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Boots to cut 4,000 jobs and John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores amid Covid-19 fallout

The UK retailer, Boots is to cut 4,000 jobs, its parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has announced, having been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. The company said it will cut around seven per cent of its UK workforce. According to Walgreens, sales at Boots have plunged …

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Thames & Kosmos UK bolsters board games portfolio with Aqualin and Crazy Fishing

Thames and Kosmos UK has bolstered its already burgeoning board games portfolio with two new additions, and detailed the upcoming arrival of what it believes will be this summer’s best-selling title. Aqualin and Crazy Fishing have both joined the fold this week, bringing both strategy and light-hearted game play to …

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Zimpli Kids relaunches its educational Slime and Gelli ranges with new eco-friendly packaging

Following a 12 month period of working to reduce its environmental impact, Zimpli Kids has re-introduced its educational range of slime and Gelli’ products to the market, this time to be ‘bigger, better, and eco-friendly.’ As a result of the development, Zimpli Kids now boasts a range that uses its …

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University Games appoints Jessica Foreshew to national account manager role following acquisition of Lagoon Group

Games and puzzles specialist, University Games has welcomed Jessica Foreshew to the team. She will take on the role of national account manager, following the acquisition of The Lagoon Group last month. Foreshew has a wealth of experience in the gift sector, having joined The Lagoon Group in 2017 where …

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Mojo Nation reveals this year’s Play Creators Awards finalists

Mojo Nation has revealed the finalists for this year’s Play Creators Awards, an event that celebrates figures in the toy and game design community to have excelled over the past 12 months. The shortlist of finalists for this year’s Awards includes in-house design teams, outside invention studios, and freelance design …

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Video game title Rocket League is the latest franchise to eye a move into the toys and collectables space

The global licensing agency, IMG is targeting toys and collectables as part of its major plans to develop an encompassing licensing programme for the smash hit video game title, Rocket League. Announced this week, the firm has been appointed as the exclusive global licensing representative for the video game franchise …

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YouTuber Joey Graceffa brings his Escape the Night series to board gaming with Kickstarter campaign

In one of the most millennial/Gen Z news updates you’re likely to read from the toy industry this week, YouTube star Joey Graceffa has partnered with Studio71 Games to bring his Escape the Night universe – one which started life as a murder-mystery YouTube series – to the board gaming …

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John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores with 1,300 job losses

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 stores, the retailer has detailed this morning, in a move that will include major outlets in Birmingham and Watford. It’s been reported that the closure will result in the loss of around 1,300 jobs. All four of the group’s smaller …

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Posh Paws launches Thank You Bears in support of NHS Charities Together

Posh Paws is both celebrating and showing its support of the work and commitment of the NHS throughout the coronavirus pandemic by partnering with the NHS Charities Together to launch a new range of colourful teddy bears. Called the Thank You Bears, the new collection will be landing this September …

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Toymaster cancels its September show over Government restrictions

The Toymaster Show which was rearranged to take place in September this year, from its usual May slot, has been cancelled. The Toymaster group has made the announcement in the last hour, that, owing to the continued need for social distancing, and the Government restrictions on the number of people …

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