Tag Archives: Pandemic

Arts, Crafts, and YouTube Stars | Canal Toys on a record last year and why it’s expanding beyond the booming arts & crafts market

The explosion of the arts & crafts sector over the course of the UK’s lockdown periods this past year has helped the internationally-reaching toy maker, Canal Toys achieve not only significant growth, but a record year of sales for the business. Fuelled by consumer demand for products to keep children …

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Wentworth Puzzles raises £12,000 for local coronavirus charity through exclusive jigsaw puzzle

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, a Wiltshire-based puzzles specialist, has raised over £12,000 for its local charity, the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, four times its initial target when it launched its exclusive jigsaw puzzle last year. Designed a means of saying thank you to NHS Staff and all the other …

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It’s Great Outdoors | Plum Play talks nature, wellness, and the nation’s rediscovery of play

While the likelihood of a summer of Great British staycations is fueling current demand in the outdoor play space, it is the emerging trends in children’s wellness combined and the rediscovery of play within the home and nature, that will help it to a thriving future. For the outdoor play …

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Toymaster May Show 2021 cancelled as Government restrictions hamper this year’s plans

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Children’s charity London Play searches for retailers for its Play 52 fund-raising card game

The children’s charity, London Play is calling on stockists and retailers to help get its range of Play 52 playing cards into the hands of consumers and raise money to support disadvantaged children around London. Over the last six months, the UK charity has developed and launched a range of …

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Non-essential retailers can order free Covid-19 tests for employees until end of June

Non-essential retailers across England will be able to order free Covid-19 tests for employees until the end of June, the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed this week. Businesses of all sizes, including smaller operations with fewer than 50 employees, will now be able to register to order …

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The Entertainer offers support to kids and families through Play is Never Cancelled campaign

The Entertainer has unveiled its Play is Never Cancelled campaign, a new programme of home-friendly, social activities to keep children occupied and from feeling isolated as the country plots its slow route out of lockdown this year. Following months of lockdown and a year’s worth of social restrictions, research has …

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Little Tikes digs into flourishing gardening market with Growing Garden launch

Little Tikes is encouraging kids to get their hands dirty this summer with the launch of its new Growing Garden brand, a range aimed as aspiring gardeners to get closer to nature. The true-to-life range will feature a watering can and gloves for tending to newly planted seeds, garden hand …

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Edx Education partners with UK kids’ cooking author Annabel Karmel for national children’s campaign

The educational toy brand, Edx Education has launched a campaign partnership with the UK’s popular children’s cooking author, Annabel Karmel with a focus on delivering family bonding activities to help kids recover from a year of disruption caused by the pandemic. The campaign will kick off with a series of …

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Plum Play eyes international growth following outdoor play demand and £4.2m in funding

Plum Play is eyeing international growth for its portfolio of outdoor toys and play products, including trampolines and climbing frames, following a surge in demand that has been driven by the pandemic and a recent £4.2 million in bank funding. It was at the end of last year that the …

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