TOYMASTER 2011: Industry backs show

Suppliers hail independent retail as integral to business; Sector is growing customer base for most firms.
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Toymaster’s May show in Harrogate has been given the thumbs up by the toy industry.

The exhibition, which begins tomorrow and runs until May 19th at the Majestic Hotel in the town, has been affirmed as a key date in the toy calendar by many of this year’s exhibitors.

Vivid chairman, Nick Austin told ToyNews: “It is a great place for doing business with members of Toymaster. We always come away with a good level of new orders for the forthcoming Christmas season.”

Peter Burcham, national sales manager, Hasbro, agreed: “We consider it the biggest and most prepared independent trade show in the UK. The independent sector is incredibly important to us.”

The trade also applauded the independent retail trade, saying it was a core part of their business.

Clive Wooster, European MD, Learning Curve explained: “The independent sector represents a significant portion of our sales in UK.”

Most suppliers also expect the sector to continue to grow, despite a current difficult trading environment for many.

Dominic Geddes, Mattel’s sales director, commented: “The independent retail sector is a key area of focus for us. It has shown great resilience over the last few years. We have seen significant growth within this sector and this is a trend we expect to continue.

“We are continually looking to improve our processes to benefit the indie retail sector.”

Jacqueline Taylor-Foo, sales director, Spin Master, said the sector was one that “we doubled last year and are expecting anything from 30-50 per cent growth again this year.”

Our full Toymaster coverage includes an interview with operations director, Ian Edmunds and commentary from the trade, as well as a comprehensive preview of the show. Click here for the lowdown.

For a full company-by-company guide to the show, click here and go to page 27 of the May issue of ToyNews.

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