Neil Bandtock to depart Epoch Making Toys at the end of the month

Neil Bandtock is stepping down from his role as managing director at Epoch Making Toys, a position he has held with the firm for the last three years. Bandtock will be leaving the company at the end of this month to take the helm of another toy firm.

During his tenure at Epoch, Bandtock has successfully relocated the company from Huntingdon to Uxbridge, and significantly helped build the UK and Irish business. The company’s directors have taken the opportunity to thank him for all his hard work and wish him all the best for his future.

Bandtock will be taking the reigns of another toy company from October 1st this year, following completion of his notice period. In his stead, Shu Yamagata, will be joining EMT as interim managing director. Yamagata was until recently, vice president and chairman at EPOCH (USA), and has a wealth of experience in international markets.

Yamagata will be working with the UK senior management team to ensure it is “business as usual” for EMT and its customers.

Epoch’s finance director, Dan Tavender commented: “Although Neil leaving is a loss for the company, we wish him the very best in his new role. Nevertheless, Epoch Making Toys has enjoyed a really strong first half of 2020, with sales up despite the COVID-19 crisis. We have a powerful combination of an iconic, evergreen brand in Sylvanian Families and the number one craft kit brand, Aquabeads.

“Together with some exciting activity planned for Q3 and Q4, we are confident we will continue driving momentum and deliver a seamless transition for our customers. I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome Shu to EMT. We are excited to have someone with in-depth knowledge of the company and our brands join us, and believe he will further strengthen our fantastic team.”

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