The finalists for the independent retail categories in this year’s Progressive Preschool Awards have now been confirmed, revealing the stores which have excelled within the preschool sector over the last 12 months.
The finalists reflect the cross-category nature of the Preschool Awards, spanning a broad selection of retailers who have made an impact on the preschool industry over the past year, with a focus on toy, nursery, apparel, gift and other product.
Retailers were nominated from all over the UK in the months leading up to the judging, and consisted of both self-nomination plus hundreds of nominations from suppliers, reps and agents.
“The independent retail sector is certainly alive and battling for every pound in the register,” said PPS editor Jacqui Parr, “it is evident that the use of social media and local promotions has become a key factor for retailers who want to be as visible as possible, to as many consumers as possible.”
The winners will be revealed at the Progressive Preschool Awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 November, 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair. Tickets and tables can be organised via the online box office.
Best Independent Nursery Retailer
A3 Baby Barn, Surrey
Baby Birds, Dorset
Pushchair Expert, Boston
Best Independent Gift Retailer
Brown Bear, Witney
My Small World Toy Store, Somerset
Puff’s Toyshop, Wymondham
The Growing Tree, Market Harborough
The Nursery Shop, Abingdon
The Olive Branch, Castle Donnington
Best Independent Toy Retailer
Hoiti Toyti Toy Shop (Toymaster), Bromsgrove
Little Imps, Glastonbury
Wally’s Toys, Thame
Weasel and the Bug, Chester
Toys UK, High Wycombe
Toy Galaxy, Ealing
Best Independent Apparel Retailer
B. Biscuit, Sheffield
Bo-Belles Boutique, Leek
My Little Things, Knebworth
Pickles & Lillies, Suffolk
Pud Store, Doncaster
Sponsors of this year’s event include: Alpha Animation & Toys, Amscan International, Aykroyd & Sons, Azaria PR, BBC Worldwide, Blues Clothing, BTHA / Toy Fair, Bump PR, Centum Books, Cooneen By Design, DHX Brands / Wildbrain, Diono, East Coast Nursery, Fundamentally Children / Good Toy Guide, Harrogate International Nursery Fair, Hippychick, LicensingSource.net, Misirli, Nickelodeon, PreschoolNews.net, Rainbow Designs, Redan Publishing, Sanrio Global (Mr. Men Little Miss), Skip Hop, Toymaster, Tomy, Vista PR, Walker Books.