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Indie toy retailer Langleys to open second store in Chapelfield

The independent toy retailer, Langleys is opening a new store in the Chapelfield shopping centre this year, with the promise of ‘rivalling deals available on the internet.’ This will mark the second shop location for Langleys, an independent toy store that opened in Norwich some 140 years ago. Langleys currently …

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Toys R Us returns and its backers are ‘open to exporting the new model to Britain’

It’s been confirmed that the collapsed toy retail giant, Toys R Us is being revived just in time for the Christmas shopping period. The toy industry veteran, Richard Barry’s plans are looking to come to fruition, when Toys R Us returns to the US marketplace later this year, in a …

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EU Commission investigates Amazon over independent seller data use

Amazon has found itself at the centre of an investigation led by the European Commission into the online giant’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that use its marketplace to sell. The Commission has stated that Amazon, as both a product seller and a marketplace, appears to be using …

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Craft Buddy sees ‘upbeat retailer reaction’ at UK trade open days event

Craft Buddy is celebrating the success of its sell-out trade open days event; a three day event that saw UK retailers flock to the company’s Buckinghamshire headquarters to get a first look at the firm’s newest ranges. According to Craft Buddy, visitors to the open days were “full of praise” …

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Oddbods is on “unbelievable growth trajectory” with slate of major global deals

The popular animated property, Oddbods is really ramping up its global activity this year, having just secured a major toy launch across Walmart Mexico, while stepping up its licensing game across Europe with the appointment of a new licensing agency in Planeta Junior. One Animation has taken steps to strengthen …

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Toy retail duo find success in Grantham with latest store opening

A toy retail double act and founders of the East Midlands Toy Company’s string of successful toy shops, has seen a strong start for its fourth and newest store to join its growing fleet. Wizard Toys became the latest site under James Colclough and Dave Westermen’s enterprise to open its …

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UK farm that turned to toys amid BSE outbreak celebrates 30 years of successful trading

The family owners of a farm that was forced into diversifying back in 1989 amid the UK’s major BSE outbreak is now celebrating 30 years of successful trading as a toy shop. The site in Little Smeaton, in North Yorkshire, was among the many farms across the UK who had …

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The search for 2019’s Best Small Shop gets underway

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, is now underway. The competition begins with a focus on consumer engagement and how independent retailers promote all that is special about their businesses to the local community and consumers at large. Celebrating …

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Core Strength: How Orchard Toys maintains its grasp on the traditional

While Orchard Toys may currently be watching the dust settle around the successful launch of its first app-enabled pre-school game, Sound Detectives, this UK educational game specialist insists “it’s never felt any pressure to align itself with that digital space” the game sits within. It’s despite the surge in growth of …

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Devon’s Thomas Moore Toymaster becomes biggest LEGO outlet in the South West

A Devonshire toy shop has become the proud owner of the mantle ‘the biggest LEGO outlet in the South West,’ having just undergone a refurbishment to make its toy brick department even bigger. Thomas Moore Toymaster in Exeter was already famous in the region for its impressive LEGO department. The …

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