Toys R Us, LEGO and Mattel have all been named among the top retail and entertainment companies in the second annual Super Entrepreneur list.
The listing, collated by the Marketing Agencies Association, has been comprised to celebrate Britain’s most entrepreneurial blue chip companies responsible for the country’s best-loved brands.
The Walt Disney Company, Merlin Entertainments Group Penguin Books and Hornby also featured alongside the likes of Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury’s as firms merited with making ‘substantial contributions’ to the British economy.
Now in its second year and welcoming a top leisure, toys and entertainment companies category for the first time, the listing was selected by a panel of 24 judges made up of industry and marketing experts.
Of the 200 companies to make the list, toys and toy retailers had a strong presence with LEGO placing fifth, overtaking Amazon who landed in sixth place this year, Mattel in 74th and Hornby in 99th position.
Toy retail giant Toys R Us placed 180th in the listing.
The Super Entrepreneur listing was devised in 2015 to champion the established companies still pushing the boundaries in innovation.
Tim Bourne, chairman of the MAA said: “At a time when investors are focusing on the next hugely successful tech start-up, we commissioned The Centre for Brand Analysis to focus on how 200 top companies were maintaining their innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
“It is an annual temperature check, analysing the entrepreneurial outlook and output of large companies.”
Check out the highlights of this year’s Super Entrepreneur listing below:
Top Retail Companies:
6 Amazon.co.uk Ltd
9 John Lewis plc
21 Ikea Ltd
27 Waitrose Ltd
61 Sainsbury’s Supermarket
66 Marks & Spencer plc
120 B&Q plc
125 Boots UK Ltd
139 C&J Clark International Ltd
180 Toys “R” Us Ltd
Top Leisure, Toys & Entertainment Companies:
5 LEGO Company Ltd
7 The Walt Disney Company Ltd
28 Manchester United Ltd
32 Merlin Entertainments Group
74 Mattel UK Ltd
80 Penguin Books Ltd
90 Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd
99 Hornby plc
118 Arsenal Holdings plc
157 Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Ltd