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Cartamundi builds Global R&D Center to ‘centralise vision’ for product innovation

Cartamundi, a leader in the manufacture of games and playing cards, is building a new Global R&D Center in Turnhout to work closely with Cartamundi’s R&D departments around the world. The new center, the firm states, will be ‘crucial for Cartamundi’s strength and digital transformation,’ and will act as the …

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Smyths Toys UK achieves record revenues and declares £31m dividend

The toy retail giant Smyths Toys saw revenues across Britain and Northern Ireland increase to a record €737 million in 2019, new accounts show. Accounts recently filed by the family business – focusing on Britain – show that sales at the company increased seven per cent from £581 million to £622.6 …

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OPINION: Playing it safe – Awareness is growing around the hygienic protection of toys

As the country continues to tackle a raging new strain of the Coronavirus, and the world continues its fight against the pandemic, it’s little surprise that company priorities have shifted towards heightened health and safety measures, not only in their practices but in the services and products they offer. Trunki …

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Sambro eyes ‘period of accelerated growth’ with £13m Barclays funding package

Toy manufacturer and distributor Sambro International Ltd is assessing new growth opportunities after securing a £13m funding package with Barclays Bank.  Despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic, the Manchester-based toys and licensed children’s products specialist achieved strong sales throughout 2020. It is now aiming to build on the momentum …

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Collectable plush brand Cats vs. Pickles lands in UK to ‘mirror sell-out success in the US’

Cats vs. Pickles, an international children’s IP that has rocketed to fame on YouTube, is looking to mirror its US success as it prepares to set all four paws down on the UK’s shores this year. Made available to the UK market through Paul Fogarty’s TWO IN 1 Direct, Cats …

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Asmodee launches new Brain Games and Two-Player Games ranges to fend off lockdown boredom

Asmodee has detailed the launch of two new key ranges for the year as the UK board gaming giant looks to reinforce its belief that ‘there’s a perfect game for every occasion’, particularly over the UK’s extended lockdown period. As part of an update to its existing collections, Asmodee has …

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RMS International named puzzles partner for popular pre-school property Blippi

RMS International has been named among a raft of six new UK-based licensing partners for the popular pre-school property, Blippi, thanks to the latest efforts of the show’s licensing agency, The Point. 1888. Under the new deal, RMS International will work with the brand’s owner, Moonbug Entertainment, a leading name …

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Funko to kick off the New Year with all-virtual Funko Fair event

The pop culture specialist, Funko, is kicking off the New Year with the launch of its first Funko Fair, a two-week long virtual event that aims to introduce fans and partners to new products expected to hit retail later this year. Funko has already confirmed a line-up of licensing partners …

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Global news: Indian government launches Toycathon in move to make country ‘a global hub for toys and games’

The Indian government has taken new steps towards transforming the country into ‘a global hub for the development and manufacture of toys and games,’ with the launch of Toycathon. A hackathon for students, teachers, experts, and start-ups to crowdsource ideas for developing innovative toys and games, the launch is the …

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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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