Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 retail finalists revealed

Nominees include Tesco, Hamleys, Toys R Us, Argos and Jarrolds.
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The retail finalists for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 have been revealed.

The retail categories judging for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 took place in London last week, with an independent validation panel made up of industry experts discussing the nominated retailers in each category.

"This third year of the Progressive Preschool Awards has seen the highest level yet of retail nominations, both in terms of quality and quantity,” said Rob Willis, publisher of Progressive Preschool.

“An interesting mix of tenacious independent retailers as well as the high street giants gave the debate panel a hard time in reaching the finalists - a true testament to the strength of retail in this particular sector."

See below for the finalists in the Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 retail categories:

Best Supermarket Retailer of Preschool Products

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Best Multiple Retailer of Preschool Products (5+ stores)?

  • Hamleys
  • JoJo Maman Bébé
  • Mothercare
  • Smyths Toys
  • Toy Barnhaus
  • Toys R Us (Including Babies R Us)

Best Mixed Retailer of Preschool Products

  • Argos
  • Boots
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Next
  • Wilkinsons
  • Wyevale Garden Centres

Best Department Store Retailer of Preschool Products

  • Bentalls of Kingston
  • Fenwick Newcastle
  • Harrods
  • Jarrolds
  • John Lewis
  • Selfridges

Best Online Retailer of Preschool Products

  • Argos
  • Early Learning Centre
  • Kiddicare
  • Precious Little One
  • The Toyshop (The Entertainer)
  • Very.co.uk by
  • Shop Direct

Best Retailer Initiative for the Preschool Sector

  • Cribs And Bibs of Great Yarmouth for its By Appointment service
  • Fairies n Frogs of Ampthill for its Layaway Pay Scheme, Wrapping and personalised stockings service
  • John Lewis in Cambridge for its organised Play Day in association with Fundamentally Children and The Good Toy Guide
  • House of Fraser for its pop-up store initiative, ‘Pop @ HOF’
  • Jojo Maman Bebe for its Invent With Tom initiative
  • Sainsbury’s, for its special commissioned research on the Fifty Best Books of all time

Best Independent Nursery Retailer

  • Adorable Tots, Manchester
  • Baby & Co, Bristol
  • Baby Nest, Croydon
  • Baby Wonderland, Castleford
  • Born Direct, Bristol
  • Glasgow Pram Centre, Glasgow

Best Independent Toy Retailer

  • Honeyjam, Ladbroke Grove
  • Just Williams, Balham, Clapham and Herne Hill
  • Plaza Toymaster, Cardiff
  • The Toy Cupboard, Winchester
  • Toy Galaxy, Barnet
  • Treasures Toys, Wetherby

Best Independent Apparel Retailer

  • Brown Bear, Witney
  • Cheeky Monkeys, Grantham
  • Dandy Lions, Buckingham
  • The Pud Store, Nottingham
  • Pure Baby, Fulham
  • Toby Tiger, Brighton

Best Independent Gift Retailer

  • The Alphabet Gift Shop, Staffordshire
  • Bagatelle Toys, Henley on Thames
  • Barnaby’s Barn, Northampton
  • Hop Toy Shop, Hackney
  • Little Heroes Toys, Fulham
  • Wigwam Toys, Brighton

The Progressive Preschool Awards 2015 will take place at The Dorchester Hotel on November 12th.

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