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Craft Buddy secures supplier agreement with London and Whipsnade Zoos

The craft and hobby designer, Craft Buddy will be supplying the international conservation charity ZSL (the Zoological Society of London) two Zoos – London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo – with products from its Crystal Art brand. The new supplier agreement also includes a programme of in-store demo days, so that …

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Boots warns of possible store closures in the UK

The US owner of pharmacy chain Boots has warned of possible store closures in the UK as it tries to cut costs. Walgreens Boots Alliance said it would take “decisive steps” to reduce costs as part of a company-wide “significant restructuring”. The move comes after the chain said it had suffered its …

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Whirligig gets in on online toy reviewing trend with its own toy testers

Independent toy shop, Whirligig is looking to tap into the online toy reviewer trend as it begins the hunt for toy testers to try out new products before it sells them. The successful applicant will be tasked with trying out games, puzzles and activities that the shop is considering adding …

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“The outpouring of local emotion has been astonishing”: Rachel Lowe on the last days of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us

Growing up, much of the renowned board game and puzzle designer Rachel Lowe’s childhood was set to the backdrop of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us joke and toy shop. Some years later, Lowe found herself to be one of the 96 year old shop’s best-loved suppliers. This month, U-Need-Us closed its doors for …

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Debenhams shareholders ‘backing Mike Ashley as CEO’

Sports Direct has been contacted by shareholders in Debenhams, expressing their support for the appointment of Mike Ashley as its CEO, the company has said. The sports goods chain has also stated that the same shareholders have been in contact regarding the protection of their interests in the department store …

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The Entertainer partners National Autistic Society for World Autism Awareness Week

The family-owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer is partnering with the UK charity, the National Autistic Society to support World Autism Awareness Week which takes place this week (April 1st to 7th). Over the course of the week, The Entertainer’s Quiet Hour will run each morning for the first …

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Masters Traditional Games and Semmalina named Green Board Games Indie Retailer of the Month

The independent toy shops, Masters Traditional Games in St Albans and Semmalina Star Bags of London have been named The Green Board Game Company’s Independent Retailer of the Month for January and February, respectively. First up, Green Board Games has recognised the mastery in Masters Games, for delivering a ‘robust …

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“Very is our powerhouse” says CEO over ShopDirect rebrand

ShopDirect is rebranding to The Very Group this year, it has been declared by the group chief executive Henry Birch at this year’s Retail Week Live. Birch was talking at the opening day of the show which is currently taking place at the O2 Intercontinental in London, where he confirmed …

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The Entertainer partners Animaccord for Masha and the Bear spring retail campaign

High street toy retailer, The Entertainer has detailed its spring retail campaign for 2019, partnering with Animaccord for an exclusive Masha and the Bear initiative. The partnership kicked off this week, and will run until late April. Throughout the campaign, The Entertainer will bring branded Masha and the Bear display …

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