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Epoch launches new Sylvanian Families campaigns to support indie retailers on the high street this Q4

Epoch Making Toys is updating the loyalty scheme for its flagship brand Sylvanian Families in a move to ramp up its support of its independent retailer network in the run up to the October half term and Christmas shopping period. As part of its efforts, Epoch is launching two in-store …

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Gibsons welcomes a brace of new appointments as the firm sees accelerated growth through 2020

The British independent games and puzzles company, Gibsons, has welcomed a brace of new members to the team, following a period of steady growth that has been accelerated by a nation turning to games and puzzles during lockdown. Gibsons has appointed three new full-time members and two maternity covers. Savannah …

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LEGO sees first half sales and profits increases as Technic, Star Wars, Classic, and Harry Potter lead the charge

LEGO has recorded increases in both sales and profits for the first half of 2020, facing down the challenges put in place by the Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown measurements across the globe. The Danish toy maker saw revenues for the first half of the year rise by seven per …

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New York Toy Fair 2021 postponed: “Protecting our members’ health and safety must come first”

Toy Fair New York 2021 has been postponed, The Toy Association confirmed late last week, citing the current coronavirus pandemic and the state of business travel, as well as the current restrictive guidelines in place in the US and the world. In a statement issued by the Toy Association on …

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US game designer finds humour in the global pandemic through Kickstarter project Surviving Quarantine

A US game designer has taken to Kickstarter to launch a new family tabletop game designed to help players around the world make light of and find the humour in the global pandemic. The game has been billed as a ‘play on the madness of the pandemic’ challenging players to …

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M&S to cut 7,000 jobs as coronavirus pandemic facilitates ‘material shift in trade’

Marks & Spencer has announced its plans to cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management, stating that the coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that there has been a “material shift in trade.” The grocery and department store chain has been hit hard by …

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Debenhams puts liquidation firm on standby despite insisting it is “trading strongly”

Debenhams has put a liquidation firm on standby to draw up contingency plans for the department store chain should it not find a solution to its current financial crisis. The company, which is now in administration, has hired Hilco Capital to undertake the task should an answer not be found. …

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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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Thames & Kosmos expands its Kids First range with Robot Factory as STEM kits maintain momentum with UK parents

Thames & Kosmos is continuing to expand its popular Kids First range with its latest addition, Robot Factory; a kit suitable for children aged five to seven that taps into the still strong demand for “good quality and re-playable STEM toys for early years primary school children.” The toy company …

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Craft Buddy sees early success for new festive arts and crafts ranges

The Crystal Art manufacturer, Craft Buddy has already seen over 2,000 placed on launch day alone for its newest seasonal product range. Only a matter of weeks after its introduction, the arts and crafts specialist has reportedly found early success with retailers from across the toy, arts and crafts, and …

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