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Character Options announces senior staff promotions

Character Options Ltd has announced the promotions of Jon Elliott and Mark Hunt.  Jon has been promoted to R&D Commercial Director. Jon will work alongside Al Dewar, Creative Director, and Gary Parker, Senior R&D Manager, in the firm’s successful in-house development team. Mark has been promoted to Marketing Director, reporting …

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Mulberry Bush celebrates 25 years in business

Family-run toy business Mulberry Bush is celebrating its 25th birthday. Founded in 1996 by Jonathan and Shirley Copeland, the company specialises in traditional and innovative toys, gifts and games for children up to the age of around 12. Now led by Jonathan and Shirley’s son Paul Copeland, over the past …

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Baby Products Association’s Robert Anslow honoured at 2021 BSI Awards

Robert Anslow, managing director of both the Baby Products Association and Harrogate International Nursery Fair, was honoured by the British Standards Institute (BSI) yesterday as he was presented with The Wolfe Barry Medal at its annual industry awards. The prestigious award is a ‘lifetime achievement award’ recognising outstanding and sustained …

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Farzana Rahman, founder of Desi Doll Company, shortlisted for NatWest everywoman Award

Nineteen women from across the country have today been unveiled as the 2021 finalists in the UK’s leading programme for female entrepreneurs, the NatWest everywoman Awards, including founder of Desi Doll Company, Farzana Rahman. Already the recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Farzana started her company over 10 years ago …

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How ‘green’ is Gen Alpha? Kids Industries to reveal new research at BLE

Family-focused marketing agency Kids Industries (KI) is launching a new report today at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) exploring the relationship children and their parents have with the environment. Hot on the heels of COP26 and the announcement that Government is planning to change the primary curriculum to include climate change science and sustainability studies, the survey of …

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G.O.S.H. adds new resources to its Power of Play hub, including exclusive HORRID HENRY animation

To understand the current impact of the pandemic on children, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and YouGov polled 1017 British parents of children aged 18 and under across Great Britain. Their research reveals that 23 per cent of parents agree that their child’s confidence has been reduced by restrictions on …

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Disguise new hire Lianne Barber to take on marketing across EMEA

Global costume company Disguise, Inc., a division of toy and consumer products manufacturer JAKKS Pacific, has announced another key hire to the team in EMEA with Lianne Barber, Marketing Manager. With over a decade of marketing, brand management and licensing experience at The Entertainer, Lianne will lead all marketing efforts …

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Children’s charity Sebby’s Corner calls for donations

Children’s charity Sebby’s Corner is today calling for donations to its 2021 Christmas Appeal. With 4.3 million children currently estimated to be living in poverty in the UK and more families faced with being forced between eating and heating their homes, the appeal will give children in Herts, Essex and …

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University Games announces the retirement of Mike Brighty

University Games has announced that Mike Brighty, Sr. Vice President of International Sales, retired from University Games and the toy industry in October 2021. Brighty has been a mainstay on the UK toy industry scene since joining Hasbro in 1989. His career took him to international stints with Hasbro as …

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The Entertainer launches The Big Toy Appeal

The Entertainer, the UK’s largest family-owned toy retailer, has joined forces with The Salvation Army to launch The Big Toy Appeal, a campaign that aims to give as many underprivileged children as possible the joy of opening a present on Christmas day. The Big Toy Appeal encourages customers to pick up an extra toy to donate …

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