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Toy retail duo find success in Grantham with latest store opening

A toy retail double act and founders of the East Midlands Toy Company’s string of successful toy shops, has seen a strong start for its fourth and newest store to join its growing fleet. Wizard Toys became the latest site under James Colclough and Dave Westermen’s enterprise to open its …

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UK farm that turned to toys amid BSE outbreak celebrates 30 years of successful trading

The family owners of a farm that was forced into diversifying back in 1989 amid the UK’s major BSE outbreak is now celebrating 30 years of successful trading as a toy shop. The site in Little Smeaton, in North Yorkshire, was among the many farms across the UK who had …

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Mattel celebrates Thomas & Friends: Digs & Discoveries with Thomas Land special screening

An exclusive Thomas and Friends screening took place at Drayton Manor, the home of Thomas Land, this weekend, as Mattel pulled out the stops to celebrate the new Thomas and Friends: Digs and Discoveries specials this season. Channel 5 Milkshake presenters Kemi Majeks and Derek Moran hosted the event on …

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The search for 2019’s Best Small Shop gets underway

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, is now underway. The competition begins with a focus on consumer engagement and how independent retailers promote all that is special about their businesses to the local community and consumers at large. Celebrating …

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Core Strength: How Orchard Toys maintains its grasp on the traditional

While Orchard Toys may currently be watching the dust settle around the successful launch of its first app-enabled pre-school game, Sound Detectives, this UK educational game specialist insists “it’s never felt any pressure to align itself with that digital space” the game sits within. It’s despite the surge in growth of …

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The bottom line: Why businesses need to take the ‘sustainable’ hit now

Trudi Bishop returns to the pages of ToyNews to promote the message of sustainability within the industry, this time with a call to action for the toy makers that any hit taken in the short term will pay off in the long. The groundbreaking movement by the young environmentalist Greta …

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Zimpli Kids lands licensing partnership with Ryan’s World

Zimpli Kids has secured a new licensing partnership with pocket.watch for a range of official Ryan’s World branded products. The worldwide licensing deal will witness the launch of new products based on the YouTube megastar. His YouTube channel, Ryan ToyReview, currently has over 17 million subscribers and boasts around 26 …

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BTHA hands Alan Munn the Toy Trust Outstanding Contribution award at 2019 Industry Day

The BTHA has presented Alan Munn with the Toy Trust Outstanding Contribution award for 2019 for his ‘outstanding dedication in providing services and time to the Toy Trust.’ The title was handed to Munn at this year’s BTHA & TRA Industry Day that took place this week. Graham Canning, chairman …

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Devon’s Thomas Moore Toymaster becomes biggest LEGO outlet in the South West

A Devonshire toy shop has become the proud owner of the mantle ‘the biggest LEGO outlet in the South West,’ having just undergone a refurbishment to make its toy brick department even bigger. Thomas Moore Toymaster in Exeter was already famous in the region for its impressive LEGO department. The …

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Indie video game Shovel Knight returns to Kickstarter for board game adaptation

The multi-million best-selling indie video game Shovel Knight has returned to Kickstarter to appeal to fans, this time in the form of a new physical board game adaptation. The original digital title was launched to the crowdfunding platform back in 2014 when it entered the fray with the initial goal …

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