Small business of the year ... again

AFTER being named Wigan's Small Business of the Year for the second year running 8th Wonder hopes this burst of success continues.

The Standish-based merchandise company, which provides a number of plush toys for major companies, has gone from strength to strength since collecting last year's award.

In the past 12 months it secured exclusive contracts to provide top quality merchandise for the Isle of Man TT races and the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

8th Wonder regained its title at this year's Wigan and Leigh Business Awards and are proud to be now classed as a major competitor in the toy industry.

The company, based at Worthington Lakes Business Park in Standish ,initially found a gap in the market as creators of fundraising products, but then secured the licence to design and produce all merchandise for Marvel characters in 2001.

Since then they have not looked back and now look to cash in on forthcoming superhero movies. Their first breakthrough came with the successful Spiderman film which was a hit world-wide and 8th Wonder now plans to launch Incredible Hulk goodies and bosses hope they can smash the records set by Peter Parker.

The firm is run by co-directors and brothers Gary and Kerry Tyrer who are both surprised and pleased that in a couple of years they have catapulted from virtual unknowns straight to the big league.

Gary said: "We have worked hard over the past few years, specialising in the development and manufacture of Plush Toys and we are delighted that our commitment and hard work has paid off."

The eagerly awaited Incredible Hulk movie is due to hit our screens on July 18 which means everyone is expecting to be run off their feet. It is a challenge the Tyrer brothers thrive on and will continue to work hard to secure major contracts in the future.

Kerry said: "8th Wonder are now the proud holders of a number of top licences and the excitement continues to grow."

8th Wonder also produce goods such as keyrings, fridge magnets, badges and beanies.