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Opinion | Spring/Summer sales bloom: Seizing the secondary seasonal sales opportunity

Kids Brand Insights’ Steve Reece takes a look at the growing sales opportunities of the Spring/Summer seasonal spend, and the best way the industry can rely on the Great British summertime One of the fundamental challenges of being in the toy business is the cashflow cycle. With the majority of …

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Asmodee UK promotes Christina Brasier and Barry John to National Account Controllers

Asmodee UK has promoted Christina Brasier and Barry John into new roles as National Accounts Controllers through which they will jointly manage the board game giant’s national sales team. Having held responsibility for partnerships with suppliers and retailers including the likes of The Pokémon Company International, Tesco and John Lewis, …

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Playmobil appoints toy retail’s own Hana Sellwood to territory manager role

Playmobil has appointed Hana Sellwood to the role of territory manager for the South East of England. Sellwood joins the toy firm with over 12 years of experience in the industry and an expertise within the retail scene. Over the course of her career, Sellwood has held positions such as …

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Spin Master nominates Ed Clark and Max Rangel to its Board of Directors

Spin Master has nominated of the former TD Bank Group CEO, Ed Clark and its own global president and CEO, Max Rangel to the company’s board of directors this spring. The pair will stand for election at Spin Master’s annual general meeting on May 6 this year. Clark will join …

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OnBuy taps former eBay senior director Mark Lister for Chief Commercial Officer role

The online marketplace, OnBuy.com has appointed the former eBay senior director, Mark Lister as its new chief commercial officers as part of a series of C-suite hires for the fast growing UK company. Lister brings to the team over 20 years’ commercial experience, including expertise in the eCommerce and marketplace …

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HTI welcomes Richard Hollis to licensing division as Michelle Dalziel leaves for pastures new

HTI has appointed Richard Hollis to the toy company’s licensing division, taking up the mantle of licensing manager on a part time basis alongside Lucy Warren, licensing and marketing executive. The appointment has been made following news that HTI Toys’ senior licensing and marketing manager, Michelle Dalziel is stepping away …

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DKB Toys appoints James Luff as account manager as the firm sees surge in new signings

DKB Toys & Distribution has appointed James Luff to the role of account manager to focus on growing and nurturing the firm’s independent trade accounts going forward. The move was made in response to a reported ‘surge in new account signings’ with the toy firm this year. Luff previously spent …

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Toynamics UK & Ireland builds on strong year of growth with two new appointments

Toynamics UK and Ireland is continuing its growth plans for 2021 with two new appointments to the team as it welcomes Alison Whitfield to the firm and promotes Kate Mulliner. Taking up new managerial roles within the outfit, the new appointments are a strong reflection of the positive growth the …

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Opinion | West End Farewells? – Regent Street’s Hamleys has met a modern cross-roads

While the past year has seen the toy industry achieve great results through channels nimble enough to adapt to the demands of the pandemic, for many a big name retailer, the road has been a rocky one. Among them, the iconic toy shop, Hamleys has suffered its fair share of …

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BTHA to welcome VTech’s Graham Canning as Chairman as Andrew Laughton completes term

The British Toy and Hobby Association will be welcoming a new chairman next week, as a changing of the guard will give thanks to Andrew Laughton for his tenure with the industry organisation and introduce VTech’s own Graham Canning to the position. The change-over will take effect as of Monday, …

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