Tag Archives: covid-19

Toy Industries of Europe opens call for Play for Change Awards 2021 with Covid-19 Special Commendation addition

A Covid-19 Special Commendation category has been added to the roster of this year’s Toy Industries of Europe Play for Change Awards, as the awards programme designed to celebrate company practices and the empowerment of children makes its return for a second year. TIE has officially opened to call for …

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Spielwarenmesse Summer Edition cancelled over prolonged pandemic problems

Organisers of the Nuremberg toy fair, Spielwarenmesse have confirmed the cancellation of the show’s first Summer Edition, a postponed edition of this year’s show that was scheduled to take place this July. The fair had been moved from its traditional January slot in order to beat the restrictions in place …

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VTech teams with Save the Children for worldwide campaigns and donation scheme

The electronic learning products and pre-school specialist, VTech has partnered with Save the Children to organise a slate of events across multiple countries in order to support vulnerable children in need and those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Using its worldwide resources, VTech has organised a worldwide toy donation …

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Mary Portas appeals to government to launch Shop Out to Help Out scheme for independent retailers

The High Street hero, Mary Portas has issued a plea to the government to support family-run stores with a Shop Out to Help Out scheme upon the lifting of restrictions on non essential retailers this April 12th. Portas has joined major high street names in fashion and beauty, Henry Holland …

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Giddy Goat Toys champions Down Your High Street as the ‘decision that saved the business’ from the pandemic

The Manchester-based toy retailer, Giddy Goat Toys has billed its decision to join the Down Your High Street platform as the ‘one that saved her business from permanent closure’ over the course of the pandemic. Shop owner, Amanda Alexander has championed the platform for fuelling toy sales throughout the country’s …

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The Toy Project calls on UK toy firms to sponsor its community play therapy space The Play Room

The London toy and play charity The Toy Project is appealing to the UK’s toy companies to help back its latest campaign to open a new community space for play therapy, LEGO-based therapy, workshops, storytelling, and games nights. Called The Play Room, the site will become the permanent home for …

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Wentworth Puzzles raises £12,000 for local coronavirus charity through exclusive jigsaw puzzle

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, a Wiltshire-based puzzles specialist, has raised over £12,000 for its local charity, the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, four times its initial target when it launched its exclusive jigsaw puzzle last year. Designed a means of saying thank you to NHS Staff and all the other …

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It’s Great Outdoors | Plum Play talks nature, wellness, and the nation’s rediscovery of play

While the likelihood of a summer of Great British staycations is fueling current demand in the outdoor play space, it is the emerging trends in children’s wellness combined and the rediscovery of play within the home and nature, that will help it to a thriving future. For the outdoor play …

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Toymaster May Show 2021 cancelled as Government restrictions hamper this year’s plans

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Board games and direct to consumer platform helps Funko to strong Q4 2020 finish

A bolstered direct to consumer platform, the launch of new games and toys, and an expanded presence across its key retail partners have helped Funko to strong fourth quarters results for 2020. The pop culture specialist has reported a six per cent sales growth to $226.5 million, reflecting what CEO …

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