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Government to introduce tax on plastics in packaging in new Budget to ‘tackle scourge of plastic waste’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has outlined the government’s plans to increase taxes on pollution, with the introduction of a new tax on plastic packaging. From April 2022, manufacturers and importers will be charged £200 per tonne on packaging made of anything less than 30 per cent recycled …

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Generation Media: Adapting to a changing industry facing content overload

Having returned from Kidscreen 2020 with a head full of ideas of the future of the media landscape, Generation Media’s director of content, Greta Bisetto Donelan talks us through the key points to help businesses drive content through to success. Kidscreen 2020 took place last month, showcasing a stellar mix …

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Thousands of UK businesses to receive Business Rates holiday in Budget driven by coronavirus

Business rates for companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be suspended for the coming year. The tax holiday is part of the “extraordinary measures” being taken to support the UK economy in the face of the disruption from the coronavirus outbreak. The measures apply to firms …

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Kids Insights: Exploring Gen Z and Alpha’s girls views on gender

International Women’s Day may now have to wait another year before trending on media platforms across the globe once again, but that doesn’t mean the conversation has to stop there. To help fuel the momentum around the topic, Kids Insights – the kids market intelligence specialist -has presented its latest study on …

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Bandai UK sees ‘fantastic reaction’ to first Dragon Ball Super toys for mass kids’ market

Bandai UK has seen a “fantastic reaction” to its newest range of Dragon Ball Super action and collectable figures, the first range that the franchise has ever brought to the mass market space. The Dragon Ball Super range launched in January this year, marking a first for licensed toys of …

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Craft Buddy makes toy market debut with the launch of its Frameables range

The arts and crafts brand, Craft Buddy is expanding into the toy market with the launch of Frameables, its first product designed specifically for children. Frameables makes use of the firm’s popular Crystal Art format for a range of crafting products that have been designed to help children develop motor …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar extends its partnerships with Bluewater and The Eden Project

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is continuing to build on the success of its 50th anniversary celebrations last year, having seen the successful launch of a new half-term activation with Bluewater shopping centre. In a deal brokered by Rocket Licensing, the UK licensing agent for Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, the …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Small Business Sunday partners with Autumn Fair for 2020

The online business community #SBS Small Business Sunday, founded by the entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, is once again teaming up with Autumn Fair for 2020, following a run of successful partnerships across 2018 and 2019. #SBS began in 2010 and has seen hundreds of small businesses tweet Paphitis every week to …

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What has a new LEGO and Nintendo partnership got up its sleeve for Mario?

Something fun is being built… is the tease that came from LEGO’s social media account in reference to a new partnership with the video game studio, Nintendo and a secret LEGO Super Mario project. The tease was drip fed via LEGO’s Twitter page yesterday, March 10 – now officially recognised …

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Smiffys owner RH Smith & Sons acquires US business Chasing Fireflies

RH Smith & Sons – the parent company of the popular Smiffys fancy dress and party specialists – has acquired the US party and costume business Chasing Fireflies after its holding company went into administration. Chasing Fireflies is a long-established brand name in the US, known for its wide product …

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