The Licensing Awards 2023: The Retail finalists are revealed

The finalists in the prestigious Retail categories for The Licensing Awards 2023 have today (13 July) been confirmed.

The finalists in the five categories were reached by a dedicated Retail Validation Panel, made up of licensing industry executives from both licensors and licensees, and chaired by Richard Pink, md of Pink Key Licensing.

Richard commented: “We traditionally have a large selection panel for these awards with a very broad range of experience. The overall result, once all the discussions had taken place, meant that the whole panel was happy with the results, selecting the retailers who were the ones that are doing the most to support the licensing industry overall.”

The Retail category finalists are:


  • Asda
  • B&M
  • The Entertainer
  • Home Bargains
  • Morrisons
  • Smyths Toys



  • Asda
  • Claire’s
  • The Entertainer
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Primark
  • Smyths Toys



  • Asda
  • ASOS
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Game
  • HMV
  • Primark
  • TruffleShuffle


THE RADAR AWARD (This award is for retailers which have come on the radar on the licensing front as they have considerably upped their licensing activities in the last year (between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023).

  • Card Factory
  • Get Trend
  • John Lewis & Partners
  • Lush
  • My 1st Years
  • Studio
  • TK Maxx


BEST OVERSEAS RETAILER (This award is for retailers of any discipline selling licensed products whose main retailing activity is overseas (ie not in the UK), but which also has a physical or online presence in the UK. The award is for the retailer’s activity on the licensing front over the last year (between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023).

  • Aldi
  • Bershka
  • H&M
  • Lidl
  • Pull & Bear
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Zara


Ella Haynes, event director of Brand Licensing Europe – the headline sponsor of The Licensing Awards – commented: “BLE is delighted to return as headline sponsor for the 2023 Licensing Awards – it really is the Oscars for our industry and an unmissable night all round. Congratulations to all this year’s finalists – what a line-up and what a fantastic reflection of the breadth, accessibility and inclusivity of this industry – from classics to newbies and every demographic.”

Finalists in the Product, Property, UK Rising Star, Retail Marketing, Live Events, Promotions and Live Events and What Kids Want categories will be revealed over the coming days, so stay tuned to

The Licensing Awards 2023 takes place on Tuesday 12 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Tickets and tables can be reserved quickly and securely online by visiting or by contacting Clare Hollick at Create Events: or +44 (0)1183 340085.

For sponsorship, entry enquiries or general questions regarding The Licensing Awards, please contact Ian Hyder, Jakki Brown or Rob Willis.

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