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Natasha Crookes steps down from BTHA role to launch PR and public affairs consultancy

Natasha Crookes, the director of public affairs and communications with the British Toy and Hobby Association, is stepping down from her role this October to set up her own PR and public affairs consultancy. Crookes first joined the BTHA in 2002 as Deputy Toy Fair organiser, taking over the head …

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Obituary | Peter Lockey, co-founder of The Puppet Company

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that Peter Lockey, co-founder and director of The Puppet Company, passed away on July 1st 2021, following a six month battle with a brain tumour. Founded by Peter and his wife, Sue, The Puppet Company was established in 2001 with the aim …

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DKB Toys appoints former WHSmith Travel buyer, George Stone to its UK buying team

DKB Toys and Distribution has responded to the recent account growth and new client acquisitions with the appointment of George Stone to the UK buying team. Previously a toys and games and soft toys assistant buyer for WHSmith Travel, Stone joins the company as a junior buyer with two years’ …

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Hasbro promotes Kim Boyd to Head of Global Brands and Consumer Innovation

Hasbro has promoted its senior vice president and general manager of global brands, Kim Boyd to the role of head of global brands and consumer innovation within its newly created Global Consumer Innovation Organisation. In her new role, Boyd will be responsible for driving Hasbro’s brands cohesively, consistently, and globally …

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Book of Beasties taps education sector for new CEO and head of sales as it eyes UK growth

The children’s mental health and wellness game company, Book of Beasties, has appointed a new CEO and head of sales as the team eyes UK growth and new avenues for product development. Former teacher, economist, and education adviser, Oisin Bishenden has taken over the reins of the award-winning children’s games …

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MGA Entertainment names Julie Taylor its new sales director

MGA Entertainment UK and Ireland has appointed Julie Taylor as its new sales director, a role she will take up this autumn as she leaves her post of 15 years with Golden Bear. Based in the UK head office in Milton Keynes, Taylor will oversee the sales portfolio of all …

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Golden Bear makes raft of staff changes as it prepares for continued global growth

The British toy company, Golden Bear has detailed a raft of staff changes as it prepares for continued global growth this year and beyond. The firm will be bidding a fond farewell to sales director Julie Taylor, who is moving to a new position, and welcoming Becky Matthews (pictured left) …

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Willi Zapf, former Zapf Creation owner, passes away aged 83

With great sadness, the Zapf Creation team shares the news that the company’s former owner Willi Zapf passed away on 30 June 2021 at the age of 83. In a statement issued this morning, the Zapf Creation team said that “Willi will be remembered as a committed and optimistic entrepreneur …

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Asmodee Entertainment appoints European media development and licensing manager

Asmodee Entertainment is building on its licensing success of 2020 with the appointment of Etienne Bonnin as the firm’s new senior manager, media development and licensing. Based in Paris, Bonnin will report into Darren Kyman, SVP, business development for Asmodee Entertainment, a unit of the board game giant dedicated to …

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Casdon Toys appoints Simone Inskip as its new marketing manager

Casdon Toys is expanding its marketing team with the appointment of Simone Inskip, formerly of MGA Entertainment, as the team’s new marketing manager. Inskip joins the team this month, having spent the past three years working at MGA Entertainment, bringing with her a wealth of experience across the toy and …

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