Retail

Toy shops blast government’s ‘derisory’ business grants as third lockdown threatens indie retailers

Independent toy retailers have blasted the UK government for under-serving the country’s small businesses, labelling the current grants offered to them in the face of yet more months of closure as “derisory.” The announcement of further restrictions and imposed nation-wide lockdowns across Scotland and England made this week, as well …

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Orchard Toys appoints Banaghan & Co as exclusive distributor for Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Orchard Toys has appointed Banaghan & Co as its exclusive distributor for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a partnership that came into effect as of January 1st this year. The pre-school games specialist took its time in making the appointment following the retirement of its Irish agent, …

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Chancellor details £4.6bn relief package for retail, hospitality, and leisure as England enters third lockdown

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has detailed a £4.6bn relief package for the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors that will offer UK businesses a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. The measures were announced this morning, following a public message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night that England is to enter …

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High Streets in England receive £255 million in Future High Streets Funding to help business ‘bounce back’ in 2021

High Streets across 15 areas in England have been allocated £255 million of the £830 million Future High Streets Fund in a bid by the government to help them ‘bounce back’ following what was a particularly tough year on retail throughout 2020. The funding is aimed at helping to regenerate …

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Indie Insight: Carddies calls for UK’s retailers to work better and more closely with the country’s indie businesses

The independent arts & crafts-toy hybrid, Carddies, has called on the UK’s big name retailers to work more closely and better with small, home grown, and independent brands, in its bid to encourage more shelf space for the UK’s creative businesses. The London-based company behind the award-winning range of boxed …

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UK-based marketplace OnBuy eyes Unicorn status as it sees a 605 per cent year to date growth

The online marketplace, OnBuy.com is edging ever closer to achieving unicorn status as the UK’s ‘answer to eBay and Amazon’ reveals a 605 per cent year to date growth to round off “a list of incredible 2020 successes” for the business. OnBuy has made no secret of its mission to …

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TikTok and Walmart debut new livestream shopping capability

The social media platform TikTok has pioneered a new method of online shopping, having partnered with the US retail giant Walmart to launch a new shoppable livestream capability for its users to engage with. The new in-app shopping tool was piloted last week when Walmart hosted a one-hour livestream session …

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Welsh supermarkets block toy aisles as Government bans sale of non-essential items

Toys have been caught up in a sweep of ‘non-essential- items blocked off from sale across some of Wales’ supermarket retailers after the country’s government introduced level four restrictions over the weekend. With just days before a Christmas like non other, the Welsh Government announced on December 19 that the …

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Petron Sports expands international business with UK and Eire distribution deal with The Source

Petron Sports has struck an exclusive distribution partnership with The Source to bring its Sureshot and Stealth brands to the UK and Eire retail scene. The partnership will take effect on January 1st 2021. “This is a great opportunity,” said Martin Saunders, MD for Petron Sports. “We have had an …

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The BTHA calls for Government intervention to ease UK ports and ‘save the festive season’

The British Toy and Hobby Association and the British Retail Consortium are calling on the Government to intervene at British ports where congestion caused by Covid and a backlog of PPE has left shipments of toys and gifts unlikely to be delivered in time for Christmas. The BTHA is among …

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