The winners of The Licensing Awards are crowned and there are some key people moves.
2018 has been another strong year in the UK licensing industry – despite a challenging retail environment, licensees and licensors have been experimenting with new routes to market and new retail names have emerged.
Brands from the digital world have been making an impact, plus it’s been a record year for fundraising for industry charity, The Light Fund, and Brand Licensing Europe said farewell to London’s Olympia on a high.
We are highlighting some of our most read stories and articles of the year in the lead up to Christmas.
The Licensing Awards 2018: The winners – Retail, Product, Property, Marketing and Honorary Achievement winners crowned in glittering ceremony.
Oasis secures entry into major household category – Retailer grows licensing programme with launch of fashion-inspired fabric conditioner.
Pete Selby joins The Roald Dahl Story Company – Former Sainsbury’s head of books and music takes on major new role.
Licensees celebrated at Peppa Pig Partner Day – eOne rewards licensees with special awards at celebration of classic property.
H&M launches unique collab with Morris & Co – Fashion retailer teams with British interiors brand for new tailored collection.
Laura Ashley to launch new audio range – Lifestyle brand teams with VQ on new audio and tech products collaboration.
Raft of licensees sign up for Smooshy Mushy brand – Lisle Licensing adds key partners across several categories for collectable brand.
Orla Kiely licensing not impacted by retail closures – Accessories and homewares will continue to be sold through distribution partners.
Mishcon de Reya launches brand management arm – New business is being led by former CAA-GBG executive, Daniel Avener.
Holly Oldham to rejoin Rubie’s as UK managing director – The move follows three years at Hasbro, where Holly was most recently UK and regional toy and game director.
Hasbro promotes Sally Carnota to key UK & EMEA role – Exec promoted to director, UK and EMEA retail development for consumer products.
Fashion UK & Global Licensing adds new joint md – Hannah Miles becomes joint managing director with Gurdev and Mickey Mattu.