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Mastermind: Toymaster 2017

Boasting over 150 members Toymaster strives to ensure every member works together to get the best out of their business. Robert Hutchins catches up with MD Ian Edmunds on building relationships with the licensing industry, the buying group’s anticipated May Show and why social media is a key focus for the brand.

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Going stratospheric: Thames & Kosmos details its latest board game successes

Now that the Escape the Room trend is bigger than ever in the UK, it makes sense that Thames & Kosmos is tapping into this theme with its own line of Exit Games. Jade Burke catches up with the firm’s sales director, Jo Drage, to chat about the company’s new partnership with Acer and it’s plans to adapt a book into a board game.

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Muro creator on why crowdfunding ’empowers inventors to get ideas off the ground’

The brainchild of Jeremy Bond and his brother, Muro was designed as a busy board for his son, which will soon be making its debut on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. Here, Bond reveals how Muro will help develop motor skills and why indie stores will be the ideal retailer.

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Click and connect: Engino’s Costas Sisamos on the growth of STEM toys and the firm’s international expansion plans

Boasting an extensive line of STEM and construction toys, it’s no wonder Engino is recognised as a serious player in the toy space. Jade Burke catches up with owner and MD Costas Sisamos about the firm’s increasing presence worldwide, its expectations for upcoming pre-school range Qboidz and why STEM products are on the up.

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Gamemaster: Esdevium’s Steve Buckmaster on the company’s phenomenal year

2016 has proved to be a terrific year for Esdevium Games, with Pokémon sales soaring thanks to the Pokémon Go phenomenon. Steve Buckmaster, MD of Esdevium Games speaks to Jade Burke about the growth in tabletop gaming, the effect of the Brexit vote and what the firm has in store at next month’s London Toy Fair.

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Need for speed: Rubik’s Cube speedcuber Laurence Livsey on how he cracked the cube

Following the 11th annual Rubik’s UK Championships last weekend, what’s it like to be a speedcuber in amongst all the action? Jade Burke catches up with John Adams’ Laurence Livsey, who is a speedcuber with a current solve time of 6.97 seconds under his belt, to see which events he took part in and how he solved the mystery of the Rubik’s.

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Indie Profile: The Toy Box

Having first opened its doors in 2007, The Toy Box is celebrating its ninth birthday this year. Here, the retailer’s directors - Sharon and Mark Horsman - talk to Jade Burke about their hopes to expand its new Kids Clothing Agency, the battle against dropping footfall and why they believe Teeny TYs will be this year’s sell-out toy.

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Accentuate’s Graeme Fraser-Bell on going global, teaming with Levi Roots and a potential Junior edition

After securing funding last year on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Accentuate is marking its year’s success with a new social media campaign for fans to win Argos gift vouchers. Jade Burke catches up with Accentuate co-creator, Graeme Fraser-Bell.

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