The winners of the first ever Progressive Preschool Awards were revealed at a ceremony held at London’s Dorchester Hotel this week.
Hosted by comedian Sean Collins, the event celebrating independent retailers, major retailers and suppliers in the preschool industry, took place on Monday, November 11th.
"The event was a spectacular celebration for the high achievers and champions of the pre-school sector," said Rob Willis, publisher of Progressive Preschool.
"The afternoon truly brought the industry together to recognise the power of quality product, superior retail and relationships that go beyond the balance sheet."
300 retailers, suppliers, exhibition organisers and trade associations attended the event in Mayfair alongside awards sponsors including Advanstar, Carte Blanche Greetings, Cheeky Rascals, Fisher-Price/Mattel, Inspiration Works, Warner Bros, Disney and VTech.
The winners (pictured) of the Progressive Preschool Awards, 2013 are:
Best Preschool Apparel and Accessories Range
PaddlePak Tropical Range from Trunki
Best Preschool Toy Range
Plan Toys from Great Gizmos
Best Preschool Publishing Range
Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely and Lift-The-Flap Playbooks from Usborne Children’s Books
Best Preschool Home Décor, Furniture and Bedding Range
Koo-di Bath Range from Weybury Hildreth
Best Preschool Gift Range
Organic Baby Clothing Giftset from Kite Kids
Best Preschool Mobility Product
Ip Op Evolution Travel System from Bébécar, distributed by East Coast Nursery
Best Preschool Feeding Product
Pulp Silicone Teething Feeder from Boon, distributed by Tomy
The Innovation Award
Angel Care Soft-Touch Bath Support, from Hardenberg & Co
The Marketing Award
Let Toys be Toys
Best Independent Nursery Retailer
Ann¹s Prams Nursery & Baby Centre, Petersfield
Best Independent Toy Retailer
Kids Stuff Toymaster, Wells
Best Independent Apparel, Lifestyle, Giftwear Retailer
Igloo Kids, Islington, St John’s Wood and Chelsea
Best Supermarket Retailer of Preschool Products
Best Multiple Retailer of Preschool Products
JoJo Maman Bébé
Best Varietal Retailer of Preschool Products
Best Department Store
Best Online Retailer
Best Preschool Retailer Initiative
JoJo Maman Bébé for its photoshoots of children of friends and customers
The Progressive Preschool Awards will now become an annual event with the date for the 2014 awards pending confirmation.