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Covid latest: BTHA issues safety update ahead of January’s Toy Fair

With the London Toy Fair just weeks way and the Omicron coronavirus variant becoming a global concern, the British Toy and Hobby Association has issued a press statement regarding the safety precautions it is taking to safeguard visitors to the January event. “In light of the recent update from Government with regards to the …

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Almost HALF the toys sold by third-party sellers on online marketplaces could be lethal to kids, says shocking new report

Nearly half the toys tested in a recent study that were purchased from third-party sellers via online marketplaces could choke, strangle, burn, poison and electrocute children, according to a shocking new report commissioned by the British Toy and Hobby Association. Launching today, the BTHA’s new campaign – calling for urgent …

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Obituary | Former national account controller at MV Sports, Stuart Crawford

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that the popular industry figure, Stuart Crawford passed away on Thursday, August 19th, aged 69, following a prolonged and debilitating illness. Having worked for over 40 years in the toy industry, Stuart retired from his role at MV Sports in 2019 following …

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Natasha Crookes steps down from BTHA role to launch PR and public affairs consultancy

Natasha Crookes, the director of public affairs and communications with the British Toy and Hobby Association, is stepping down from her role this October to set up her own PR and public affairs consultancy. Crookes first joined the BTHA in 2002 as Deputy Toy Fair organiser, taking over the head …

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Container shortages and sky-high prices ‘could persist for several more months’, warns logistics firm

Shipping container shortages and voyage cancellations could persist for ‘several more months’, impacting the soaring freight rates further with peak sales season just around the corner and port congestions in Europe, the US, and China still ongoing. This is the latest warning to be issued by the Taiwanese branch of …

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Andrew Laughton raises £10,000 for charity with 110km walk; Golden Bear smashes through Toy Trust target

Toy industry stalwart, Andrew Laughton, marked the end of his tenure as BTHA Chairman and with MGA by completing a 110km walk from the MGA offices in Milton Keynes to the BTHA HQ in Central London, and raising almost £10,000 for the Toy Trust charity in the process. Laughton followed …

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The Toy Trust details its Around the World in 80 Hours 2021 fundraising event

The Toy Trust has detailed its new fundraising initiative for 2021: Around the World in 80 Hours, an industry-wide attempt to cover 40,075 kilometres, akin to circumnavigating the globe. Kicking off at 9am on Friday, June 11th this year, the event will call on the toy industry to take part, …

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London Toy Fair 2022 booking now open as BTHA marks the show’s return next year

The application process for Toy Fair 2022 is now open. The British Toy and Hobby Association has opened the process for applying for your place at next year’s London Toy Fair, scheduled to take place from January 25th to 27th 2022 at its usual venue, Olympia. Companies wishing to exhibit …

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The Toy Trust Media Auction raises over £72,000 for UK small charities

The Toy Trust Media Auction has raised an impressive £72,200 in its quest to support small UK children’s charities this year, through the donation of airtime media slots from the likes of Sky, Nickelodeon, and Pop. Leading children’s media channels that also included the likes of ITVB, CITV, and Channel …

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