Law & Politics

Opinion: International trust and how to keep our young consumers onside – Trudi Bishop

In my on-going battle against plastic waste, I have previously written that it was time for brands to be more public about the actions they’re taking to be more sustainable. Consumers aren’t looking for perfection, but they are looking for action. Action by brands leads to increased trust and loyalty. …

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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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Toy safety firm SGS to host free webinar on EU standards for electronic toys

The product safety specialist, SGS Services is to host an informative webinar session to explore the EU Standards and Regulations for electronic toys for the market today. In its aim to help toy manufacturers, importers and retailers ensure their electrical and electronic (EE) toys are safe and compliant for European …

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Opinion: The Easterly winds and why there’s plenty to be optimistic about – Steve Reece

This week’s industry opinion comes from Steve Reece, an expert toy and game industry consultant at Kids Brand Insight and Toy Team India. In this latest dose of industry insight, Reece talks us through why there’s still much to be excited about from the toy industry – once all of this blows …

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Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with £23m distribution centre development

Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with the development of a new £23 million distribution centre on the Port of Southampton, strengthening Southampton’s port-centric logistics capacity. In partnership with ABP in Southampton, and with development underway by the construction company Midas, Import Services’ new facility will adjoin its existing distribution …

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Coronavirus: Delayed re-opening of China’s factories will ‘have big impact on global economy’

Further delay to the reopening of the Chinese factories closed for quarantine over the coronavirus outbreak has stoked fears over the impact to be had upon the global economy. Across China, various provinces have posted different dates for an extended shutdown of operations and factories as the coronavirus outbreak continues …

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New York Toy Fair 2020: Headstart International readies to launch its new sustainable plush line

The Australia-based global toy company, Headstart International, is preparing to bring its newest range of sustainable plush characters, Resoftables, to New York Toy Fair later this month. Resoftables is billed as a collection of ultra-soft plush animals, each produced from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles, ‘offering consumers an eco-friendly …

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