Tag Archives: lockdown

‘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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Up the local | Toy shops rejoice at re-opening ‘buzz’ as shoppers go loco for local

Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown. Queues for barber shops extended around …

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Hobby renaissance and ‘avalanche of new product’ helps Hornby to successful Q4 trading

A renaissance of the hobby market and an ‘avalanche of new product releases’ are among the factors credited by Hornby Hobbies to its latest business boost, culminating in a 28 per cent increase in sales year-to-date in the company’s latest trading report. The international models and collectables group released its …

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The Entertainer confirms Quiet Hours shopping when its stores re-open on April 12th

With lockdown restrictions easing further and retailers oiling up the door hinges for the nation’s re-opening on April 12th, The Entertainer has made a move to extend its Quiet Hours shopping in a bid to make the return to shops accessible for everyone. For the first week of re-opening, April …

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Asmodee launches Love Your Game Store campaign to support indie retailers when doors reopen next month

Asmodee is ramping up its efforts to support independent retailers when non-essential shops across the country reopen on April 12th, with the launch of a nationwide Love Your Game Store campaign. The initiative has been devised as a means of encouraging customers back through the doors of their local hobby …

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Mary Portas appeals to government to launch Shop Out to Help Out scheme for independent retailers

The High Street hero, Mary Portas has issued a plea to the government to support family-run stores with a Shop Out to Help Out scheme upon the lifting of restrictions on non essential retailers this April 12th. Portas has joined major high street names in fashion and beauty, Henry Holland …

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Giddy Goat Toys champions Down Your High Street as the ‘decision that saved the business’ from the pandemic

The Manchester-based toy retailer, Giddy Goat Toys has billed its decision to join the Down Your High Street platform as the ‘one that saved her business from permanent closure’ over the course of the pandemic. Shop owner, Amanda Alexander has championed the platform for fuelling toy sales throughout the country’s …

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John Lewis confirms eight more stores will remain closed when lockdown lifts next month

The department store chain, John Lewis has confirmed plans to not reopen eight of its 42 UK stores when the current lockdown lifts on April 12th this year. The move will put more than 1,400 jobs at risk. The retailer’s stores in Aberdeen, Sheffield, Peterborough, and York will remain closed, …

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Arts, Crafts, and YouTube Stars | Canal Toys on a record last year and why it’s expanding beyond the booming arts & crafts market

The explosion of the arts & crafts sector over the course of the UK’s lockdown periods this past year has helped the internationally-reaching toy maker, Canal Toys achieve not only significant growth, but a record year of sales for the business. Fuelled by consumer demand for products to keep children …

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The Entertainer offers support to kids and families through Play is Never Cancelled campaign

The Entertainer has unveiled its Play is Never Cancelled campaign, a new programme of home-friendly, social activities to keep children occupied and from feeling isolated as the country plots its slow route out of lockdown this year. Following months of lockdown and a year’s worth of social restrictions, research has …

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