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Retail trade union Usdaw slams government Covid relaxation plans as “too much too soon”

The retail trade union Usdaw has blasted the Prime Minister and UK government’s plans on lifting safety measures in stores as “too much too soon” following Boris Johnson’s latest address to the nation to move ahead with the release of Covid restrictions from July 19th. This week Johnson told the …

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BargainMax.co.uk secures HSBC funding package to fuel ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the next year

The Manchester-based online toy and games retailer, BargainMax.co.uk has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to support its ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the coming year. BargainMax has said it will use the funding to increase its product range and stock by over 60 per cent in the next …

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The Entertainer’s Gary Grant | “A family business is a different kind of business”

With a universe of toys at his disposal, and the entirety of the children’s entertainment market at his fingertips; you’d assume grandfatherhood was just another day at the office for Gary Grant, founder of the UK toy shop The Entertainer. As any doting grandparent would attest, the role comes with …

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The handmade tale | Fiesta Crafts on why the demand for arts & crafts is here for the long run

Fiesta Crafts has become a name synonymous with the make and do sector, thanks to a portfolio of arts and crafts ranges spanning it all, from 3D construction craft kits and masks to family games; all of which took its turn in the spotlight this past year. ToyNews catches up …

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Edx Education launches UK retail website to meet demand for products from families and parents

The educational toy brand, Edx Education, has launched a UK retail website, offering British parents and educators exclusive offers and discounts on products, as well as expert advice to support families with home learning and play activities. The launch of www.shopedx.co.uk follows a successful year for UK retailers in the …

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Amazon reveals plans to hire 10,000 UK employees as it grows operations across Britain

The online behemoth, Amazon has revealed plans to hire some 10,000 UK employees as it looks to open more warehouses in the north and south of England. The move arrives as online shopping continues to surge amid the pandemic. The tech giant will also be looking to create a number …

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Retail Spotlight | Cachao Toys talks reopening, local support and why toy shops are about making memories

A family-started business that opened its doors in 1996 as a chocolate shop, Cachao’s winding journey into toys has cemented its place among London locals. We catch up with Cachao’s owner, Jennie Hogg, to find out how business has been for this retailer of the weird and wonderful, since doors …

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LEGO and The LEGO Foundation make $1million donation to Save the Children India

The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation are making a $1 million donation to help Save the Children India support families and children most at risk in Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and West Bengal from the most recent outbreak of Covid-19. The money will be used to deliver learning to around …

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Online retailer Kidly celebrates fifth anniversary with Family Action donation

The online children’s retailer, Kidly is celebrating half a decade this week with an anniversary donation of five per cent of sales to Family Action’s Creating Happy Memories campaign. The platform – a retailer of toys, games, educational items, and a range of clothing for children aged from birth to …

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Epoch making toys launches first Aquabeads loyalty scheme in support of indie retailers

Epoch making toys has launched its first loyalty scheme for its arts and crafts brand, Aquabeads, with a ‘Bonus Beads’ loyalty campaign that will earn customers a free ‘Fantastic Starter Set’ worth £9.99. The initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of shopping locally, supporting independent retailers, while also recognising the …

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