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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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Spin Master completes its acquisition of Rubik’s Brand with plans for further innovation across the Rubik’s Cube portfolio

The global toy maker, Spin Master has completed its acquisition of Rubik’s Brand Ltd and the world famous Rubik’s Cube following the announcement of its intention in October last year. Spin Master will look to continue the Rubik’s brand legacy with plans for further innovation across the entire Rubik’s portfolio …

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Orchard Toys appoints Banaghan & Co as exclusive distributor for Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Orchard Toys has appointed Banaghan & Co as its exclusive distributor for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a partnership that came into effect as of January 1st this year. The pre-school games specialist took its time in making the appointment following the retirement of its Irish agent, …

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Chancellor details £4.6bn relief package for retail, hospitality, and leisure as England enters third lockdown

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has detailed a £4.6bn relief package for the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors that will offer UK businesses a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. The measures were announced this morning, following a public message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night that England is to enter …

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