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Derek Scott, general sales manager at Ravensburger tells ToyNews why the indie stores are so important to the industry.

Harrogate highlights: Ravensburger

What will you be showcasing?

We are very excited to be presenting our range of new licensed puzzles including Minions, Clangers, Star Wars, Stickman, Shopkins, Twirlywoos, Miles from Tomorrow and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as POS solutions to help members add some theatre in-store. Games continue to be a big focus for us going forward and we will TV advertise three this autumn/winter: Labyrinth, Bugs in the Kitchen and Scotland Yard.

Will you have show offers?

We will be offering up to 24 per cent off key TV advertised lines and Toymaster catalogue products.

Why is Toymaster such an important event?

Customers and relationships are of huge importance to Ravensburger and we believe in traditional values. The Toymaster show is a toy trade tradition and the mix of social and business interaction is always mutually beneficial. The fact that so many friends meet up in one place to conduct business for mutual benefit creates a unique atmosphere.

How important are the indie toy stores to you?

Independent business is still a significant proportion of our total turnover, and our bespoke POS solutions are a clear indication of how Ravensburger will continue to support independent toy stores.

What is your best Toymaster memory?

Over the years there have been quite a few memorable moments, but the reality is, it’s the silly pranks between friends, colleagues and competitors which make the show memorable and great fun.

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