Mark Collinson
Mark Collinson

The BTHA (British Toy & Hobby Association) has presented two Golden Teddy Awards to brothers Paul and Mark Collinson, at a special ‘Northern Toy Boys’ event held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where they are based.

Launched in 2001, the Golden Teddy Awards were created to reward individuals who have served the toy industry for more than 15 years. They are designed to ‘recognise ordinary people with extraordinary talents, who go over and above expectations’. Winners are announced by the BTHA at special events up to three times a year. Nominees need a proposer and a seconder, and all nominations are considered on their merits by a BTHA committee which considers nominees who possess a degree of ‘niceness, honesty and integrity’. Nominees can work in any sector of the toy industry, in any capacity.

Paul Collinson
Paul Collinson

Paul and Mark have worked in the toy industry for more than 40 years and have represented companies including Funko and VTech. They were described by their proposers and seconders as loyal, well principled, highly respected by all they work with and ‘true unsung heroes of the industry’. 

“We are both truly humbled to receive our BTHA Golden Teddy Awards. It’s not like us to shout about our work, but we are at the end of our careers now and have been proud to work as part of this ever-changing but amazing industry over many years. Thank you to the BTHA for this special recognition.”

Mark Collinson

Mark said: “We are both truly humbled to receive our BTHA Golden Teddy Awards. It’s not like us to shout about our work, but we are at the end of our careers now and have been proud to work as part of this ever-changing but amazing industry over many years. Thank you to the BTHA for this special recognition.”

You can read more about BTHA Golden Teddies here

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