Progressive Preschool Awards 2023: Independent retail finalists take a bow

The finalists across the independent retail categories for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2023 have been named.

The finalists reflect the cross-category focus of the Progressive Preschool Awards, spanning a broad selection of retailers which have made their mark within the preschool aged industry over the past year across nursery, apparel, giftware and toy.

“The independent categories always have a high level of nominations and this year was no exception,” commented Rob Willis, chief operating officer at Max Publishing, which owns and organises the Progressive Preschool Awards. “Each and every one of those nominations showed a real passion for independent high street retailing – going above and beyond to service their customers.

“We cannot wait to celebrate with the industry on 14 November and find out the worthy winners in each of the categories.”

The Retail finalists in the Progressive Preschool Awards 2023 are:

Best Independent Nursery Retailer

  • A3 Baby Barn, Esher
  • Baby Store, Sheffield
  • Babyland, Fife
  • Bambinista, London
  • King’s Baby Shop, Armagh
  • Lilycuddles Baby Store, Wellingborough
  • Newbie & Me Baby Store, Birmingham
  • Premier Baby, Stoke On Trent


Best Independent Apparel Retailer

  • Ben & Lola, Putney
  • Bo-Belles Boutique, Leek
  • Little Leggs, Shenfield
  • Mya Rose, Hull
  • Ragamuffin, New Alresford
  • Simply So Lovely, Hunstanton
  • This Little Piggy, Wokingham
  • Tickittyboo, Chipping Norton


Best Independent Giftware Retailer

  • Alf & Co, Nottingham
  • Buttercup, Whitstable
  • Ella’s Toy Shop, Stow on the Wold
  • Fox + Bramble, Ipswich
  • From The Stork Bespoke Baby, Stoke On Trent
  • Lucky and Gray, Melbourne
  • Niddle Noddle, Crouch End
  • Radish Loves, Marlborough


Best Independent Toy Retailer

  • Argosy Toys, Westcliffe-on-Sea
  • Gosling Toymaster, Stockport
  • Jolly’s Toys & Games, Kettering
  • Kids Stuff, Tunbridge Wells
  • QT Toys, Wandsworth
  • Tickety Boo, Norwich
  • Treasures of Wetherby Toy Shop, Wetherby
  • Toys N Trends, Whitstable

The Progressive Preschool Awards 2023 will take place on Tuesday 14 November at the Royal Lancaster London.

Tickets and tables for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2023 can be reserved easily and securely online by visiting or by contacting Clare Hollick at Create Events: or +44 (0)1183 340085.

Sponsors of the 2023 event include: Allison Baby (Joie), Amscan International, Aykroyd & Sons, Azaria PR, BBC Studios, BTHA & Toy Fair, Bébélephant, Bulldog Licensing & Sesame Street, Good Play Guide, Grapevine Global Communications, Harrogate International Nursery Fair, Hasbro, Insights Family, Jazwares, Juratoys, Media Snug & Nursery Online, Misirli, Moonbug Entertainment, Online4Baby, Paramount, Penguin Ventures, Poetic Brands, Rainbow Designs, Redan Publishing, Toymaster, Vista PR, Walker Books, Wildbrain CPLG.

BS Toys x Hippychick
Hippychick has welcomed BS Toys from the Netherlands to its portfolio this spring....
The Progressive Preschool Awards is returning to the Royal Lancaster London in 2024 - its 12th year - and entries for all categories are now open. ...
The latest issue also comes with the annual guide to travel systems and car seat retailing....
iCandy Molly Mae
Molly-Mae, influencer, entrepreneur and iCandy ambassador has been showcasing the versatility of the Core pushchair during an outing. ...
Mamas and Papas
The new Libro is Mamas & Papas' lightest and thinnest stroller yet. ...
Stacey x Asda
Following her spring/summer range launch for George at Asda, Stacey Solomon has announced a new launch dedicated to children's interiors....
Get the latest news sent to your inbox
Subscribe to our daily newsletter

The list doesn't exist! Make sure you have imported the list on the 'Manage List Forms' page.