The application process for Toy Industry Awards' Toy Retailer of the Year categories is now open.
Retailers will be able to 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.
To enter, retailers are invited to submit their entry online via the user-friendly online entry form. Retailers should visit www.btha.co.uk/awards/toy-industry-awards to take part.
The category definitions are as follows:
INDEPENDENT TOY RETAILER OF THE YEAR.
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 2015 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 with the event taking place at Olympia London on Sunday, January 24th 2016 – the first night of Toy Fair.