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Indie hobby stores celebrate ‘rare win’ in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 launch turnaround

Independent retailers and hobby stores are celebrating a ‘rare win’ over Games Workshop who spent an embattled week at the outrage of a community who believed themselves “to be overlooked” by the British miniatures brand and its latest big box Warhammer launch, in favour of the online discounters and its …

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Play-Room AIS’ Miles Penhallow to retire this September

Miles Penhallow, the head of toys and children’s gift at Play-Room AIS, is taking early retirement at the end of September this year following a successful 12 year tenure with the UK buying group. In a statement issued to ToyNews, Penhallow said he will be taking his leave of the …

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Wearing face masks in UK shops will be compulsory from July 24th but not for all shop staff

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July, with those who fail to comply set to face a fine of up to £100. The move will bring England in line with Scotland and countries across Europe, including Spain, Italy, and Germany. …

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Indie Insight: The Toy Centre talks the current spike in traditional and outdoor toys

The Toy Centre is a family-run online retailer that believes in the power of traditional toys. When lockdown first hit the UK, it was a belief system that paid dividends; a combination of the hot spell that baked the country and the closure of schools across the UK, drove sales …

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Boots to cut 4,000 jobs and John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores amid Covid-19 fallout

The UK retailer, Boots is to cut 4,000 jobs, its parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has announced, having been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. The company said it will cut around seven per cent of its UK workforce. According to Walgreens, sales at Boots have plunged …

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John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores with 1,300 job losses

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 stores, the retailer has detailed this morning, in a move that will include major outlets in Birmingham and Watford. It’s been reported that the closure will result in the loss of around 1,300 jobs. All four of the group’s smaller …

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The Entertainer is building an Early Learning Centre licensing portfolio with Riverside Brands

The UK’s family owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer has partnered with Riverside Brands to lead its brand extension strategy for Early Learning Centre. Under the new partnership, both the Happyland and core ELC brand will look to build out wider brand extensions into categories such as apparel, nightwear, …

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Footfall ‘surges by more than a third’ in towns and cities across England

Footfall in towns and cities across England has surged by more than a third compared to the previous week, a result of what has been dubbed as ‘Super Saturday’ and the opening of pubs, restaurants, and bars, according to the latest data from Springboard. Retailers have recorded an increase in …

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Britain’s Best Small Shops 2020 adds new category for retailers innovating amid COVID-19

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation, a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK, has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunches post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the …

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