Retail

Brexit: “No good news story here” for small business toy sellers hit by rising import charges

Online toy sellers are among the thousands of UK small businesses feeling the immediate sting of a Brexit trade deal that has shown early signs ‘of being no good for anyone in the business of selling to the EU.’ Retailers such as the online toy shop Kiddimax have been left …

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Kids Insights – The direct approach: Will 2021 be the year for direct to consumer selling?

In its latest report in which it outlines the consumer trends among children aged three to 18 set to shape the coming year, market intelligence agency, Kids Insights predicts a stark rise in direct to consumer retail. With social media and brand’s own platforms playing such an integral role in …

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“Transformation at Hornby accelerates” as hobby firm is on track for 20 per cent Q3 sales increase

The hobby specialist, Hornby has said it expects to see between 15 to 20 per cent higher sales in the financial year ending March 31st, stating that the “transformation at Hornby continues to accelerate.” The model train company has issued early reports that its third quarter of the financial year, …

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Indie Insight: Galway’s Toy Corner and its whirlwind first year of winning awards and ‘selling memories’

Hazel McCarthy, owner of the Galway-based indie toy retailer, Toy Corner likes to think of herself as in the “business of making memories” rather than selling toys, having set up shop just one year ago to become the only shop of its kind in the Gaeltacht village of Moycullen. Having …

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Indie insight: Armadillo Toys’ Lisa Clay on lockdown spirit and being the BTHA’s Ultimate Superhero

For the past 17 years, the independent retailer Armadillo Toys has been supplying the Leeds locals with an offering of traditional toy and games, while embedding itself at the centre of a community of parents and children spanning almost two decades. When the pandemic first struck last year, owner Lisa …

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The BTHA reveals its Retailer of the Year and Superhero Award winners

Community spirit, providing toys and packages to local food banks and providing online resources and toys throughout a year plighted by the pandemic are just some of the values being celebrated among the winners of this year’s Retailer of the Year awards. Taking on a different approach to its awards …

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Games, Puzzles and growing Kidult market fuel toy sector’s 2020 success, says NPD

The lockdown success of the games and puzzles market, a surge in the kidult market, and early Christmas trading all fuelled by the restrictions and implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, has helped the UK toy market hit a five per cent sales increase for its overall value.  According to the …

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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen. The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement …

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Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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Shops across Scotland stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in latest restrictions

Shops across Scotland will be stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in a further tightening of national lockdown measures, Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has detailed today. Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that shops would only be allowed to offer click and collect for essential goods such as …

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