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Licensing special – Selling Magic: How Oliver’s Brighton is evolving the high street indie scene

Oliver Dall, owner of Oliver’s Brighton, a Harry Potter-themed toy and gift shop situated along one of Brighton’s most popular shopping streets, finds itself in the unique position that it no longer needs a front door. In fact, such is the nature of the business that takes place within the …

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Trend Bible’s CEO signals strength of local shopping as the pandemic shifts consumer habits

Two decades on from the rise and dominance of the large-scale retail, supermarkets and the promise of ‘everything under one roof,’ the independent retail scene could be about to have its moment in the sun again. These are the sentiments of Trend Bible’s CEO, Joanna Feeley who, having observed a …

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B&M to open up to 45 new stores in the UK following ‘strong growth’ in sales

B&M has detailed its plans to open between 40 and 45 new stores across the UK following a recorded ‘strong growth’ in sales that has encouraged the retailer to raise its half-year profit guidance as a result. The chain now expects to post an adjusted EBITDA of £285 million for …

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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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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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Woodbridge independent Toytown to shut up shop after more than 30 years

The Woodbridge independent toy shop, Toytown is preparing to close its doors for the last time this month, ending a High Street legacy that has spanned three decades. Run by sibling owners, Simon Adams and his sister Kym Blowers, Toytown has stood proud along Woodbridge’s Church Street for some 34 …

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Hawkin’s Bazaar enters administration following challenging Christmas

Hawkin’s Bazaar is the latest retailer to collapse into administration, it was reported at the end of last week, having struggled through what was a challenging Christmas for many. The retail chain has now suspended its website and is currently running clearance sales across a number of its 20 UK …

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Mothercare strikes five-year deal to sell products in Boots

Mothercare has struck a new deal to sell its products through the High Street retailer, Boots, in a bid to maintain its presence on the UK retail scene following its collapse into administration last month. Mothercare’s UK oprations – its stores and website – are set to close in early …

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Retailers call for ‘urgent government action’ to save a high street in strife

Retailers are calling for urgent government action to help high streets in their struggle for footfall and sales as new data reveals that the number of shops, pubs and restaurants closing is rising at the fastest rate in ten years. According to the research, around 16 stores closed their doors …

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“The outpouring of local emotion has been astonishing”: Rachel Lowe on the last days of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us

Growing up, much of the renowned board game and puzzle designer Rachel Lowe’s childhood was set to the backdrop of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us joke and toy shop. Some years later, Lowe found herself to be one of the 96 year old shop’s best-loved suppliers. This month, U-Need-Us closed its doors for …

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