The Smiley Company has honoured the partners it believes have made an outstanding contribution over the last 12 months in its 2017 awards.
Held annually, the awards celebrate the best performing, most innovative and longest lasting partners across Smiley’s range of product categories.
Speaking about the awards, Smiley CEO, Nicolas Loufrani, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to recognise the creative, fun, cool and positive products that our amazing licensees produce to make the brand what it is today.
“Our partners and the team at Smily HQ do an amazing job of co-creating with retailers, designers and marketing partners around the world to showcase our brands lifestyle vision in order to show how we do it as a brand.
“Most importantly, we want to celebrate how our partners continue to make the world a happier place and that is ultimately why we do it.”
2016 was a record year for sales for The Smiley Company who made a turnover of $265 million with more than 24 million products sold around the world by its global network of 278 licensees.
The Smiley Awards winners of 2017, are:
Best Fashion Licensee – Sicem International
Gifts Partner of the Year – Nici GMBH
Best Adult Home décor Creativity – Butlers GMBH
Best Kids Home Décor Creativity – Zak Designs Europe AG
Best Kids Apparel Retailer – Orchestra
Best Fashion Retailer – Zara
Publisher of the Year – Dragon d’Or
Best Food Innovation – Intersnack
Outstanding Sales Achievement – BSB Obpacher
Agent of the Year – Gamma Medya Iletism
Smiley Ambassador of the Year – Anya Hindmarch