Tag Archives: Retail

Hamleys makes major play for video gaming market with new department launch

The iconic London toy store and toy retail brand, Hamleys is making a major new play for the video gaming market with the opening of a new state-of-the-art console, PC and gaming accessories department in its Regent Street location. The new 1,326 square foot gaming space is situated within the …

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BLE 2021 to spotlight the future of retail, sustainability and the people behind change with ‘What’s Next’ theme

As the industry collectively begins to look towards a post-pandemic future, Brand Licensing Europe, in partnership with Licensing International, is supporting the network, weaving a ‘What’s Next’ theme throughout its 2021 show. BLE is making its return this year with a new multi-platform format taking place in-person from November 17th …

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Mamas & Papas eyes global growth amid ‘surge in international demand’ for British heritage brands

The British nursery and children’s wear retailer, Mamas & Papas is eyeing international growth, having signed a slate of new overseas partnerships across central and eastern Europe. The move, according to the firm, arrives amid a surge in international demand for British heritage brands like the Yorkshire-based Mamas & Papas, …

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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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100 UK retailers call on PM for tougher laws tackling ‘escalating violence’ against workers

Leading retailers from across the UK have written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling for support of an amendment to official bills that would tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers. 100 UK retailers have added their names to the list asking for an amendment to the Polic, …

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Rocket Licensing | “There’s real opportunity to make retail an experience and destination again”

Article from ToyNews sister title, Licensing.biz For those of the industry who tuned into the special licensing panel discussion at this year’s London Book Fair, albeit in its digital format, you’d have caught Rocket Licensing’s join managing director, Rob Wijeratna waxing lyrical on the virtues of Eric Carle’s The Very …

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Disney confirms it’s in ‘consultation with group of UK Stores’ over closures

Disney has confirmed that it is holding consultations with an initial group of stores in the UK about their closure in its first official acknowledgement of speculation that all but its flagship London store was to shut up shop in the UK. Rumours have been circulating that Disney has been …

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Maybe* Tech searches for Champions to build High Street Guide ahead of Independent’s Day UK

A new search has been launched by the team behind Local Rewards to find 3,600 people from around the UK interested in becoming the champions of their local high streets. Local Rewards is a free to access service that aims to help retailers in towns around the country recover from …

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UK sees “strongest sales growth of the pandemic” as May retail increases 10 per cent

Pent up demand for in-store shopping, coupled with the reopening of hospitality and enduring appreciation of the return of non-essential retailers, has helped the UK’s retail scene to the strongest sales growth of the pandemic. On a total sales basis, sales have increased 10 per cent in the four weeks …

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Up the local | Toy shops rejoice at re-opening ‘buzz’ as shoppers go loco for local

Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown. Queues for barber shops extended around …

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