Retail

Strong global preschool sales and outdoor toys drive Q1 success for Spin Master

Spin Master has lauded a ‘strong financial and operating performance’ in its Q1 2021 results, with product sales increases across key markets, including Europe, North America, and Rest of the World. Sales grew by 21.2 per cent in Europe and 18 per cent in North America, while the Rest of …

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Epoch making toys launches first Aquabeads loyalty scheme in support of indie retailers

Epoch making toys has launched its first loyalty scheme for its arts and crafts brand, Aquabeads, with a ‘Bonus Beads’ loyalty campaign that will earn customers a free ‘Fantastic Starter Set’ worth £9.99. The initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of shopping locally, supporting independent retailers, while also recognising the …

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The Entertainer raises £650,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, The Grand Appeal

The family-owned toy retailer, The Entertainer has raised an impressive £650,000 for the dedicated charity of the Bristol Children’s Hospital, The Grand Appeal, just two weeks after reopening the doors of its high street stores. The Entertainer has been raising money for the sick children at Bristol Children’s Hospital by …

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Geek Retreat marks Star Wars Day and own anniversary with National Autistic Society donation

The geek culture retailer, Geek Retreat, is marking its eighth anniversary this week by donating eight per cent of the turnover it generates today – Tuesday, May the 4th – to the National Autistic Society. The anniversary initiative also happens to coincide with Star Wars – an important day in …

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Toymaster thrilled with Mattel’s support of indie retail through major new digital campaign

Toymaster has expressed its delight over a new partnership with Mattel who has joined forces the buying group to drive footfall into local Toymaster stores through a dynamic digital campaign launching on May 4th. The toy maker has launched a new initiative to help support the independent toy retail sector …

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The Entertainer celebrates child superheroes of the pandemic with £5,000 giveaway

The Entertainer has kicked off a new campaign to celebrate the as yet unsung heroes of the pandemic – children. The campaign launches in recognition of the character that UK kids have shown, from helping their siblings with school work, to running errands for the elderly neighbours. The initiative took …

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‘Green shoots’ of retail’s recovery in re-opening week, but indie shops ‘not out of the woods yet’

Despite the ‘green shoots’ of retail’s recovery this past week as stores witnessed increased buzz around lockdown easing and the country’s re-opening, small shop owners are ‘not out of the woods yet,’ as footfall is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. According to Sensormatic’s footfall index, UK high street footfall …

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OnBuy continues expansion with new chief marketing officer

The online marketplace, OnBuy is continuing with its expansion plans with the appointment of a new chief marketing officer in the form of Aron Cody-Boutcher. In the role, he will be responsible for accelerating OnBuy’s growth. Cody-Boutcher arrives at the business with more than 20 years’ experience in translating customer …

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Playmobil supports the indie retail scene with new customer loyalty scheme

Playmobil has committed further to its support of independent retailers across the country with the launch of a new loyalty scheme in which customers can collect stickers with every brand purchase to exchange for a gift from the popular toy maker. The initiative is part of Playmobil’s ongoing commitment to …

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Up the local | Toy shops rejoice at re-opening ‘buzz’ as shoppers go loco for local

Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown. Queues for barber shops extended around …

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