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The BTHA calls for Government intervention to ease UK ports and ‘save the festive season’

The British Toy and Hobby Association and the British Retail Consortium are calling on the Government to intervene at British ports where congestion caused by Covid and a backlog of PPE has left shipments of toys and gifts unlikely to be delivered in time for Christmas. The BTHA is among …

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The BTHA and TRA send open letter to Number 10 as re-opening of toy shops becomes ‘crucial for the industry’s surivival’

The British Toy and Hobby Association and the Toy Retailers Association have made fresh calls on the UK government to take swift action in adding toy shops to the essential retailers list or assure the industry that shops will be allowed to re-open from December 2nd, in a move that …

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With no virtual alternative, Toy Fair 2021 really is cancelled – How does the industry feel?

There will be no virtual platform alternative to the 2021 London Toy Fair, the BTHA has confirmed, as it was announced this morning (Thursday, October 22nd) that next year’s London Olympia event has been called off, with plans to make its return in 2022. The toy and hobby industry body …

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BTHA 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards to celebrate altruism and innovation in the year of Covid-19

Innovation and altruism will be at the heart of the 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards this time around, as the BTHA outlines the theme of Special Recognition in areas above and beyond normal service. The change up to the Awards has been made in light of the events …

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UK Government must act now, says BTHA as issue of online sales of unsafe toys worsens

Despite repeated warnings from the British Toy and Hobby Association, unsafe toys, which could cause serious harm to children, are still being sold via third-party sellers on online marketplaces. With the Christmas shopping season fast approaching and the full response to the Online Harms legislation expected this autumn, the organisation …

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BTHA calls for Government guidance revision over post-Brexit product labeling

British companies are being given an extension on the deadline to comply with new UKCA marking requirements, allowing responsible toy companies to ensure compliance with safety standards on products as set out by the Government. The move follows extensive rallying from the British Toy and Hobby Association, who has been …

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Amazon can be liable for faulty and unsafe products, says new US court ruling

A recent court ruling in the US could be about to make it harder for the online marketplace giant, Amazon, to avoid responsibility for unsafe goods sold on its platform. It deals a major blow to the business that has successfully fought-off lawsuits trying to place liability on the company …

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Toy Fair 2021: BTHA will create ‘strong platform and safe and secure environment’

The British Toy and Hobby Association has outlined its number one aim to ‘create another strong platform’ for the industry to do successful business in a ‘safe and secure environment’ as it issues its latest update on Toy Fair 2021. Underpinning the latest developments for the show, set to take …

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TIE pushes for new laws for online marketplaces as report uncovers toy safety concerns across EU

A new report by Toy Industries of Europe has made the striking discovery that 97 per cent of almost 200 toys bought from third-party sellers on four online marketplaces in Europe did not comply with the strict EU toy safety regulations. The report – EU Toy Safety: The problem of …

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Bossing It: “My work to tackle unsafe toys is the most rewarding” – BTHA’s Natasha Crookes

Each month, ToyNews finds an industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of prying questions. This month, it’s BTHA’s director of public affairs and communications, Natasha Crookes Firstly, well done on the recent half marathon and money raising (over £2,000) for the ToyTrust. What compelled you to …

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