The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) has announced the finalists for the Toy Retailer of the Year Awards 2018. Here’s the shortlist….

Independent Toy Retailer of the Year (single store)
• Banba Toymaster, Dublin, Ireland
• Thomas Moore Toymaster, Exeter, Devon
• T & G Allan Ltd, Morpeth, Northumberland

Specialist Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year (2 – 29 stores):
• Toytown
• Toy Barnhaus
• East Midland Toy Company

Specialist Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year (30 stores or more):
• The Entertainer
• Smyths

General Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year:
• Asda
• Tesco
• Sainsbury’s Argos

Department Store Toy Retailer of the Year: 
• Morleys Stores
• W J Daniel & Co, Windsor
• Boswell & Co, Oxford

Online Toy Retailer of the Year:
• Smyths
• The Entertainer
• Shop Direct

Nominations were invited from BTHA members’ sales directors, toy agents and national account directors as well as toy retailers who were also invited to self-nominate. Shortlisting was done by a panel of 15 people from across the industry – members of the BTHA Council, strategically based toy agents, sales and national account directors from around the UK and representatives from the toy trade magazines.

The winners of the prestigious Toy Retailer Awards will be announced at the annual Toy Industry Awards held at Olympia, London on Tuesday 22 January 2019. The gala event, which takes place on the first evening of Toy Fair, is organised by the BTHA with the Toy Retailers Association (TRA), who will also present the Toy and Supplier Awards 2018 on the same evening.

SOURCEToys n Playthings
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