Tag Archives: covid-19

The Entertainer’s Gary Grant | “A family business is a different kind of business”

With a universe of toys at his disposal, and the entirety of the children’s entertainment market at his fingertips; you’d assume grandfatherhood was just another day at the office for Gary Grant, founder of the UK toy shop The Entertainer. As any doting grandparent would attest, the role comes with …

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60 per cent of British suppliers hit by shipping delays this summer, says KlearNow

Around 60 per cent of British suppliers, including those of  garden toys, games, and other outdoor equipment, have experienced import delays in the past month, according to the customs clearance platform, KlearNow that could eat into demand over the coming summer months. Based on findings uncovered from interviews with 300 …

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Independents’ Day UK to culminate with weekend of celebrating Britain’s local and indie retailers

Independent retailers across the UK will be the focus of a full weekend of celebration next month, when the 2021 Independents’ Day UK campaign culminates to elevate the local trader as the country looks towards leaving the pandemic behind it. Independents’ Day UK is an initiative that emphasises driving footfall …

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LEGO and The LEGO Foundation make $1million donation to Save the Children India

The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation are making a $1 million donation to help Save the Children India support families and children most at risk in Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and West Bengal from the most recent outbreak of Covid-19. The money will be used to deliver learning to around …

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Record quarter for Mattel as CEO Ynon Kreiz welcomes “exceptional results reflective of firm’s turnaround”

Mattel has seen first quarter net sales up by 47 per cent year on year in what the toy maker’s chairman and CEO, Ynon Kreiz has called ‘another record quarter for the company’ with “exceptional results” reflective of the firm’s turnaround. This marks Mattel’s third consecutive quarter of growing market …

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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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