UK based international nursery retail franchise wins award

Mamas & Papas, a UK based nursery retail franchise, has won the 'Rising Star Award' for international retailing success. This award, which was given at the Retail & Leisure International Awards in London, was in recognition of Mamas & Papas rapid international expansion. The brand has opened eight international stores in eight months and has a series of ambitious expansion plans over the next eighteen months.

Andrew Climance, Head of the Judging Panel and Editor of Retail & Leisure International, said: 'The judging panel was extremely impressed with Mamas & Papas' entrepreneurial spirit, its ambitious long-term strategy for growth and its commitment to becoming the world's favourite nursery brand. Mamas & Papas' evolution from small UK-based business to globally recognised brand in a relatively short time makes it a worthy recipient of the Global Retail & Leisure International Awards 2008 'Rising Star of the Year' Award.'

Richard Faulkner, Deputy Chief Executive of Mamas & Papas, said: 'We were delighted to receive such a prestigious award from a well respected publication and felt this acknowledgement of all the hard work of the last twelve months was worthwhile. This recognition of our brands achievements to date has inspired the company to aim to win the 'Best International Franchise Operator of the Yea' award next year.'