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BPA opens the Baby and Nursery Trade Awards 2021

There are nine categories to enter in this year’s BANTAs; entries accepted from companies exhibiting at Harrogate International Nursery Fair.

With the UK’s nursery industry anticipating the return of Harrogate International Nursery Fair in October, the Baby Products Association has opened entries for this year’s Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTAs).

A highlight of the show, retailers and buyers attending always look out for the products which the judges have deemed to be the best in the show. Products are judged on several criteria which the judges believe make them attractive to consumers including safety, functionality, desirability and value for money.

This year, there are nine categories to enter: Travel, Child carriers, Furniture, In the Nursery, Textiles & Soft Accessories, Baby Essentials, Safety, Toys & Educational and Best New Product.

Entries will only be accepted from companies exhibiting at the show – which is due to take place from 17-19 October. Further information and entry forms can be found by clicking on this link, with a deadline of 5pm on Friday 17 September, 2021.

“The BANTAs are very different from consumer awards, because they take into account specific elements of a product that the judges believe will make them retail effectively – as well as being safe and desirable to the consumer,” commented Julie Milne, membership and technical manager for the Association. “For example, a fabulous new pushchair with an RRP three times higher than similar products, might well win a consumer award for outstanding features, but the BANTA judges might consider it less marketable for retailers due to the prohibitive price point. It is because of this, that colleagues in the industry place the BANTAs with such high esteem.”

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