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Exhibitor registration for INDX Toys & Nursery 2022 to open on 1 November

The Independent Toy and Gift Show will return in 2022 under the INDX Home umbrella, as INDX Toys & Nursery. Curated by buying group Associated Independent Stores (AIS) and taking place on 6-7 April at Cranmore Park Exhibition Venue in Solihull, INDX Toys & Nursery will expand into the new …

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Toy & Gift Show to rebrand in 2022 to INDX Toys & Nursery

Following a successful show at Cranmore Park in Solihull this September, The Independent Toy & Gift Show has announced that it is joining the umbrella group of INDX trade shows. When it returns in 2022, it will do so under the INDX Home Banner, rebranded as the INDX Toys & …

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Craft Buddy joins Toymaster and AIS buying groups in commitment to UK toy retail scene

Craft Buddy has detailed its intentions to establish ‘a commanding presence’ in the UK’s arts and crafts market, having joined the Toymaster and AIS buying groups as listed suppliers in a show of commitment to the country’s toy retail scene. Craft Buddy is keen to maintain and strengthen its relationships …

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Registration opens for the return of The Independent Toy & Gift Show this September

Registration is now open for this year’s Independent Toy & Gift show, the annual trade event that will be making its in-person return to Cranmore Park this September, following its 2020 hiatus at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions. Taking place from September 14th to 15th at …

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Independent Toy & Gift Show rescheduled for September following Government’s Covid update

The Independent Toy & Gift Show has been rescheduled to the new dates of September 14th and 15th this year. The move follows the recent government announcement around gradual relaxation of the lockdown restrictions in accordance to PM Boris Johnson widely reported ‘roadmap’. The annual show will make its return …

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AIS Play-Room names Rosie Marshall its new head of toys and children’s gifts

The former Toys R Us and Boswells Department Store buyer, and toy industry buying expert, Rosie Marshall has taken on the role of head of Play-Room, the toy and children’s gift division of AIS. Marshall’s appointment follows the announcement earlier this year that long-standing director, Miles Penhallow is to take …

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Play-Room Toy Buying event cancelled as UK Government pause lockdown relaxation

AIS Play-Room has cancelled its upcoming toy buying event owing to the temporary pause on lockdown easing measures as stipulated by the UK government over the past week. The event was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of September. The group has initially received confirmation that …

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Play-Room AIS’ Miles Penhallow to retire this September

Miles Penhallow, the head of toys and children’s gift at Play-Room AIS, is taking early retirement at the end of September this year following a successful 12 year tenure with the UK buying group. In a statement issued to ToyNews, Penhallow said he will be taking his leave of the …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show explores September dates for its 2020 return

Following its announcement last week that this year’s The Independent Toy and Gift Show which was to be cancelled, organisers are now exploring the opportunity to host the show later this year, in September. Originally scheduled for its usual April slot on Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday 22nd next month, the …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show champions sustainability with Wooden Toys theme for 2020

Indie retailers with a love of toys are being encouraged to “join the independent revolution” by joining the industry for the sustainability-focused Independent Toy and Gift Show taking place in April 2020. Renowned for being a ‘trade show with a difference,” the Independent Toy and Gift Show will once again …

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