Proud to announce that emoji®-The Iconic Brand, has been nominated for “Best Teen or Adult Licensed Property” – UK Licensing Awards 2021.

The Licensing Awards have announced their finalists. 

“After the year and half that we have all had, it feels all the more triumphant to be able to announce the finalists in The Licensing Awards 2021 – with the winners being revealed at a physical awards event on Sept. 14, which will be some reunion,” says Ian Hyder, joint managing director, Max Publishing, which owns and organizes The Licensing Awards. 

More than 200 retail buyers formed a judging panel offering their expert input across the product categories. Various panels have convened to discuss, debate and validate all the other categories to arrive at the finalists. 

“The Licensing Awards truly celebrate all that is great about the licensing community,” says Jakki Brown, joint managing director, Max Publishing. “The level of support and input has been incredible, and we just can’t wait to get everyone back together at the awards event this year.” 

In addition to all the finalists detailed below, there is a new consumer award category that will be joining The Licensing Awards 2021. This will be revealed later this week. The Licensing Awards have announced their finalists. 

The finalists in The Licensing Awards 2021 are: 

The U.K. Rising Star Award 

  • Abbie Burrows, category manager hardlines and FMCG, Hasbro U.K. & EMEA; 
  • Jessica Campbell, licensing manager – Europe, National Football League (NFL); 
  • Janna Kirkby, associate licensing manager, Acamar Films; 
  • Chelsea Schep, senior licensing manager, IMG; 
  • James Barlow, export manager, Rainbow Productions; 
  • Olivia Wiggett, associate commercial manager, The Point.1888; and 
  • Lucy Williamson, manager brand management, Beanstalk 

Best Retailer of Preschool Licensed Products (Age Group 0-5) 

  • The Entertainer; 
  • George@Asda; 
  • Nutmeg at Morrisons; 
  • Tesco; and 
  • Next. 

Best Retailer of Childrens Licensed Products (Age Group 5-16) 

  • Asda; 
  • The Entertainer; 
  • Next; 
  • Smyths Toys; and 
  • Tesco. 

Best Retailer of Adult Licensed Products  

  • Asda; 
  • ASOS; 
  • Forbidden Planet; 
  • HMV; 
  • Primark; and 
  • Tesco. 

The Radar Award 

  • B&M; 
  • Card Factory; 
  • The Hut Group; 
  • The Range; 
  •; and 
  • Superdrug. 

Best Overseas Retailer (Not in the U.K.) 

  • Aldi; 
  • H&M; 
  • Pull & Bear; 
  • Uniqlo; 
  • Urban Outfitters; and 
  • Zara. 

Best Licensed Retail Marketing Initiative 

  • MTV x River Island x British Fashion Council with Iceberg, Music Meets Fashion Competition; 
  • Natural History Museum x Finisterre, The Resilience of Nature Campaign; 
  • KFC and Comic Relief’s Merry Clucking Christmas Campaign; 
  • Mrs Hinch Exclusively at Tesco Campaign; 
  • “Peppa Pig” x Regatta at Next; 
  • The Rolling Stones RS No.9 Carnaby Street Activity. 

Best Licensed Promotions Campaign 

  • “Peppa Pig” with National Children’s Gardening Week Campaign; 
  • “PJ Masks” Superhero Bedtime campaign for UNICEF U.K.; 
  • Pokémon Happy Meals Promotion with McDonald’s; and 
  • “Tom and Jerry” and Xplora: The Movie Partnership (Agency: Lime Communications). 

Best Licensed Live Event 

  • The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience from Little Lion Entertainment; 
  • Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Wakehurst Place; 
  • “Doctor Who”: A Dalek Awakens at Resorts World from Escape Hunt; 
  • The Gruffalo Adventures at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew Gardens; 
  • “Peppa Pig” Afternoon Tea Bus Tour from Brigit’s Bakery; 
  • Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto at Centre: MK from Eskimo Jo Events; 
  • “Warhammer 40,000” Immaterium Escape Room from Escapologic; and 
  • Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star at Warwick Castle from Merlin Entertainments 

Best Licensed Toys or Games Range 

  • “Adventures of Paddington” Toy Range from Rainbow Designs; 
  • “CoComelon” Toys from Jazwares/Bandai; 
  • The Gruffalo Master Toy Range from Wow! Stuff; 
  • Maya Angelou Inspiring Women Barbie Doll from Mattel; 
  • Mini Brands Collectables from ZURU; 
  • “Peppa Pig” Wooden Mud Kitchen from HTI; 
  • “Back to the Future” Range from Playmobil U.K.; 
  • Pokémon Toy Range from Character Options 
  • Super Mario Range from The LEGO Group 

Best Licensed Dress-Up  

  • DC Superheroes Sustainable Dress-up Range from Amscan; 
  • Disney Princess Collection for George@Asda from Christys by Design; 
  • Disney Princess Premium Range for Sainsbury’s from Smiffys; 
  • “Harry Potter” Boy’s Suitmeister Dress-up from OppoSuits; 
  • Mog The Cat Deluxe Costume from Smiffys; 
  • “Peppa Pig” Careers Dress-up Collection from Christys By Design; 
  • Pokémon Dress-up and Partyware Collection from Amscan; 
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda Costume for Tesco from Smiffys; and 
  • “Star Wars, The Mandalorian” Costume for TU Sainsbury’s from Rubies Masquerade. 

Best Licensed Preschool Apparel or Accessories Range (0-5 Years)  

  • Elmer the Patchwork Elephant SS21 Collection from JoJo Maman Bébé; 
  • The Gruffalo Footwear Range for Next from Brand International; 
  • “The Jungle Book” Collection x Baby World from Primark; 
  • Peanuts Collection from Cribstar 
  • “Peppa Pig” Collection from Regatta Outdoors 
  • “Peppa Pig” Toddler Girls Range for Tesco from Fashion U.K.; 
  • Peter Rabbit Collection from Cath Kidston; 
  • Peter Rabbit Classic SS21Collection for Nutmeg at Morrisons from Dennicci; and 
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt SS21 Collection for Asda from Jainco. 

Best Licensed Childrens Apparel or Accessories Range 

  • Barbie x Powered by Kindness Girls Athleisure Range from Very; 
  • LEGO x Adidas Children’s Footwear from Adidas; 
  • LEGO Ninjango X Hype Collection from Global Brands Group; 
  • Miffy Collection for Next from Fashion U.K.; 
  • “Peppa Pig” Girls Night Time Range for Tesco from Misirli; 
  • Roald Dahl x Natural History Museum Extraordinary Explorers Clothing Range from M&S; 
  • Roald Dahl Pyjamas Nightwear for TU at Sainsbury’s from Aykroyd and Sons; 
  • Super Mario Range for Zara from Fashion U.K.; and 
  • The Wizarding World Kids Fashion Range from M&S. 

Best Licensed Adults Apparel or Accessories Range 

  • Barbie 1959 Collection from Zara; 
  • Dr Seuss Collection from Irregular Choice; 
  • “Friends” Women’s Range from Tesco; 
  • “Harry Potter” In The Style Sweatshirts from Brands In; 
  • Mickey Mouse Cares Range from Primark; 
  • Minnie Mouse Loungefly Cookies Backpack and Headband Combo from Funko; 
  • The National Gallery Collection for ASOS from Poetic Brands; 
  • Peter Rabbit Women’s Collection from Cath Kidston; and 
  • Pokémon 25th Anniversary Collection from The Hut Group. 

Best Licensed Written, Listening or Learning  

  • Adventures of Paddington Fun to Learn Magazine from Redan Publishing 
  • BBC Earth Blue Planet II Book from Penguin Random House; 
  • Elf on the Shelf Magazines from Signature Publishing; 
  • LEGO Explorer Magazine from Story House Egmont 
  • L.O.L. Surprise! Sticker Books from Centum Books 
  • Mr Men Little Miss Books from Farshore Books 
  • PAW Patrol Chase Tonie from Tonies; 
  • Peppa Pig Ladybird Range from Penguin Random House; and 
  • Timmy Time Ladybird Readers Beginner Level Books from Penguin Random House. 

Best Licensed Paper Products or Stationery Range 

  • “Animal Crossing” Villager Squares Stationery Collection from Pyramid International; 
  • The Beatles Song Titles Greeting Card Range from Hype Associates; 
  • Boofle Stay at Home Greeting Card Range from Moonpig; 
  • The Gruffalo Stationery Range from Robert Frederick; 
  • The Mandalorian” – The Child Greeting Card Range from U.K. Greetings; 
  • Minnie Mouse Positivity Collection from Hallmark Cards; 
  • Only Fools and Horses 40th Anniversary Stamp Collection from Royal Mail; 
  • “Peaky Blinders” Calendar, Diary, Greeting Cards and Gift Bag Collection from Danilo Promotions; and 
  • Spitting Image Greeting Cards Range from Emotional Rescue 

Best Licensed Giftware Range, Home Décor, Tableware or Housewares Range 

  • A Celebration of the National Trust Fabric Range from Sanderson Design Group; 
  • Mickey & Friends Collection from Mad Beauty; 
  • “Minecraft” Gift and Homewares Range from Paladone Products; 
  • Monopoly Personalized Homewares and Gifting Range from Star Editions; 
  • “Mrs Hinch” Collection from Tesco; 
  • “PAW Patrol” Coverless Carefree Bedding from Character World; 
  • Peanuts 70th Anniversary Homewares and Gift Collection from Cath Kidston; 
  • Pokémon 25th Anniversary Giftware from Abysse Corp; 
  • Roald Dahl x Natural History Museum Extraordinary Explorers Range; 
  • Homeware Collection from M&S; and 
  • The Wizarding World Collection from Wow! Stuff 

Best Licensed Food or Drink Range 

  • Barratt x Iceland Ice Creams from Ice Fresh; 
  • “Ghostbusters” Candy from Rose Marketing; 
  • “Harry Potter” Confectionery for M&S from Kinnerton Confectionery; 
  • Mr Men Little Miss Confectionery from Crème d’Or; 
  • Original Stormtrooper Galactic Dry Gin from Blue Tree; 
  • “Peaky Blinders” Wine from Vignobles Bardet; 
  • Peter Rabbit Classic Chocolate Novelties Easter Collection from Cadbury’s; 
  • “Wallace & Gromit” Biscuit Collection from Deans of Huntly; and 
  • Xbox Celebration Cake from Finsbury Foods 

The Innovation Award 

  • Batman Cape Backpack from Bioworld International; 
  • Crayola Rainbow Toothpaste from H&A; 
  • “Ghostbusters” Trap Incense Burner from Numskull Designs; 
  • “Hey Duggee” Plush Chair from 8th Wonder; 
  • LEGO DOTS Range from Levi’s; 
  • Marvel Battleworld Range from Funko; 
  • “Minecraft” Block Building Light from Paladone Products; 
  • “Peppa Pig’s” Clever Car from Wow! Stuff; and 
  • “Scooby-Doo” Products for Dogs from Fred & Ginger. 

Best Sustainable Licensed Product 

  • Alice Scott Gift Range for Tesco from H&A; 
  • The Beano, Dennis’ 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Tartan from The Prickly Thistle Scotland; 
  • Grand Designs Sofas from The Branded Furniture Company; 
  • The Gruffalo Pop-out Play-set from Play Press Toys; 
  • The Gruffalo Repreve Recycled Bedding Collection for ASDA from Dreamtex International; 
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” Happy Meal from The Marketing Store; 
  • National History Museum The Resilience of Nature Range from Finisterre; 
  • “Peppa Pig” Brand Threads Range from Coneen By Design; and 
  • “Peppa Pig” Eco Plush from Character Options. 

Best Preschool Licensed Property (Age Group 0-5) 

  • “Baby Shark;” 
  • “Bing;” 
  • “CoComelon;” 
  • “The Gruffalo;” 
  • “Hey Duggee;” 
  • “PAW Patrol;” 
  • “Peppa Pig;” 
  • “Teletubbies;” 
  • “That’s Not My…;” and 
  • “Thomas & Friends” 

Best Children’s or Tween Licensed Property (Age Group 5-12) 

  • Barbie; 
  • “Jurassic World”; 
  • LEGO; 
  • L.O.L. Surprise!; 
  • “Miraculous;” 
  • NERF; 
  • “Trolls;” 
  • Wizarding World; and 
  • The World of David Walliams. 

Best Teen or Adult Licensed Property 

  • Barbie; 
  • Emoji; 
  • “Friends;” 
  • The Grinch
  • “The Mandalorian;” 
  • Marvel Universe; 
  • “Peaky Blinders;” 
  • “Stranger Thing;” and 
  • Wizarding World. 

Best Gaming Licensed Property 

  • “Animal Crossing;” 
  • “Assassin’s Creed;” 
  • “Destiny;” 
  • “Fortnite;” 
  • “Minecraft;” 
  • “Pokémon;” 
  • “Roblox;” 
  • “Sonic The Hedgehog;” 
  • “Super Mario;” and 
  • “Warhammer.” 

Best Film Licensed Property 

  • “Cruella;” 
  • “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway;” 
  • “Tom and Jerry: The Movie;” and 
  • “Wonder Woman 1984.” 

Best Music or Celebrity Licensed Property 

  • The Beatles; 
  • Billie Eilish; 
  • BTS; 
  • Hearts by Tiana; 
  • Motörhead; 
  • Mrs Hinch;  
  • Queen; and 
  • The Rolling Stones. 

Best Sports Licensed Property 

  • Arsenal Football Club; 
  • British & Irish Lions; 
  • Chelsea Football Club; 
  • England Football; 
  • England Rugby; 
  • Liverpool Football Club; 
  • Manchester City Football Club; 
  • Manchester United Football Club; 
  • NFL; 
  • NFL Players Association; and 
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 

The Classic Licensed Property Awards 

This year’s finalists are: 


In the Night Garden; 

Me to You; 

Minnie Mouse; 

Mr Men Little Miss; 



Roald Dahl; 

“Sesame Street”; 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and 

“Wallace & Gromit.” 

In addition, the winner of the Honorary Achievement Award, given to someone in recognition of their contribution to the industry, will be given at the ceremony on Sept. 14 at the Great Room of The Grosvenor House Hotel.