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Rilakkuma eyes UK toy and gift sectors as plush partner discussions get under way

Discussions are underway with potential licensing partners to bring the popular kawaii-inspired character, Rilakkuma to the plush toy sector, strengthening the character brand within the core gift and toy categories as the IP gathers momentum here in the UK market. Heading up the licensing plans for the IP here in …

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DKB Toys appoints former WHSmith Travel buyer, George Stone to its UK buying team

DKB Toys and Distribution has responded to the recent account growth and new client acquisitions with the appointment of George Stone to the UK buying team. Previously a toys and games and soft toys assistant buyer for WHSmith Travel, Stone joins the company as a junior buyer with two years’ …

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Hasbro promotes Kim Boyd to Head of Global Brands and Consumer Innovation

Hasbro has promoted its senior vice president and general manager of global brands, Kim Boyd to the role of head of global brands and consumer innovation within its newly created Global Consumer Innovation Organisation. In her new role, Boyd will be responsible for driving Hasbro’s brands cohesively, consistently, and globally …

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LEGO expands Volkswagen partnership to launch LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van

The LEGO Group has struck up a partnership with the German car manufacturer Volkswagen to launch the latest version of the ubiquitous LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van, expanding upon its portfolio of cult vehicle LEGO builds. The new LEGO Volkswagen T2 Camper Van is based on its namesake of the late …

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UK retail sees best quarter on record as sales surge 13.1 per cent

Retail sales have seen a record increase over the past three months, amounting to the ‘best quarter on record’ with shoppers returning to stores in force since the easing of lockdown restrictions back in April. According to the latest BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor, total sales in June increased 13.1 per …

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Book of Beasties taps education sector for new CEO and head of sales as it eyes UK growth

The children’s mental health and wellness game company, Book of Beasties, has appointed a new CEO and head of sales as the team eyes UK growth and new avenues for product development. Former teacher, economist, and education adviser, Oisin Bishenden has taken over the reins of the award-winning children’s games …

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OnBuy secures £35m in series A funding to fuel global expansion and hit unicorn status

The UK online marketplace, OnBuy has secured a series A+ funding of £35 million through VC and strategic technology investors, putting the firm well on the way to achieving unicorn status. OnBuy launched to the scene in 2016 with the mission of disrupting the eCommerce space and take on industry …

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Little Brother Books on track to sell over one million Annuals this year and reveals Christmas 2021 line-up

Little Brother Books is on track to sell over one million Annuals this year, with more than 2,500 dedicated FSDUs across major retailers in the run up to this Christmas. The feat will make the company the UK’s number one publisher of licensed annuals for the fourth year running. Supporting …

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MGA Entertainment names Julie Taylor its new sales director

MGA Entertainment UK and Ireland has appointed Julie Taylor as its new sales director, a role she will take up this autumn as she leaves her post of 15 years with Golden Bear. Based in the UK head office in Milton Keynes, Taylor will oversee the sales portfolio of all …

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Kiddimoto renews partnership with MotoGP champion Marc Marquez

The Somerset based balance bike business, Kiddimoto has renewed its partnership with the eight time MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez to continue its officially licensed Marc Marquez 93 Wooden Balance Bike and accessory range. The partnership has been renewed as the company celebrates its 18th year in business this September …

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