The finalists for the retail categories for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2016 have been revealed, following an extensive nomination and judging process.
Retail Finalists Announced for PPS Awards 2016

The retail finalists for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2016 have been revealed, following an extensive nomination and judging process.

The judging took place last week at The Grosvenor Hotel in London, with an independent validation panel made up of industry experts discussing the nominated retailers in each category. After an interesting morning of sharing opinions and information - along with some friendly debating - the six deserving finalists from each category were shortlisted, along with the eventual winner.

"This year's judges faced an especially tough task," said Rob Willis, publisher of Progressive Preschool magazine. "As the awards gear up for their fourth year, we have seen the most impressive slate of entries yet, forcing the panel to demand the highest standards so far. The business acumen and retailing nous seen from both independent retailers and high street giants offers an inspiring insight into the strength and creativity of the preschool retailing sector in 2016."

The retail finalists in the Progressive Preschool Awards 2016 are:

Best Supermarket Retailer of Preschool Products:

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

Best Multiple Retailer of Preschool Products (5+ stores)

• Hamleys
• JoJo Maman Bèbè
• Mamas & Papas
• Mothercare
• Smyths Toys
• Toys R Us (Including Babies R Us)
Best Mixed Retailer of Preschool Products

• Argos
• Boots
• Marks & Spencer
• Matalan
• Next
• TK Maxx

Best Department Store Retailer of Preschool Products

• Bentalls of Kingston
• Daniel Stores
• Debenhams
• Fenwick Brent Cross
• Harrods
• John Lewis

Best Online Retailer of Preschool Products


Best Retailer Initiative for the Preschool Sector

• The Book Nook (Brighton) for its programme of events, readings and workshops.
• The Entertainer for its ongoing Super Saturdays programme.
• Mamas & Papas for its Parent-To-Be event and in-store masterclasses.
• Mothercare for the ongoing revamp of the in-store ELC areas and play zones.
• Piccola (Epping, Essex) for its outstanding 50th anniversary celebrations.
• Selfridges for its partnership with Jo Jingles to get kids moving.

Best Independent Nursery Retailer

• Babycare, Dagenham
• Bump to Baby, Balham
• Huggle, Hampstead
• Natural Baby Shower, Bagshot
• Peppermint, Chiswick
• Uber Kids, Wrexham

Best Independent Toy Retailer

• Cambridge Toy Shop, Cambridge
• Carousel Toys, Christchurch
• Crocodile Toys, Cirencester
• Storktown Toys & Prams, Leigh
• Toy Galaxy, Ealing
• When I Was a Kid, Wellingborough

Best Independent Apparel Retailer

• Gently Elephant, Lewisham
• JellyRolls Kidswear, Leicester
• Mini Mi, Rochester
• Niddle Noddle, Crouch End
• Sid and Evie’s, Woodford
• The Cotton Nappy Company, Leamington Spa

Best Independent Gift Retailer

• Daisy Daisy, Brighton
• Eeny Meenie Miney Mo, Ongar
• Enchanted Wood Toys, Farnham
• Kiddiroo, Preston
• Natures Purest, York
• Nursery Window, Kensington

To book tickets or tables to the Progressive Preschool Awards 2016, a fabulous lunchtime event held at The Dorchester Hotel on November 10, please contact Clare Davis at Createvents on 0118 3340085 or email