Tag Archives: lockdown

Panini ‘working hard to get stickers into the UK’ following high demand for its Premier League Collection 2021

Panini UK has ‘been taken aback’ by the demand for the new Premier League Official Sticker Collection 2021, that – despite the current lockdown restrictions – has seen sales outperform the success of the 2020 collection. The range has been such a hit at retail that customers in some parts …

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Indie insight: Armadillo Toys’ Lisa Clay on lockdown spirit and being the BTHA’s Ultimate Superhero

For the past 17 years, the independent retailer Armadillo Toys has been supplying the Leeds locals with an offering of traditional toy and games, while embedding itself at the centre of a community of parents and children spanning almost two decades. When the pandemic first struck last year, owner Lisa …

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Games, Puzzles and growing Kidult market fuel toy sector’s 2020 success, says NPD

The lockdown success of the games and puzzles market, a surge in the kidult market, and early Christmas trading all fuelled by the restrictions and implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, has helped the UK toy market hit a five per cent sales increase for its overall value.  According to the …

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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen. The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement …

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Shops across Scotland stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in latest restrictions

Shops across Scotland will be stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in a further tightening of national lockdown measures, Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has detailed today. Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that shops would only be allowed to offer click and collect for essential goods such as …

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Early Learning Centre launches content and resource hub for home-schooling parents and carers

The Early Learning Centre has partnered with experts from across the educational sector to launch a new hub of content aimed at helping families throughout the lockdown period. With schools closed for a second time in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and with parents and carers home schooling once …

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Pent up savings, consumer confidence and vaccines offer retail sector brighter outlook for 2021, says think tank

Pent up savings, more confident consumers, and a successful vaccine roll-out will all contribute to a brighter outlook for the UK’s retail sector, experts from the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank have suggested. The second half of the year could see some respite for the embattled retail sector, suggests the group, …

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Toy shops blast government’s ‘derisory’ business grants as third lockdown threatens indie retailers

Independent toy retailers have blasted the UK government for under-serving the country’s small businesses, labelling the current grants offered to them in the face of yet more months of closure as “derisory.” The announcement of further restrictions and imposed nation-wide lockdowns across Scotland and England made this week, as well …

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All non-essential retail to close in Wales after Christmas Eve in latest measures

All non-essential retailers in Wales will be made to shut up shop from Christmas Eve under new measures to be put in place across the country in the latest coronavirus restrictions review. Wales will then go into a full lockdown with Tier 4 restrictions for three weeks from December 28th. …

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Logic games and puzzles are on the rise as Smart Toys & Games sees sales double over 2020

The puzzle and logic game specialist, Smart Toys and Games is ushering in a new era for the gaming market, having seen sales double over the course of 2020 for its portfolio of cognitive-thinking games and puzzles. The Sussex-based toy firm has told ToyNews that while a year of social …

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