The 2017 Retailer of the Year Awards are now open for entry.
The BTHA has declared the application process for the annual awards process now officially open, with a newly expanded category for independent retailers.
Retailers can compete nationally in like-for-like categories and can apply in more than one category. Self-nominations are permitted, together with nominations coming from a panel of nationwide industry experts.
For anyone wishing to take part, the BTHA is encouraging you to visit www.btha.co.uk/awards/toy-industry-awards.
The BTHA will continue this year with the option for independent and smaller multiple retailers being able 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:
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. 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.
F. BEST OVERALL TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2014 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.
Shortlisted retailers will be announced in December with the winners being unveiled alongside the Toy of the Year awards taking place on Tuesday, January 23rd.
For enquiries about the Toy Industry Awards event or the Retailer of the Year Awards process please contact Matt Jones, head of digital and services at the BTHA on Matt@btha.co.uk.