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The Independent Toy and Gift Show cancelled over coronavirus outbreak advice

The Independent Toy and Gift Show, scheduled to have taken place on April 21 to 22 has been cancelled due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak, the show’s organisers confirmed this morning. The move to cancel the show follows the latest Government advice surrounding travel, public gatherings, and social distancing issued …

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Amazon suspends shipments on toys and all non-essentials amid coronavirus crisis

Amazon is suspending shipments of all non-essential items to its UK and US warehouses until April 5, to make space for vital items needed during the coronavirus outbreak. The US company is prioritising five categories of goods which it calls essential products, and which shippers can continue to send to …

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Opinion: Is the Wild West about to be tamed? – Fanattik’s Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks is MD of Fanattik a pop culture specialist, a gifts and collectibles licensee for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures. He talks us through why the days of the Comic Con counterfeiter may just be numbered As a self-confessed geek I have no problem admitting that I have …

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The Entertainer suspends all in-store toy demos and character visits amid coronavirus pandemic

The family run toy store chain, The Entertainer has temporarily stopped in-store toy demonstrations and costume character visits in its own measures agains the continued spread of COVID-19. The news has emerged as high street retailers and shopping centres begin to implement safety measures across the UK, including in Norwich’s …

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Intu warns it could go bust following a loss of £2bn in 2019

Intu, the owner of some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, has said there are doubts that it can survive unless it raises extra funds, following its reported loss of £2bn in 2019. The firm – the owner of Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Lakeside in Essex – has said it …

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Universal Brand Development launches new Jurassic World retail campaign with Smyths Toy Superstores

Universal Brand Development has launched a new Jurassic World retail marketing initiative with Smyths Toy Superstores, a campaign that kicked off with a special screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at The Vaults on London. The event featured hours of immersive activities and the opportunity to play with new products …

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Thousands of UK businesses to receive Business Rates holiday in Budget driven by coronavirus

Business rates for companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be suspended for the coming year. The tax holiday is part of the “extraordinary measures” being taken to support the UK economy in the face of the disruption from the coronavirus outbreak. The measures apply to firms …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar extends its partnerships with Bluewater and The Eden Project

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is continuing to build on the success of its 50th anniversary celebrations last year, having seen the successful launch of a new half-term activation with Bluewater shopping centre. In a deal brokered by Rocket Licensing, the UK licensing agent for Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, the …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Small Business Sunday partners with Autumn Fair for 2020

The online business community #SBS Small Business Sunday, founded by the entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, is once again teaming up with Autumn Fair for 2020, following a run of successful partnerships across 2018 and 2019. #SBS began in 2010 and has seen hundreds of small businesses tweet Paphitis every week to …

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