Calling All UK Entrants for the International Licensing Excellence Awards 2013

Posted February 19, 2013

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LIMA UK is encouraging the licensing industry to submit their entries for the 2013 Annual LIMA International Licensing Excellence Awards.  The deadline is Friday, March 1st.

Kelvyn Gardner, Managing Director of LIMA UK, expressed his encouragement to UK firms by stating that, “Last year we saw a record number of submissions from the UK, which clearly demonstrates that the UK licensing industry is punching above its weight.  The licensing industry in the UK is exhibiting growth and excellence, and these awards give companies clout on the global playing field.

“Plus, it’s pretty cool to receive one of these prestigious awards at the ceremony in Las Vegas during the world’s biggest licensing event”.

Award categories include:
Art
Character/Toy Brand
Corporate Brand
Film, Television, Celebrity or Entertainment
Sports
Licensed Promotion
Retailer

Winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Nights Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday 18th June, at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas.

In 2012, five UKcompanies were recognized in the international licensing community by winning a coveted award.  One of the UKwinners was Redan Publishing who walked away with the Best Film, Television, Celebrity or Entertainment Licensee of the Year – Hard Goods for its Peppa Pig/Fun to Learn and Bag-O-Fun magazines.

Robert Sutherland, MD of Redan Publishing Ltd said “We were thrilled to win theLIMAaward last year for our hugely successful Fun To Learn Peppa Pig magazine.  As an internationally recognised award, it has been great for developing our overseas business and promoting UK-based properties worldwide.  The award itself looked particularly striking on our stand at the London Brand Licensing show this year!”

The LIMA International Licensing Excellence awards are the licensing industry’s most influential international awards, recognising outstanding achievements in licensing during 2012. Licensors, licensees, agents and retailers can put themselves forward in any of the 17 award categories, which cover the whole licensing spectrum, from toys to entertainment, retailing to art and sport.

Only licensing programmes or products retailing during 2012 can be considered. Winners are decided by a vote of the LIMA membership.

In addition to the category entries, the awards committee will choose a prestigious “Licence of the Year”; given to the property that has had a significant and lasting impact on the licensing marketplace during 2012.

Kelvyn Gardner, Managing Director of LIMAUK, added, “It’s great to see that the LIMA Excellence Awards have steadily grown in popularity in the UK over the past two to three years.  A strong body of UK submissions has garnered a host of nominations and, last year, a record five winners. The result is that the UK licensing industry is now a recognised force in the world of licensing.

“At LIMA UK, we are therefore encouraging members to put their name forward and enter the 2013 awards. Remember, you do not have to be a member of LIMA to submit an entry for your company, or for any other company with which you do licensing business.”