Julian and I ‘joined forces’ in 2012 and Inside Out Toys Ltd was borne out of a desire to create something which would keep us both busy up until retirement age.  Both of us had come from corporate backgrounds and the lure of working for ourselves was strong!  The company was originally established in a small industrial unit just outside Derby – Julian’s hometown – and it moved to Milton Keynes in 2016 when we bought our family home in Silverstone.

Between us, we have 6 children – 4 of whom are all grown up, and 2 still living at home – so we know only too well the sort of toys children love to play with and those that parents love to have in their homes!

We have a small team at our premises in Milton Keynes and have always prided ourselves in being a family-friendly employer – taking our responsibilities seriously in terms of offering flexible working and looking after our employees.  We also recognise that we have a social responsibility as a business and try to support as many charities as we can every year – through donations to Northamptonshire Health Charity and Giving World amongst others.

Our product ranges are constantly evolving – influenced by feedback from a growing army of loyal trade customers.  We recognise the desire for sustainable toys, produced by ethically and socially responsible manufacturers and the brands we offer reflect those values.  Jumini, our own brand of brightly coloured wooden toys, was launched in 2016 and this was followed in 2019 by the Studio Circus collection of pastel coloured wooden toys, which are designed in the Netherlands.  We have been actively looking for other brands of environmentally friendly toys to add to our portfolio and came across the award-winning Tikiri brand of natural rubber and organic cotton toys at Spring Fair 2020.  So, we are immensely proud to have been chosen to represent this brand in the United Kingdom.  

We hope you will love what we have to offer as much as we do and cannot wait to supply you with some toys for your store!

Julian & Nikki Garner

Our Team

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Julian Garner
The Boss

Julian, who is by trade a Civil Engineer, has a wide-ranging work history including Programme Manager for Seven Trent Water, Director of a family run fireworks company and latterly, founder of Inside Out Toys Ltd. This toy business began in 2011 and has grown steadily ever since across the UK and more recently, Europe.

Julian is a family man at heart, with children ranging from school age to grown up and flown the nest.

In his spare time he enjoys coaching his local junior football team, fishing and generally spending time with his family.

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Nikki Garner
The Real Boss

Nikki is a country girl at heart, who comes from a farming background. As well as working for jumini, she manages to juggle 4 children, 2 dogs, a horse, and a  husband

Before starting in business, Nikki worked for Hewlett Packard for over 20 years in various roles, including marketing, finance and project management.

When she does get some spare time she likes to spend it supporting her children in their hobbies (football and pony club), dining out with her hubby and teenage girls, or riding her horse Nemo through the countryside.

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Lesley Vance
The Organiser

Lesley has had a diverse career background ranging from hospitality, to social media and business analysis before joining us here at Jumini. Returning to work after a break to start a family, Lesley is used to being surrounded by toys, although hopefully there is not as much tidying up required at the office!

As a mum of two young boys she has her hands full, but if she does get any spare time she enjoys painting illustrations and is an avid reader. She is also a fan of live music and films.

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Sri Albaradura
Warehouse/IT Manager

Sri was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the UK in 2009 to be with his British wife. He is a devoted family man with a young daughter and two grown up step children. He has had a diverse career with a long history in IT and web design, and for many years worked in real estate.

In his spare time, he loves a cold beer and a BBQ with friends and family. We also know he loves a boogie – but you didn’t hear that from us!! ?