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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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Funko, the pop culture lifestyle, and why 2020 is going to be a game changer for its European business

It’s likely the fact that Funko – in one form or another – can be found in most toy shops on the high street or otherwise today, that the firm’s insistence that ‘it is not a toy company,’ takes some time to comprehend. As the pop culture explosion that Funko …

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“We have entrepreneurial spirit and passion for long-term success,” says Spin Master following Q4 dip

Spin Master has cited supply chain issues at its US distribution centre as the reason behind the fourth quarter dip seen by the global toymaker in its latest financial results. Amid reports of a loss of $17.2 million for the three months ending December 31st 2019, compared with earnings of …

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Innovation and creativity took centre stage at successful 117th New York Toy Fair

It was Shaquille O’Neal who cut the ribbon of the 117th New York Toy Fair this February, marking the start of what was to be yet another successful show, and the 117th edition of the global toy fair that brought in tens of thousands of play innovators from across 100 …

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World Book Day: The Entertainer launches the Big Book Rehoming campaign with The Salvation Army

The high street toy retailer, The Entertainer is encouraging kids and families to read together this World Book Day with the launch of its Big Book Rehoming initiative, its charity drive that will aim to support the one in 11 children from disadvantaged homes in the UK who don’t own …

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LEGO City and LEGO Technic help toymaker to record sales in full year results

LEGO appears to be bucking the trend of the toy industry, having reported record sales and a rise in profits in its latest financial results. The Danish toymaker has seen a strong demand for its Harry Potter licensed lines, as well as its LEGO City lines such as the Police …

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Vicki Marler-Hausen to spearhead marketing plans for FAO Schwarz and Discovery in new Redlands Distribution role

Redlands Distribution has hired Vicki Marler-Hausen of Elmer Marketing to spearhead the marketing and PR for the company’s portfolio of internationally recognised brands, including FAO Schwarz and Discovery. Marler-Hausen will take on the role of marketing consultant in the UK and will liaise closely with Redlands’ CEO Mark Handley and …

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The Source sees year on year growth in robotics toys as it eyes expansion into the wider toy sector

The gift, gadget, and games retailer The Source Wholsesale is expanding its range of educational and robotic toys following a year in which it saw a year on year growth of the category and having spotted a longevity of the market. A relative newcomer to the toy sector, The Source …

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Argosy Toys fights plans for development that will ‘obscure its shop from customers’

The owners of the Southend independent toy shop, Argosy Toys are going head to head with developers and their proposal to build a block of nine flats that ‘will obscure the shop’s popular advertising mural wall.’ Owner of the store have stated that should the plans by RG Airspace Developments …

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The Independent Toy Awards 2020 are now open for entry

The 2020 Independent Toy Awards, founded by the online directory Toy Shop UK, are now open for entry. Championed as unique within the industry for being the only awards voted for by the nation’s independent toy retailers who list themselves for free on the directory, the awards are open to …

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