You are here because you are interested in joining us on our mission to be the Best Loved Toyshop. You would not believe the variety of job opportunities we have to offer, from the shop floor and retail management to head office and field roles.
You might want to start off by browsing through our careers pages to learn more about ‘The Playground’, our values and the way we work. We think you will find that this sets us apart from the rest.
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About Us - Over 40 Years of Selling Toys
The Entertainer began when Gary and Catherine took over the Pram and Toy Bar in Amersham, May 1981. Catherine was also a full-time nurse when the first store opened and the two of them saw an opportunity to make the shop into somewhere children and adults alike would come and visit, have fun and find something to ‘Entertain’ their time, wanting to come back to again and again!
Today, The Entertainer is the U.K.’s Largest Independent Toy Retailer with over 170 UK stores stretched across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the islands of Jersey and the Isle of Man. We also have over 20 international franchise partners trading as The Entertainer & Early Learning Centre in 28 countries such as Thailand, Egypt, Indonesia, and Pakistan… to name a few!
In 1999 The Entertainer went online when we launched our online platform TheToyShop.com! Our online offering of fantastic, great value toys continues to grow from strength to strength with new and exciting technology to ensure we offer a best-in-class customer experience, not to mention our amazing partnership websites too, which we will tell you about below.
Have you heard about Addo Play? If you have visited us, you will see their products in every corner of the store! In 2016 The Entertainer added Addo Play to the family, to create toys that delight children all over the world including exciting new products for the ELC brand. With creative teams based in Amersham and Hong Kong, the team at Addo continue to put children at the forefront of what they do, are passionate about play and love making toys that children will cherish.
The Entertainer saw an exciting opportunity to expand into Europe in 2018 with the acquisition of Poly Juguetes, a chain of 36 toy shops in Spain and with that, our online presence was expanded further, selling toys for children through their website as well.
The aim was to bring the full experience of The Entertainer to our Spanish customers, and recently we have done just that by opening a brand-new store in Valencia, replicating our vibrant, friendly, and spacious stores from the UK, in Spain! The future is bright for Poly Jugetes!
Do you remember we mentioned ELC? Well, that’s because in March 2019, the iconic brand Early Learning Centre was bought by The Entertainer. ELC’s mission and vision closely matched that of our sister company Addo Play, being committed to creating quality products and bringing innovation through new product design, as well as continuing to make the much loved and trusted toys we all know and love. The perfect partnership to develop The Entertainer brand.
We sell Early Learning Centre toys from ELC.co.uk, all UK Entertainer stores and 520 international ELC stores too!
As part of The Entertainer Group’s exclusive partnership programme, Addo and ELC toys are also partnering with a growing number of large retailers within the UK to show case our brand, selling our toys in their retail space how exciting is that!
As you can see, over the years, The Entertainer has been bold, brave and made great strides in aiming to achieve our mission to be the Best-Loved Toyshop - one child, one community at a time.
Caring about each other, what we do and how we do it.
Toy retailing is demanding, and we need you to be demanding of yourself and of us.
We are an Ambitious company always looking at ways we grow the business. We want you to be ambitious as well.
Jack Gives Back
As a Company, we are committed to giving back to the community. We are keen to support our local communities in any way we can. From raffle prizes to supporting community groups with their various fundraising activities. we are keen to get involved in our local area and help in any way we can.
We give 10% of our profits to charitable causes each year and have introduced a number of initiatives in our stores such as Pennies digital charity box, which has raised nearly £4 million for local hospitals and children’s charities since we joined forces with them!
We also have our award-winning Quiet Hour, which aims to create a more welcoming environment for children with autism.
Some Fun Facts
Our people are important to us, they are what make us tick, we are a family!
All our colleagues contribute to the success of our business, with their experience and expertise, not only benefiting our customers but the way we operate too, and with that we are recognised across the country!
We have worked with Best Companies for a number of years to take part in their annual BeHeard Employee Engagement Survey - only the highest scoring companies make the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for List! We first made the list in 2015, and then in 2018 broke into the list of Top 50 Best Companies to Work for.
Click here to see what our people say about working here.
Knowing what our people think about what it’s like to work with us is an important part of helping our business grow. You can visit GlassDoor by clicking the link below, take a look at our profile and see what it’s like to work at The Entertainer from colleagues past and present.
We are also really proud of the number of awards we have won in recent years.
We are delighted to have ranked at number 14 in The Sunday Times Fast Track list of the 200 fastest growing British companies internationally.
We are thrilled to have won Best Multiple Retailer of Preschool Products for the third year running at the Progressive Preschool Awards 2020
At The Entertainer, we celebrate birthdays, important milestones and reward our people with amazing benefits for doing an amazing job!
The Ten-Year Club
We have a business built on loyalty and commitment. The ’Ten Year Club’ is our way of acknowledging and rewarding the people who have worked for us for ten years or more. We believe that this is a significant milestone in your career. This group of long-serving colleagues meet annually at Gary’s invitation to celebrate our successes past and present. Usually, this will be a day off work having a lunch together and visiting somewhere exciting. The Club includes everyone from Sales Assistants to Directors, all of whom have contributed significantly to our ongoing success.
Your Data Privacy
The Entertainer is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. So, if you are a job applicant, a current or former employee, or anyone who works or provides services to us we have provided some documents that will help you understand how we collect, process and handle your personal data.