Local Newbury Children's Playcentre Wins Prestigious National Award
22nd September 2010
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Eddie Catz wins "Best Multi Site Operator of the Year 2010" at the Play Providers Association awards.


Yesterday, bestofnewbury business member Eddie Catz, a local children's playcentre, scooped one of the industry's most prestigious awards - "Best Multi-Site operator of the Year 2010" - at the 3rd Annual Aspire awards dinner hosted by the Play Providers Association.


The Aspire Awards are industry-specific awards recognizing excellence in the play industry. The finalists that Eddie Catz won against were Gambado, Kidspace Adventures and the recently expanded Monkey Bizness. Part of the awards criteria was a mystery shop to assess the level of customer service, which Eddie Catz passed with flying colours.


The ASPIRE  awards are designed to reward excellence in a number of areas associated with successful play provision. The 2010 Awards have once again this year attracted a broad cross section of nominees from the PPA membership - from large multi site chains to smaller independent operators. The awards were held during Leisure Industry Week, the UK’s leading and most influential trade show for out of home leisure businesses.


This is the third Aspire award for Eddie Catz, having won "Best UK Family Entertainment Centre Under 12,000sqft" for its Putney site and Bronze Finalist "Best UK Playcentre Brand" in 2008.

Darren Johnson was there to receive the award and praised the dedication of the Eddie Catz Team in helping to reach the standards to achieve this.

Eddie Catz was founded in 2005 by London parents Maria and Darren Johnson who saw the need for an upmarket play facility when both their children were under 5. After opening a first site in Putney, they opened a second in south Wimbledon in early 2008 and a third in Newbury, Berkshire in June 2010. Eddie Catz provides a fun and safe environment for children to play, have parties and also learn. Its uniqueness is owed to the diverse range of pre-school classes and activities it offers as well as a superior level of  comfort, cleanliness and customer service, distinguishing it from similar centres of the past.

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