Law & Politics

Plans for £5 billion rescue scheme for UK high street expected to be unveiled this week

Plans for a £5 billion rescue scheme for the UK’s some 700,000 shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses to have suffered at the hands of the lockdown restrictions are expected to be unveiled in the Chancellor’s budget on Wednesday. Grants of up to £18,000 each have been drawn up …

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Toy firms and retailers unite in calls for Government rethink over UK e-scooter laws

Outdoor toy and leisure companies and retailers are among those to have issued fresh calls for a Government rethink over the current laws on the public use of e-scooters amid the surge in popularity of the sector as an alternative mode of greener transport. Leaders in the outdoor recreation sector, …

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Hasbro scraps Cara Dune figures in wake of The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano firing

Hasbro has canned its plans to produce any more action figures of The Mandalorian character Cara Dune, after the actress Gina Carano was fired by Disney last week over a series of controversial social media posts. Reports that the toy maker was no longer approved to produce the character’s action …

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UK government launches Brexit Support Fund for small businesses and retailers

A Brexit Support Fund has been launched by the UK government to help small and medium-sized businesses, including retailers, adjust to the changes in trade rules with the EU. The new £20 million fund is aimed at helping businesses that are new to importing and exporting processes and require assistance …

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Are cardboard boxes this year’s toilet paper? Pandemic drives shortages in supplies UK-wide

Thanks to the ongoing surge in home deliveries driven by the pandemic and the world’s lockdown measures, cardboard boxes could very well be this year’s toilet paper. According to the Royal Mail, it is estimated that some 200 million more parcels went through the postal and courier system over the …

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The LEGO Group joins the European Commission’s Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative

The LEGO Group has become one of the first companies to sign up to the European Commission’s new Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative as what the firm has said is a reinforcement of its own commitment to lowering its carbon footprint. The Green Consumption Pledge was detailed at a virtual …

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Environment | “Toy recycling is key to educating children”: Wastebuster’s call to the industry

An underwater photographer turned campaigner, conservationist, and educator on the environmental impact of climate change and pollution on the world’s oceans, Katy Newnham is about to embark on her latest venture to help change the course of history. Last week, Wastebuster launched its Recycle to Read and Toy Take Back …

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Wastebuster calls on industry with Toy Take Back and Recycle to Read campaign

The environmental awareness platform, Wastebuster has partnered with Products of Change to bring together a cross-sector of stakeholders to share knowledge, resources, and finance, to develop an efficient, environmental, and sustainable means of recycling plastic toys. In partnership with EPPIC (Extended Plastics Partnerships for Innovation in Circularity) the programme will …

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The Toy Store owner ceases UAE operations leaving suppliers ‘owed millions’

The Dubai-headquartered Gulf Greetings General Trading LLC – owner of the toy retail brand The Toy Store – has abruptly ceased its operations, closing stores across some of the biggest shopping malls in UAE in what has been called an “unmitigated disaster” by a number of suppliers now left out …

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Hasbro creates new Global Purpose Organisation to advance its positive impact in sustainability, ethical sourcing and more

Hasbro has detailed the creation of a new Global Purpose Organisation with the mission of accelerating the firm’s ongoing efforts ‘to make the world a better place for all children and families.’ The new team will head up the global toy maker’s current initiatives across Global Government Relations, Global Communications, …

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