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“25 per cent tariffs on toys will devastate our industry,” comes cry as trade war rages on

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has revealed that it has been ordered to “begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, valued at approximately $300 billion.” The details emerges just days after US president Donald Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 …

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Sambro joins growing Angry Birds licensing roster with new puzzle erasers

The licensed toy and accessories specialist, Sambro has joined the growing roster of licensing partners for Angry Birds. The deal has been struck just months ahead of the cinematic launch of The Angry Birds Movie 2. Under the agreement, Sambro will develop and launch a range of Angry Birds themed …

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Play and Tech sector at heart of new direction for Autumn Fair 2019

Play and tech will be the topic of focus for the toy industry at this year’s Autumn Fair, as the show prepares to recalibrate and launch its new direction for 2019 and beyond. The NEC show will be unveiling a raft of new initiatives and changes this year, kicking off …

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Play Big Tour brings huge success for Little Tikes

Little Tikes is celebrating the success of its Play Big tour, an initiative that visited five shopping centre locations across the UK as part of the brand’s 50th anniversary year. Almost 20,000 adults and children from across the UK took part in the toy firm’s nationwide campaign, as they enjoyed …

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Gibsons celebrates 100th birthday with major sale on its puzzles

Marking 100 years of trading as a British, family business this year, Gibsons is offering puzzlers 15 per cent off any Gibsons jigsaw, spreading those birthday celebrations far and wide. The story of Gibsons began in 1919, when founder, Harry Percy Gibson, brought a raft of indoor games such as …

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Ravensburger to launch Tetris themed puzzles this autumn in new licensing deal

Ravensburger is to launch a range of new puzzles themed on the iconic video game Tetris across the UK and Ireland this autumn, following a new licensing agreement with the popular Tetris brand. It’s just part of a sweep of recent partner signings for the Tetris brand, marking its 35th …

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“Unsustainable” business rates system needs reform, says Tesco boss Dave Lewis

The boss of Tesco has called on internet retail giants like Amazon to pay new sales tax to support shops on the British high street, warning that the current business rates system is ‘unsustainable.’ Dave Lewis, who has been the CEO of Tesco since 2014, suggested in a piece written …

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MV Sports among award winning partners at first PAW Patrol Summit

Licensed and outdoor toys specialist, MV Sports has been named among Nickelodeon and Spin Master’s award-winning partners at the pair’s first PAW Patrol Summit. Last week, Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products and Spin Master held the first summit of its kind, recognising the accomplishments of retail and licensing partners with the …

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Craft Buddy to host trade open day and workshops for newest arts and crafts lines

The art and craft specialist, Craft Buddy is opening its doors and inviting trade customers, existing and new, to open days on June 28, 29, and Monday July 1 this year. The event – taking place at the firm’s Buckinghamshire headquarters – will offer visitors exclusive viewings of its newest …

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