The Licensing Source Book Europe has officially launched The Licensing Awards 2008, with the final category line-up including five new awards.
This year's ceremony will take place on Wednesday September 17th at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. For the third year running, Spring Fair Birmingham is the headline sponsor, while industry body LIMA UK is the official supporter of the awards.
The new categories are dedicated to brand licensing, encompassing sports and celebrities, as well as general brands. They are Best Licensed Dress Up/Party Range, Best Licensed Brand Range: Soft Goods, Best Licensed Brand Range: Hard Goods, Best Sports Licensed Property, Best Celebrity Licensed Property and Best Brand Licensed Property.
There is also a new award in the retailer category - Best Brand Retailer of Licensed Products.
Entry forms can be downloaded here and all retailers, licensees, licensors and suppliers are invited to submit their nominations and votes before the first closing date of May 15th.
All finalists will be announced by July 1st and will appear in the Brand & Sport Licensing Source Book 2008 and the Autumn 2008 edition of The Licensing Source Book.
"Few can deny the fervour of activity in the brand licensing sector so we are proud to announce these new additional awards this year to recognise and reward this," said Ian Hyder, publishing director of The Licensing Source Book Europe.
"As the biggest awards ceremony in the annual licensing calendar, we look forward to another fantastic event that will celebrate the innovation and ever-increasing success in the licensing industry."
For further details of the award categories and for ticket details, click here.