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Sambro underpins European growth with new Amsterdam HQ

Sambro Europe is celebrating more than a decade in the European toy market, having gone from strength to strength since the launch of its Amsterdam hub.  The toy company first opened its European operations in 2011, to ensure that it had a frictionless hub across the region. Since then, it …

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Hornby on the right track with £12m facility from Secure Trust Bank 

Leading UK hobby and toy specialist Hornby Hobbies Ltd is set to build on its recent success, after securing a £12m combined facility from Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance. Made up from a £6m accounts facility and £6m inventory facility, funding is set to support the household brand’s working capital …

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Rocket Licensing to rep Miffy in the UK and Eire

Mercis, which manages the works of Dick Bruna, has appointed Rocket Licensing to represent global icon Miffy in the UK and Eire. Mercis has been keen to secure a new home for Miffy after previous manager DRI Licensing’s decision to wind down the company. Marja Kerkhof, MD of Mercis, says: “Our …

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Rubies bolsters distribution with new northern Europe warehouse

With the acquirement of a new 35,000² metre warehouse near Venlo in the Netherlands, Rubies are taking their EMEA distribution to unprecedented levels. The latest DC and fulfilment centre increases Rubies’ strength in distribution and reach, while ensuring the company is unmatched in stock holding. The new warehouse is the …

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Clementoni appoints Paul Fogarty as Country Manager UK and Ireland

Leading infant, science and puzzle brand Clementoni has announced the appointment of Paul Fogarty to the role of Country Manager UK and Ireland. Paul joins Clementoni with over 25 years’ experience in the toy and licensing industry, leading sales and marketing for multiple global brands including Mattel, Tomy and, more …

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Spin Master expands Toy Invention Program to Europe

Spin Master is bringing its Toy Invention Program to Europe through a partnership with Kingston University. Beginning in September this year, the one-year course will be facilitated by the faculty at Kingston University’s School of Arts, and is the first continuing education program in Europe of its kind. Aimed at inspiring …

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Sinco Toys appoints Intertoy to handle growing international business

Sinco Toys has announced a strategic relationship with Intertoy to represent their brands and IP across EMEA , and other major regions. International sales have been a major growth area for the Sinco Group and Intertoy’s strong international presence and experience will help to continue this expansion. Tom Duffy of …

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Sonic the Hedgehog speeds into Roblox

Leading professional game developer and publisher Gamefam, in collaboration with SEGA of America, Inc., today announced the launch of Sonic Speed Simulator, an all-new game featuring SEGA’s entertainment icon, Sonic the Hedgehog. The game is now available on the Roblox platform and marks the first time that a world-renowned, AAA …

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Rubies strengthens EMEA team

Rubies Masquerade is bolstering its expertise within the toy and dress-up industry with an internal promotion and two new hires. Following the change of role for Georges Ghougassian to Director of Licensing & Brands, Rubies has appointed Caroline Masson to lead the company’s EMEA Brand & Marketing initiative. Caroline has spent …

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Character Options details new range of Yu-Gi-Oh! figures

Character Options has shared details of the latest range of products to join its portfolio. With collectables from the cult manga, anime series and trading card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! will launch in summer 2022 with a raft of marketing to support the brand. Now in its 25th anniversary year of the …

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