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Hyve confirms cancellation of Autumn Fair this year; replaces with virtual event

Hyve, the organising team behind Autumn Fair, has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s home and gift retail industry show. The announcement arrives following speculation that the show was to be called off owing to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures and laws around …

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UK government to allow e-scooters on the roads in 12 month trial

E-Scooters will be allowed on Britain’s roads for the first time from Saturday, July 4th, the Department for Transport has confirmed. A trial relaxation of the laws keeping them from the streets will be applied to rental electronic scooters as the Government explores ways to introduce greener travel post-lockdown. It …

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UK shopping centre owner Intu is on the brink of administration

The UK shopping centre owner, Intu has indicated it is on the verge of appointing administrators after discussions with its creditors were stalled. The struggling business had been hamstrung by a $4.5bn debt over the past year, but in recent weeks and months has been hammered by the impact of …

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View from the indie toy shops: “We’re not out of the woods yet, but adaptability and local support is getting us through”

In early March this year, Peter Allinson, owner of Whirligig Toys had around 100 of the ‘make and do’ products he stocks in his four brick and mortar stores in the South of England listed on his online platform. As the coronavirus outbreak neared its peak here in the UK, …

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#ToyLikeMe lands pre-school series MixMups to give disability better visibility on screen

A new pre-school, stop frame animated TV series that highlights the importance of giving disability better visibility on screen and in children’s entertainment and media is going into production. Called MixMups, the series concept was devised and created by Rebecca Atkinson, founder of the viral #ToyLikeMe campaign that has been …

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Mattel names former Campbell Soup executive Anthony DiSilvestro its new chief financial officer

Mattel has appointed the former Campbell Soup Co. executive Anthony DiSilvestro to the role of chief finance officer, following the conclusion of an investigation into accounting issues that saw the toy company restate its past earnings. DiSilvestro will replace Joseph Euteneuer whose departure from the firm was detailed in October …

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TIE pushes for new laws for online marketplaces as report uncovers toy safety concerns across EU

A new report by Toy Industries of Europe has made the striking discovery that 97 per cent of almost 200 toys bought from third-party sellers on four online marketplaces in Europe did not comply with the strict EU toy safety regulations. The report – EU Toy Safety: The problem of …

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Hasbro brings its toy and games recycling programme to the UK with TerraCycle

Hasbro has expanded its toy and games recycling programme to the UK in an extension of its partnership with TerraCycle, a leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste through a nationwide programme spanning all of Hasbro’s toys and games. The new UK based programme will mean consumers can collect and drop-off their …

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Isaac Larian’s Operation Pac-Man delivers 65,000 masks and face shields to US hospitals in its first week

Operation Pac-Man, the non-profit organisation created by MGA’s Isaac Larian to help fight the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, has delivered more than 65,000 masks and face shields to 40 hospitals across the US, and has successfully tested a new ventilator prototype and supported the 250-bed makeshift hospital in Los Angeles. …

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Gibsons calls out Amazon and eBay third-party sellers over product price inflation

Gibsons has urged families and consumers shopping for its ranges of games and puzzles to avoid paying the inflated prices certain items are being sold at on platforms like Amazon and eBay by sellers looking to unfairly capitalise on the growing demand for home entertainment amid the global lockdown measures. …

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