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Licensing International reveals 2019 UK Rising Stars

Executives at SEGA, TSBA Group, My Icon Story and Rocket Licensing have been named among this year’s list of nominees for the Licensing International 2019 UK Rising Stars Awards. Designed to recognise the talent among the industry’s junior  licensing professionals in the UK, a shortlist of six industry names has …

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Posh Paws welcomes industry’s Lee-Anne Neale as new sales manager

Posh Paws International has welcomed Lee-Anne Neale as its new sales manager. With over 20 years’ experience in the toy, gift and nursery categories, Neale brings a wealth of knowledge from companies such as Moose Toys, KD Group and Re:Creation to name a few. Alan Smith, managing director of Posh …

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Gibsons recognised with Investors in People Standard for commitment to staff

The independent British jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, has been recognised with the Investors in People Standard accreditation for the firm’s own commitment to its staff. The family-owned business was founded in 1919 by the managing director Kat Gibson’s great grandfather, Harry Percy Gibson, and has been celebrating …

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Alpha Group’s Reg Sookee completes 100 mile cycle for Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Alpha Group UK’s Reg Sookee has completed a gruelling 100 mile bike ride to raise money for the UK children’s charity, Shooting Star Children’s Hospice. Sookee finished the challenge in a time of five hours 57 minutes and managed to raise over £1,200 through his efforts for the organisation. After …

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Fundamentally Children expands team with industry’s own Tracey Devine-Tyley

Fundamentally Children has strengthened its front line by signing Tracey Devine-Tyley to its expanding squad, welcoming the toy industry expert to the role of head of sales and marketing. Life-long Liverpool fan, Devine-Tyley boasts an illustrious career in the toy industry, having served with both Rubies and KD. She will …

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Sara Taylor named Spin Master’s UK general manager as growth across Europe continues

Changes at the top of the international toy maker has seen Spin Master promote Sara Taylor to the position of general manager for the UK. Taylor’s tenure of almost 11 years with the company has seen her play an instrumental part in the firm’s global growth, an impact that has …

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PlayMonster taps industry vet Richard Gill for VP International role among global expansion plans

PlayMonster has welcomed toy industry veteran, Richard Gill to its line-up of specialists, tapping the former co-owner of McGill Assocs for the role of VP International – or Chief Explorer Monster. Gill brings over 30 years of experience to his new role, and will use that to develop and lead …

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Epoch strengthens its Aquabeads unit with industry brand specialist Kim Nicholls

Epoch Making Toys has strengthened its arts and crafts brand, Aquabeads with the appointment of Kim Nicholls as its new brand manager. Nicholls joins the firm from her previous role at Vivid Toy Group, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the toy industry that she will utilise in …

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Board game specialist David Westnedge bolsters marketing team

The classic and traditional card and board games supplier David Westnedge has bolstered its marketing operations with the appointment of a new marketing officer, Lydia Batty. In her new role, Batty will assume responsibility for marketing products, brand management and book buying. Prior to joining David Westnedge, she kickstarted her …

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Toy Association’s Steve Pasierb: Spreading the word about toy safety

Despite what might currently be outside your window, summer is here, and along with “better weather” and longer days, comes more opportunities for families to get outside and play. It’s also the perfect time for all of us in the toy community to remind parents and caregivers about how to …

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