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The Insights People named Global Market Research of the Year

The kids’ market intelligence outfit, The Insights People, has been named Global Market Research of the Year by the International Trade Council during its International Go Global Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place on October 23 2019 in Chicago where The Insights People was recognised as the most comprehensive and …

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Mothercare staff denied redundancy pay as UK retailer collapses

Staff at the collapsed UK retailer Mothercare will receive nothing in redundancy pay, it has emerged, as the business made clear its plans to enter administration just weeks ahead of the Christmas season. Workers have instead been advised to apply for statutory redundancy by visiting the Government’s website. This follows …

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One third of US parents unaware of the dangers surrounding counterfeit toys

Almost one third of US parents remain unaware to the dangers and numbers of counterfeit toys being sold on major online marketplaces, according to a new survey commissioned by the Toy Association. The results have uncovered a blind spot in modern consumer habits, through which  fraudulent toys that could be …

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Smyths Toys to open new Portsmouth store with two-day party

A new Smyths Toys Superstore is opening in Portsmouth this weekend with a range of party activities for shoppers to take part in from 8am tomorrow morning. Characters from PJ Masks, the Fat Controller from Thomas & Friends, Elf on the Shelf, Strawberry Kiss from Shopkins and a giant Schleich …

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The BTHA names Kids Out official charity partner for Toy Fair 2020

The British Toy and Hobby Association has selected Kids Out as the Toy Fair 2020’s official charity partner. KidsOut works with Women’s Aid Federation refuges across the UK. The charity provides support, organises positive experiences, and gives toys to vulnerable children across the country who have escaped domestic abuse. For …

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Demand for Hong Kong Toy Fair’s World of Toys Pavilion “strong as ever”

Gibsons will be representing the UK amid a line up of 26 exhibitors from 13 countries to have registered for the World of Toys Pavilion at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair next year. According to Spielwarenmesse, the demand for the international pavilion ‘has been as strong as ever’ …

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Mattel’s CFO departs in wake of investigation into firm’s accounting errors

Mattel’s chief financial officer is leaving the US toymaker in the wake of a investigation into the firm’s accounting errors and subsequent breaches of auditor independence rules. The toy company has maintained that CFO Joseph Euteneuer’s departure is not to blame for the accounting problems, but that the six-month transition …

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Smiffys appoints Kerry Logistics as the UK fancy dress business eyes further international growth

Kerry Logistics has secured a global supply chain contract with the UK-based family-owned fancy dress business, Smiffys. As part of the contract, the Hong Kong headquartered logistics company has set up a new central distribution centre for Smiffys in Ningbo, a key port and industrial hub in east China’s Zhejiang …

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Boris Johnson named among top pop culture costumes for Halloween in Beano survey

Clowns to the left of him, Jokers to the right, British PM Boris Johnson has found himself slap bang in the middle of a poll of the ghastliest figures of the 21st Century and Halloween dress-up favourites by UK children, according to a new survey conducted by Beano. In a …

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Profits at Smyths Toys soar to more €35 million with strong performance in Europe

Profits at Smyths Toys soared to more than €35 million last year thanks to a very strong performance by the toy retailer’s European operations. The combined sales of the group’s business in Ireland, the UK and Europe amounted to €1.2bn, a long way from the turnover once made when the …

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