Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

TRENDS INSIGHT: KI’s Gary Pope on the power of nostalgia

When times are tough, we – much like hermit crabs – like to return to what we know, to what makes us feel secure. It’s innate. It’s self-preservation. And we do it with everything, from the food we eat, to the content we consume, to the toys we play with. …

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Sambro underpins European growth with new Amsterdam HQ

Sambro Europe is celebrating more than a decade in the European toy market, having gone from strength to strength since the launch of its Amsterdam hub.  The toy company first opened its European operations in 2011, to ensure that it had a frictionless hub across the region. Since then, it …

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EXCLUSIVE: Cartamundi’s Marco Van Haaften on why NFTs are “a prerequisite for success”

Marco Van Haaften is Global Licensing irector at Cartamundi. He’s participating in a panel called ‘Everything you need to know about Web 3.0’ alongside Lex Scott from Banijay Brands and Beanstalk’s Dave Tovey at the next European edition of Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit, taking place 21 June, at the …

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Bratz makes history with groundbreaking Pride collector dolls

MGA Entertainment has announced an all-new Pride Collection inspired by fan-favourite Bratz characters and girlfriends, Roxxi and Nevra. The trailblazing collection – including an exclusive, collectible Bratz two-pack of the first ever fashion doll same-sex couple and an explosive, ready-to-wear fashion capsule collection – was created in collaboration with JimmyPaul, the world-renowned LGBTQ …

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Hasbro’s Casey Collins appointed to Licensing International board of directors

Licensing International has announced that nine executives – Casey Collins, Hasbro; Michael Connolly, Retail Monster; Javier Garza, Warner Bros. Discovery; Alexandra Heyd, BurdaVerlag Germany; Tanya Isler, Netflix; Stuart Pollock, Segal Licensing; Marc Schneider, Beanstalk; Kalle Törmä, Flowhaven; and Angell Xi, Jingtian & Gongcheng – have been elected by the Licensing International …

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Money Heroes extends partnership with Orchard Toys for Ed and Bunny Go Shopping game 

Following the successful initiative of Ed and Bunny Go Shopping, Money Heroes is extending its partnership with leading educational games manufacturer Orchard Toys.  The two brands have committed to producing an additional run of the game that helps teach children to learn about money. Their jointly created board game, which …

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Gibsons launches Puzzle It Forward campaign

Recognising that times are tough for many right now, Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, has coined June as ‘Kindness Month’ and launched its #PuzzleItForward campaign. Running from the 1st to the 3oth June, the campaign challenges Gibsons’ trade customers to spread happiness by gifting a completely free …

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Carolina Perez-Amaya joins IMC Toys’ UK sales team

IMC Toys has appointed Carolina Perez-Amaya to the UK team as National Account Manager. Carolina joins IMC Toys from Tesco, where for the last four years she was the Lead Buyer for boys’ toys. In a 16-year stint at Tesco, Carolina worked her way up through Trainee Buyer to Assistant …

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Toymaster welcomes McGreevy’s Toys Direct

Toymaster has announced another new member: McGreevy’s Toys Direct of Westport, County Mayo. McGreevy’s started out over 115 years ago as a small corner grocery shop, adding toys as a permanent fixture in the 1970s. Since then, the first floor of the shop has become a large toy store, home …

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Success for Eolo Toys at Distoy

Eolo Toys has reported a successful Distoy show, resulting in “lots of smiles delivered and positive feedback”.   Distoy, the annual international show for distributors, is one of the most important events in the toy industry calendar, and this year Eolo Toys was there to showcase its well-established brands including …

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