Retail

Retail trade union Usdaw slams government Covid relaxation plans as “too much too soon”

The retail trade union Usdaw has blasted the Prime Minister and UK government’s plans on lifting safety measures in stores as “too much too soon” following Boris Johnson’s latest address to the nation to move ahead with the release of Covid restrictions from July 19th. This week Johnson told the …

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Nottingham shop owner left triumphant after switching to toy retail

A Nottingham shop owner has been left feeling triumphant following the decision to switch to toy retail and re-establish itself as the high street destination for the latest in on-trend gifts and gadgets for children. Co-owner of the rebranded Trendz R Us store, Kevin Mcfarlane has been left feeling surprised …

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100 UK retailers call on PM for tougher laws tackling ‘escalating violence’ against workers

Leading retailers from across the UK have written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling for support of an amendment to official bills that would tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers. 100 UK retailers have added their names to the list asking for an amendment to the Polic, …

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Big Potato launches The Great Board Game Trade In to support indie retailers through July

The independent board games company, Big Potato, has launched a new initiative to help its UK customers recycle their old board games called The Great Board Game Trade In. The campaign, kicking off on Monday, July 5th, will reward customers who bring in any old board games they have gathering …

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EPOCH supports indies with Summer Staycation Sylvanian Families window competition

EPOCH has launched a new Sylvanian Families summer staycation window competition for its independent retailers throughout July, in a show of support through what the firm expects to be ‘a busy shopping period,’ fuelled by people choosing to stay at home this year. As part of the initiative, EPOCH will …

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UK government considering plans to increase business rates revaluations

The UK government has launched a consultation to consider plans to increase the frequency of business rates revaluations that could see them take place every three years rather than the current five year period. The consultation has been launched by the HM Treasury as part of the government’s wider review …

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UK retail profits could shrink by £8bn in next four years, says research

UK retailers could see profits fall by £8bn in the next four years, according to a new report from Alvarez & Marshal in partnership with Retail Economics, a direct result of the ‘seismic shift’ to ecommerce fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the report issued by the global services firm, …

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Rocket Licensing | “There’s real opportunity to make retail an experience and destination again”

Article from ToyNews sister title, Licensing.biz For those of the industry who tuned into the special licensing panel discussion at this year’s London Book Fair, albeit in its digital format, you’d have caught Rocket Licensing’s join managing director, Rob Wijeratna waxing lyrical on the virtues of Eric Carle’s The Very …

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Disney confirms it’s in ‘consultation with group of UK Stores’ over closures

Disney has confirmed that it is holding consultations with an initial group of stores in the UK about their closure in its first official acknowledgement of speculation that all but its flagship London store was to shut up shop in the UK. Rumours have been circulating that Disney has been …

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