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The search for 2019’s Best Small Shop gets underway

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, is now underway. The competition begins with a focus on consumer engagement and how independent retailers promote all that is special about their businesses to the local community and consumers at large. Celebrating …

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Core Strength: How Orchard Toys maintains its grasp on the traditional

While Orchard Toys may currently be watching the dust settle around the successful launch of its first app-enabled pre-school game, Sound Detectives, this UK educational game specialist insists “it’s never felt any pressure to align itself with that digital space” the game sits within. It’s despite the surge in growth of …

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Devon’s Thomas Moore Toymaster becomes biggest LEGO outlet in the South West

A Devonshire toy shop has become the proud owner of the mantle ‘the biggest LEGO outlet in the South West,’ having just undergone a refurbishment to make its toy brick department even bigger. Thomas Moore Toymaster in Exeter was already famous in the region for its impressive LEGO department. The …

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Rob Trup launches toy shop marketing campaign The Real Store Club

I still remember my first visit, as an excitable four year old, to the now long gone Kendrick’s Toys in Temple Fortune, North London; where, shelf upon shelf, toys towered with the packaged promise of fun. It was a moment that imprinted a memory that would stay with me for …

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PAW Patrol hits the road for UK intu shopping centres tour this summer

The cast of Nickelodeon’s hit pre-school TV series, PAW Patrol will be hitting the road this summer and autumn with a UK tour designed to thrill fans and support retailers across the country. Spin Master – producers of the show that continues to be one of Nick Jr’s top-rated pre-school …

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Jamie Raven launches own magic theatre in Bluewater as ‘demand for magic sets soars’

Paul Lamond and University Games has echoed sentiments made last month about the rising demand for magic sets among kids and families, fuelled by the success and growing popularity of the magician Jamie Raven. The illusionist wowed audiences and judges with his skills during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got …

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Big Potato celebrates successful gaming event partnership with Forbidden Planet

The Shoreditch-based party game company, Big Potato is celebrating the success of a recent link up with the pop culture specialist Forbidden Planet to host its own tabletop gaming event. Described as a ‘match made in heaven,’ the event saw Big Potato’s team of game demoers set up within five …

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BTHA calls for Government action as it finds 58 per cent of toys sold via online marketplaces are unsafe or illegal

A report conducted by the British Toy and Hobby Association into the sale of toys via online marketplaces found that 58 per cent of those selected for assessment did not comply with the UK toy safety regulations. The findings have prompted the industry body to call for widespread change and …

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One Harry Potter toy is sold every five minutes in the UK as franchise hits £44m in value sales

The Harry Potter franchise is conjuring up some impressive sales figures, as the NPD reveals that one Harry Potter toy is sold every five minutes here in the UK. The figure puts the Wizarding franchise second only to Disney’s Star Wars in terms of value sales. The NPD points out …

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Aurora World celebrates week-long YooHoo meet and greet on island of Herm

Aurora World, the company behind the globally successful YooHoo brand, is chalked its week-long May half-term holiday YooHoo meet and greet event up as a hit. The special event was held at a popular Channel Island tourist destination during the last school holiday. Scheduled from May 27 to 31, the …

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