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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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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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