Tag Archives: Coronavirus

All non-essential shops to reopen in England when lockdown lifts on December 2nd, PM confirms

All non essential shops will be able to reopen once the country-wide lockdown has been lifted in early December, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed in part of a post-lockdown plan announcement made this afternoon. The news comes as welcome relief to a retail scene that had previously been …

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Rise in shoppers planning to stay local this year, as “support for indies has never been so important”

With the Prime Minister’s confirmation that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen across England when the nation-wide lockdown lifts on December 2nd playing like music to many a retailer’s ears amid the essential Christmas shopping period, independent toy shops are rallying the message that ‘shopping local has never …

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Giraffe Insights: ‘Covid-19 fuels trends to digital kids content, but TV is still king for advert inspiration’

Covid-19 has been a significant factor in accelerating existing trends towards digitalisation in the children’ market, with over half of all kids across nine European countries now regularly accessing video content online and via on-demand services. These are the findings of a new study from the UK-based specialist kids, youth, …

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Surge in demand for STEM toys and science kits ‘will continue well into 2021’ says Thames & Kosmos

Parents looking to help their children catch up on terms of missed education this year will continue to fuel the demand for STEM and educational toys well into 2021, is the message that sector specialist, Thames & Kosmos is promoting as the firm releases details of a restocked portfolio of …

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Marvin’s Magic revamps HQ showroom to deliver ‘virtual magic meetings’ with customers

Marvin’s Magic has invested in the launch of a new studio in the business’ Hertfordshire head quarters in order to host virtual ‘magic meetings’ with customers and buyers who will be missing out on the traditional toy fair season at the start of next year owing to show postponements and …

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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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Lockdown II: Indie retailers call for ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ equivalent for toy shops

Independent toy retailers have called on the UK government to initiate plans to help high street traders recover from the loss of income brought by the current second country-wide lockdown with a concept similar to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative that was launched earlier this year. The call …

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Toymaker Sawdust and Rainbows urges UK businesses to pay the Living Wage at crucial time for workers

Sawdust and Rainbows, the manufacturer of indoor wooden climbing frames, is urging its own stockists and more UK business to pay the real Living Wage, highlighting the importance of employers acting now to ‘do the right thing’ during this year’s Living Wage Week (November 9th to 15th). Founder and managing …

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Edx Education readies for ‘bumper Christmas’ amid Covid-19 educational toy boom

Edx Education is anticipating a ‘bumper Christmas this year’. following what it has billed as unprecedented worldwide growth in the educational toy market throughout 2020. The firm, recognised as one of Amazon’s best-selling educational toy brands, suggests that the combination of Covid-19 school closures and lockdown measures taken across the …

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Simba Smoby: “Without social contact, pre-school toys have supported mental wellbeing this year”

Simba’s Smoby toy brand is a pre-school name that boasts a heritage of almost 100 years. When the pandemic first struck the UK, sending families indoors with limited access to the outside world, that century’s worth of trust and recognition among families looking for trusted toy brands to turn to, …

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