Hat Trick of Awards for Carte Blanche Toys

11/12/12 Carte Blanche’s brand new Tatty Teddy & My Blue Nose Friends toy range has won yet another award – the third prestigious accolade since the toys hit the market just five months ago.

Dress Up Tatty Teddy was voted winner in the ‘Communication Skills’ category of the Talking Tots toy awards. The awards were set up to recognise toys which spark children’s imaginations and help them to communicate with confidence. A panel of child development experts judged Dress Up Tatty Teddy the outright winner in its category.

Dress Up Tatty Teddy is a cuddly blue nose bear which encourages role play with cute clothes and accessories. Launched in summer 2012, it has proved a hit in toy stores and grocers across the UK, with a whole new wardrobe of outfits and accessories due to launch at The Toy Fair in January.

The Talking Tots award is the third accolade for Carte Blanche toys this year. Join In and Play My Blue Nose Friends, an innovative interactive toy range, won silver in the Independent Toy Awards, voted for by over 900 independent retailers. Story Time Tatty Teddy, an adorable interactive bear, was listed in the ‘Top 8 Toys for 2012’ category in the prestigious Dream Toys awards, alongside products from industry giants Hasbro and Mattel.

Ruth Leonard, Director of Marketing at CBG, said: “It’s a huge honour to receive the Talking Tots award, and we’re particularly proud to learn that it was judged by a panel of child development experts. This demonstrates that Dress Up Tatty Teddy isn’t just a cute, fun toy – it encourages learning, too.”

Ruth added: “It took significant investment in planning and research to launch our toy range, and we were always confident that we had developed some truly outstanding products. It’s fantastic to receive such positive validation, so soon after the launch date. We couldn’t have hoped for more.”

Talking Tots is one of the UK’s leading providers of interactive pre-school classes. The classes are designed to boost children’s communication and social skills by nurturing concentration, attention and social confidence.


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About Carte Blanche Group


Carte Blanche Group is an international creator, distributor and licensor of character-branded products, including toys, gifts, greeting cards, apparel and homeware. We are best known for Tatty Teddy, the cute grey bear with a blue nose who is the signature character of our much-loved Me to You brand.

The Chairman of Carte Blanche Group is Stephen Haines, who founded Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd in 1987 with a small portfolio of greeting cards. Over the next 21 years the company enjoyed rapid growth and success, launching Me to You in 1995 and branching into humour with the acquisition of the award-winning Violent Veg brand in 2008. In the same year, Carte Blanche Greetings launched a new collectable character brand, My Blue Nose Friends, which became an instant hit in the UK and internationally. Further acquisitions followed, adding well-established brands to the Carte Blanche Greetings portfolio including Wishing Well and 4D Art.

Subsequently, Carte Blanche Group was formed to include Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd as well as new subsidiaries Carte Blanche Australia Pty Ltd, Hotchpotch Publishing Ltd and Lello Design Ltd.

Carte Blanche Group is headquartered in Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

For more information visit cbg.co.uk