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Nottingham shop owner left triumphant after switching to toy retail

A Nottingham shop owner has been left feeling triumphant following the decision to switch to toy retail and re-establish itself as the high street destination for the latest in on-trend gifts and gadgets for children. Co-owner of the rebranded Trendz R Us store, Kevin Mcfarlane has been left feeling surprised …

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EPOCH supports indies with Summer Staycation Sylvanian Families window competition

EPOCH has launched a new Sylvanian Families summer staycation window competition for its independent retailers throughout July, in a show of support through what the firm expects to be ‘a busy shopping period,’ fuelled by people choosing to stay at home this year. As part of the initiative, EPOCH will …

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Maybe* Tech searches for Champions to build High Street Guide ahead of Independent’s Day UK

A new search has been launched by the team behind Local Rewards to find 3,600 people from around the UK interested in becoming the champions of their local high streets. Local Rewards is a free to access service that aims to help retailers in towns around the country recover from …

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Thames & Kosmos adds a little Magic to Independent’s Day UK next month

Thames & Kosmos is looking to add a little bit of magic to this year’s Independent’s Day UK, showing its support of the country’s independent toy retailers with a special deal on its popular magic trick ranges. On Saturday, 3rd and Sunday 4th July independent retailers across the UK are …

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Geek Retreat on track to open first 60 of its planned 100 UK stores

Geek Retreat, the geek culture retailer, gaming café and events venue rolled into one, is on track to open 60 of its planned 100 new stores on UK high streets by the end of 2021, creating 360 jobs around the country. The franchise is on track to meet its previously …

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Retail Spotlight | Imagine Toy Shop: “Sometimes instead of waiting for customers, you have to go out and get them”

With a bright green car used to make free deliveries as far as an hour away or to travel to local fairs where she sets up shop, Maggie Tibbenham has become a fixture of the local community, while her toy shop has become a central part of the Holmfirth village …

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Retail Spotlight | Cachao Toys talks reopening, local support and why toy shops are about making memories

A family-started business that opened its doors in 1996 as a chocolate shop, Cachao’s winding journey into toys has cemented its place among London locals. We catch up with Cachao’s owner, Jennie Hogg, to find out how business has been for this retailer of the weird and wonderful, since doors …

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FCA called to regulate Buy Now Pay Later platforms after transactions triple in 2020

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has been called in to regulate the agreements used by buy-now-pay-later companies like Klarna and Clearpay, after a government review found potential for consumer harm. Earlier this month, the Treasury declared that fintech lenders using these channels would be required to carry out affordability checks …

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Homegrown | No monkeying around: The right royal welcome of Laurence King

The next in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, ToyNews catches up with the British born publishing house Laurence King to talk about its successful move into children’s toys, games, and activity kits, and how …

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