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Progressive Preschool Awards: Gift Category Winners Announced

For the owners of Lucky & Gray in Derby, Tuesday (14 November) was definitely their lucky day, with Amber and Rich Kavanagh scooping the Best Independent Gift Retailer Award at the Progressive Preschool Awards. Over 400 industry executives attended the event which took place at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel.

“As an independent business we feel so proud to be recognised with this award,” said the couple. “It’s a wonderful achievement for all the hard work we have poured into creating our store.”

Above: Amber and Rich Kavanagh, owners of Lucky & Gray in Derby, with their Progressive Preschool trophy.
Above: Amber and Rich Kavanagh, owners of Lucky & Gray in Derby, with their Progressive Preschool trophy.

Also walking off stage with a trophy were the Rainbow Designs team, with the company winning the Best Preschool Gift Range for their Mickey Mouse Memories Range.

“We are absolutely delighted to win for this range, having worked really closely with Disney,” enthused Rainbow’s director of product, creative and marketing services Alys Dawson.  “We feel really proud of the range as we all know everyone shares special Mickey Memories!”

Samantha Loveday, group editor at Max Publishing told guests: “The preschool product and retail sector never eases up, it only keeps moving forward, and it only keeps growing. It’s innovative and exciting and effortlessly adapts to trends.

“As in any industry, there are challenges in the road, but there is also much to celebrate. We’re honoured to be a central part of the preschool industry and we thank you for being the conduits that make it possible for us to be so.”

The grand finale of the afternoon saw Majen Immink, head of operations at Toy Fair, presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The full list of winners of the Progressive Preschool Awards 2023 are:


Best Supermarket Retailer (sponsored by Paramount)


Best Multiple Retailer
 (sponsored by Misirli)

Smyths Toys

Best Mixed Retailer (sponsored by Rainbow Designs)


Best Department Store (sponsored by WildBrain CPLG)

John Lewis & Partners

Best Online Retailer
 (sponsored by Aykroyd & Sons)

Best Independent Nursery Retailer
(sponsored by Joie)

Bambinista, London

Best Independent Apparel Retailer
 (sponsored by Amscan International)

Little Leggs, Brentwood

Best Independent Toy Retailer
 (sponsored by Acamar Films)

Treasures of Wetherby, Wetherby

Best Independent Gift Retailer
 (sponsored by

Lucky & Gray, Derby

Best Retailer Initiative
 (sponsored by Penguin Ventures)

Peppa Loves Jumping In Muddy Puddles with Smyths Toys


Best Preschool Apparel Range (sponsored by Hasbro)

Chip the Red Panda Collection from Blade & Rose

Best Licensed Toy Range (sponsored by BBC Studios


Gabby’s Dollhouse Plush Toys from Posh Paws

Best Non-Licensed Toy Range (sponsored by Grapevine Global PR)

Janod Dino Activity Table from Juratoys

Best STEM/Educational Range (sponsored by Good Play Guide


50-Piece Rainbow Transport Pack from Connetix

Best Preschool Publishing Range (sponsored by Redan Publishing)

PAW Patrol Publishing Range from HarperCollins

Best Home or Furniture Range (sponsored by Media Snug)

Waffle 2 Highchair from Cosatto

Best Preschool Gift Range (sponsored by Moonbug)

Mickey Mouse Memories Range from Rainbow Designs

Best Wheeled Goods Range (sponsored by Harrogate Intl Nursery Fair


Gazelle S Lux from Cybex

Best Car Seat Range (sponsored by Vista PR)

Maxi Cosi 360 Pro Family from Dorel

Best Preschool Essentials Range (sponsored by bébélephant)

Savvy Light Baby Carrier from Joie

Best Infant Development Range (sponsored by Bump PR)

First Years Flower Stacker form Galt Toys

The Eco Award (sponsored by Poetic Brands)

One Size Organic Bamboo Bedtime Pearl Reusable Nappy from Modern Cloth Nappies

The Marketing Award (sponsored by Azaria PR)

Peter Rabbit: 120 Years Of Mischief Campaign from Penguin Random House

What Parents Love Award (sponsored by The Insights Family)


Best Wholesaler/Distributor (sponsored by Jazwares)

Baby Brands Direct

Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by Toymaster)

Majen Immink

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Top: Rainbow Design’s managing director Anthony Temple is shown on stage at the Progressive Preschool Awards, together with the Rainbow team, proudly holding the award for the Best Preschool Gift Range.

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