Advocacy

Speaking up for reputable toymakers

Advocacy

The BTHA is the voice of reputable UK toy manufacturers. We work hard to protect and promote the interests of our membership of responsible toy makers at a national, European and international level and to highlight the issues caused by illegal toy traders.

National

We work with government, regulators and enforcement bodies in the UK to put forward the interests of British toy makers to ensure that we have the best possible regulatory regime which protects both responsible toy businesses and the children that play with our products.

In all the advocacy work we do we consider the interests of children and their families and their ability to learn through playing with our members’ toys. In doing so we are constantly monitoring legislative issues on behalf of our members to identify and address opportunities and threats to the toy business. We advocate from the beginning of the legislative process to ensure that the industry’s position is understood when new rules are being created, right through to implementation to ensure these rules are properly and fairly enforced.

Our latest work

Some of the issues we represent our members on:

Toy safety

Ethical manufacturing

Environmental issues

Responsible marketing to children and families

Data protection

Connected toys

Intellectual property

Trade

To support our advocacy work we commission research, attend meetings with MPs and civil servants, and host events on behalf of members.

The main event each year is the BTHA’s Parliamentary Reception held in November.

European

We remain an active member of Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) which brings together national toy associations from across Europe as well as toy companies. Collaboratively, we work to engage with the European institutions on a multitude of legislative issues which impact toy businesses. We continue to work with European colleagues and policy makers in the changing European marketplace. The BTHA has been active in identifying impacts to the toy business as a result of Brexit and has engaged with politicians to highlight those issues over the past two years, as well as finding solutions for members and offering advice and training for companies to understand the business impacts.

The BTHA, through direct membership, and via members and experts, will continue to participate in standards committees and expert groups wherever those avenues remain open to UK industry.

International

We monitor the global toy landscape on behalf of members.  We are a member of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) , with a membership made up of toy trade associations from across the globe. We come together twice a year to identify emerging threats and opportunities and to share best practice from around the world.