJOR RETAILERS.

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Kidsme’s new 2016 products are now available within the UK via their exclusive distributor Cicada

Kidsme Food Feeder Plus The patented Kidsme Food Feeder won the Hong Kong Innovation & Creativity Award and was nominated for the Innovation Award at the Kind + Jugend show in Cologne the same year. It has gone on to sell more than five million units globally and made many parent fans.

All that parents need to do is to chop the food and fill the Food Feeder Even if the baby has no teeth yet, it can press the Food Feeder against its palate and thus squeeze the food out. The Feeder lets babies start early chewing and stimulates oral exercise. The Food Feeder comes in two sizes suitable for age groups from four months and from six months and is available in various colours.

T: +44 (0)1277 356292 E: sales@cicada-education.co.uk W: www.cicada-education.co.uk www.kidsmebaby.com

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Get in touch T: 01242 244500 E: sales@orangetreetoys.com W: www.orangetreetoys.com

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Learn… Grow… Go! Steer your sales with our Trikes range Our 4-in-1 trikes are: • Designed to develop physical, balancing, and steering skills. • Adapts from a parent guided stroller to infant powered trike.

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Visit www.littletikes.co.uk to find out more Call us: 0845 0533 333 | Email us: Uklittle.tikes@mgae.com MGA Entertainment UK Ltd, 50 Presley Way, Crownhill, Milton Keynes, MK8 0ES

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SMARTMAX Mega Ball Run Build the ultimate ball run with amazing magnetic pieces!

uk@smart.be 01903 885 669 www.smartmax.eu

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Good Luck To all the finalists from

The B2B Publication For Preschool

ISSUE 18 JUL/AUG 2015

Products and Retailers

First Fashions

Apparel For Summer

Preschool Partner

In The Night Garden

Four Wheeled Fancy

Strollers For 2015

Summer Dreams

How Retailers Respond

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The B2B Publication For Preschool Products and Retailers

ISSUE 16 MAR/APR 2015

The B2B Publication For Preschool Products and Retailers

Toymaster Show 2015

Down On The Farm

Nickelodeon’s Preschool Push

Harrogate Nursery Fair 2015

The B2B Publication For Preschool

Products and Retailers

The Next Generation

Getting Started

Back To Basics

K&J Show Preview

Game Time

Elmo In Residence The Furchester Hotel

Licensed To Thrill

Early Essentials For Baby

Talking To Wauwaa

BLE Show Highlights

Push The Button

Games And Puzzles

Toying With Tradition

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Electronic Learning Update

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Cologne Calling

Infant Entertainment

Farmyard Favourites

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Toy Time

Show Stoppers

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