Retail

Hamleys opens latest pop-up shop in Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK

Hamleys is continuing to ramp up its UK-wide network of pop-up retail concepts, with the latest to have opened up at Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK. The iconic toy shop will occupy its new address for the next four months, tapping into the key Christmas shopping period. The store’s opening coincides with …

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The Entertainer helps generate 22,000 toy donations for The Big Toy Appeal with The Salvation Army

The Entertainer has helped to generate a mighty 22,000 toy donations for The Big Toy Appeal in partnership with the Salvation Army.  Following a difficult year for many families due to Covid-19 and the financial impacts of the virus, The Entertainer asked customers shopping online, and in store (where open), …

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UPDATED: Debenhams to close all 124 stores as JD Sports rescue talks are terminated

Debenhams is to wind down the business and close all 124 stores after JD Sports ended discussions over a rescue deal for the struggling department store chain. Rescue talks ended between the two companies following the collapse of Arcadia Group yesterday afternoon. The latest developments now puts 12,000 high street …

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The Good Retail Awards 2021 are now open for entry

The Good Retail Awards 2021 is now open for entry, encouraging retailers to celebrate their triumphs over the course of a difficult 12 months. This year’s edition of the awards will take place in virtual form and as part of Hyve’s Spring Fair @ Home in February next year. The …

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OnBuy named eCommerce Company of the Year at 2020 UK Business Tech Awards

The online marketplace, OnBuy.com has been named eCommerce Company of the Year in the 2020 UK Business Tech Awards. The awards were created to celebrate the best tech businesses from around the UK, with awards being presented to the most innovative and exceptional. The accolade is another landmark in the rise …

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Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January, says government minister

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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“Retailers are the biggest drivers for social and industry change,” says Lottie Dolls’ Ian Harkin

Retailers are the biggest driver for social change across the toy industry, but they have to first realise their own power to do so, is the message being issued to the UK and European toy shops by the inclusive and representative doll brand, Lottie. Talking to ToyNews about the step …

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Thames & Kosmos details support for brick and mortar shops and virtual showroom

Thames and Kosmos have put into place plans to support brick and mortar shops over the coming months with the offer of ten per cent discount for shops placing their ‘first order back’ throughout December and January. The move arrives as the board gaming and educational toy specialist acknowledges the …

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OnBuy encourages Britain to support indie retailers this Black Friday and Christmas through its eCommerce platform

The UK-based online marketplace, OnBuy.com, is ‘encouraging the British public to support independent retailers this Black Friday and beyond’ through its own eCommerce platform, as the business marks the launch of its first major national TV advertising campaign with ITV. The campaign has been designed to increase awareness with consumers …

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All non-essential shops to reopen in England when lockdown lifts on December 2nd, PM confirms

All non essential shops will be able to reopen once the country-wide lockdown has been lifted in early December, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed in part of a post-lockdown plan announcement made this afternoon. The news comes as welcome relief to a retail scene that had previously been …

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