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Indie Insight: The Toy Centre talks the current spike in traditional and outdoor toys

The Toy Centre is a family-run online retailer that believes in the power of traditional toys. When lockdown first hit the UK, it was a belief system that paid dividends; a combination of the hot spell that baked the country and the closure of schools across the UK, drove sales …

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John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores with 1,300 job losses

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 stores, the retailer has detailed this morning, in a move that will include major outlets in Birmingham and Watford. It’s been reported that the closure will result in the loss of around 1,300 jobs. All four of the group’s smaller …

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Posh Paws launches Thank You Bears in support of NHS Charities Together

Posh Paws is both celebrating and showing its support of the work and commitment of the NHS throughout the coronavirus pandemic by partnering with the NHS Charities Together to launch a new range of colourful teddy bears. Called the Thank You Bears, the new collection will be landing this September …

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Kind + Jugend cancels 2020 show but promises ‘renewed energy for 2021’

Koelnmesse’s popular baby and toddler trade fair, Kind + Jugend has cancelled its 2020 event amid the latest developments over the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s social distancing measures still being taken to combat the its spread. The organisers made the decision to suspend the 2020 offering, but has promised …

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Footfall ‘surges by more than a third’ in towns and cities across England

Footfall in towns and cities across England has surged by more than a third compared to the previous week, a result of what has been dubbed as ‘Super Saturday’ and the opening of pubs, restaurants, and bars, according to the latest data from Springboard. Retailers have recorded an increase in …

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ToyAid raises over £140,000 for Global’s Make Some Noise covid-19 charity campaign

Toy Aid, the charitable initiative set up by KidsKnowBest’s Joel Silverman and Wow! Stuff’s Richard North, has revealed the total money raised as part of Global’s Make Some Noise charity campaign to be an impressive £143,075. The Toy Aid movement’s aim was to raise money for charities that support disadvantaged …

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Britain’s Best Small Shops 2020 adds new category for retailers innovating amid COVID-19

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation, a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK, has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunches post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the …

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Harrods and John Lewis will cut hundreds of jobs as coronavirus crisis impacts UK retail

Both Harrods and John Lewis have detailed their intentions to cut hundreds of UK jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to reports, Harrods is planning to cut as much as 14 per cent of its 4,800 strong workforce, while John Lewis Partnership has stated that some of its …

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View from the indie toy shops: “We’re not out of the woods yet, but adaptability and local support is getting us through”

In early March this year, Peter Allinson, owner of Whirligig Toys had around 100 of the ‘make and do’ products he stocks in his four brick and mortar stores in the South of England listed on his online platform. As the coronavirus outbreak neared its peak here in the UK, …

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Interview: Joel Silverman talks the success of ToyAid and the industry-wide fight against COVID-19

“When the world went into lockdown,” Joel Silverman, CEO of KidsKnowBest and co-founder of the successful ToyAid campaign, begins, “I started to worry about the industry we are in. I thought, what can we do to make a difference? Is there a way to shine a light on this great …

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