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Simon’s Cat pounces into plush with social commerce platform Teespring

The global content creator Endemol Shine Group is launching a new line of plush toys inspired by its hit animated property, Simon’s Cat. The new launch arrives courtesy of a collaboration with the social commerce platform, Teespring. Available for pre-order, the Simon’s Cat Plush is based on the lovable white …

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Retailers call for ‘urgent government action’ to save a high street in strife

Retailers are calling for urgent government action to help high streets in their struggle for footfall and sales as new data reveals that the number of shops, pubs and restaurants closing is rising at the fastest rate in ten years. According to the research, around 16 stores closed their doors …

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Hornby Hobbies’ St Pancras pop-up is ‘just the start of major retail plans’

A pop-up Hornby Hobbies store located at London’s St Pancras station is just the first of many Hornby branded mini shops to be opening up in ‘high profile locations’ across the UK, the toy train and model specialist has confirmed. Speaking with ToyNews, the British heritage hobby brand has outlined …

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MGA Entertainment takes over Hamley’s window display with Poopsie Slime Surprise

MGA Entertainment has taken over Hamley’s London flagship store’s window with a display celebrating two new product launches this season from its collectable slime brand, Poopsie Slime Surprise. The best-selling collectable slime brand will be showcased in a vibrant display from September 5 to October 28 this year. The display …

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Smart Toys and Games keeps it local this summer with Arundel Festival sponsorship

Smart Toys and Games highlighted the benefits of keeping it local this summer, celebrating the success of a 10-day sponsorship of this year’s Arundel Festival, an annual event for the population of the UK historic market town. The festival – which took place between August 16 and 26 – is …

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Toymaster builds on British Garden Centres partnership with another raft of four

The UK toy shop buying group, Toymaster has expanded its partnership with British Garden Centres even further, adding a raft of four new sites to its growing portfolio. Building on a growing fleet of British Garden Centre partnerships, the latest swathe to join the Toymaster brand, include Hemel Hempstead Garden …

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Autumn Fair 2019: “It’s more important than ever for retailers to listen to each other”

For anyone heading to Birmingham’s NEC this September for your annual instalment of Autumn Fair antics, you can rest assured – things won’t be how they’ve ever been before. 2019 marks a year of sweeping changes to the show that has become a permanent and must-attend fixture in the industry …

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Praise for “letting kids decide their toys” as Wow! Stuff places in Walmart’s Top Rated by Kids Toys List

The common methods of toy marketing have been lambasted by the CEO of the licensed toys, gifts and gadgets specialist, Wow! Stuff who’s own belief in ‘letting kids decide the toys they really want,’ has paid off with a major placement for the firm in Walmart’s own Top Rated by …

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