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Early Learning Centre launches content and resource hub for home-schooling parents and carers

The Early Learning Centre has partnered with experts from across the educational sector to launch a new hub of content aimed at helping families throughout the lockdown period. With schools closed for a second time in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and with parents and carers home schooling once …

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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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The Toy Store owner ceases UAE operations leaving suppliers ‘owed millions’

The Dubai-headquartered Gulf Greetings General Trading LLC – owner of the toy retail brand The Toy Store – has abruptly ceased its operations, closing stores across some of the biggest shopping malls in UAE in what has been called an “unmitigated disaster” by a number of suppliers now left out …

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Hasbro creates new Global Purpose Organisation to advance its positive impact in sustainability, ethical sourcing and more

Hasbro has detailed the creation of a new Global Purpose Organisation with the mission of accelerating the firm’s ongoing efforts ‘to make the world a better place for all children and families.’ The new team will head up the global toy maker’s current initiatives across Global Government Relations, Global Communications, …

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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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