Tag Archives: lockdown

Yoto teams with Sophie Ellis-Bextor to bring Mindfulness Corners to UK schools

The singer-songwriter and mindfulness advocate, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has partnered with the children’s audio platform, Yoto and its Yoto Player to launch a nationwide competition to bring Mindfulness Corners to 200 schools in the UK. The launch of the campaign follows recent research into the impact of Covid-19 on school children, …

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100 UK retailers call on PM for tougher laws tackling ‘escalating violence’ against workers

Leading retailers from across the UK have written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling for support of an amendment to official bills that would tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers. 100 UK retailers have added their names to the list asking for an amendment to the Polic, …

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Costume specialist Rubies readies its Hello Summer campaign to celebrate getting together

The licensed costumes specialist, Rubies is preparing to launch a new Hello Summer campaign this July, a marketing initiative devised to celebrate the summer months through new online content and competitions for kids and dress-up fans of all ages. The company is encouraging customers to make up for lost time …

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The handmade tale | Fiesta Crafts on why the demand for arts & crafts is here for the long run

Fiesta Crafts has become a name synonymous with the make and do sector, thanks to a portfolio of arts and crafts ranges spanning it all, from 3D construction craft kits and masks to family games; all of which took its turn in the spotlight this past year. ToyNews catches up …

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Edx Education launches UK retail website to meet demand for products from families and parents

The educational toy brand, Edx Education, has launched a UK retail website, offering British parents and educators exclusive offers and discounts on products, as well as expert advice to support families with home learning and play activities. The launch of www.shopedx.co.uk follows a successful year for UK retailers in the …

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Amazon reveals plans to hire 10,000 UK employees as it grows operations across Britain

The online behemoth, Amazon has revealed plans to hire some 10,000 UK employees as it looks to open more warehouses in the north and south of England. The move arrives as online shopping continues to surge amid the pandemic. The tech giant will also be looking to create a number …

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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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Online retailer Kidly celebrates fifth anniversary with Family Action donation

The online children’s retailer, Kidly is celebrating half a decade this week with an anniversary donation of five per cent of sales to Family Action’s Creating Happy Memories campaign. The platform – a retailer of toys, games, educational items, and a range of clothing for children aged from birth to …

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Epoch making toys launches first Aquabeads loyalty scheme in support of indie retailers

Epoch making toys has launched its first loyalty scheme for its arts and crafts brand, Aquabeads, with a ‘Bonus Beads’ loyalty campaign that will earn customers a free ‘Fantastic Starter Set’ worth £9.99. The initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of shopping locally, supporting independent retailers, while also recognising the …

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‘Green shoots’ of retail’s recovery in re-opening week, but indie shops ‘not out of the woods yet’

Despite the ‘green shoots’ of retail’s recovery this past week as stores witnessed increased buzz around lockdown easing and the country’s re-opening, small shop owners are ‘not out of the woods yet,’ as footfall is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. According to Sensormatic’s footfall index, UK high street footfall …

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