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Conflicted and terrified | Toy retail and gaming events approach ‘Freedom Day’ with caution and confusion

With Government plans full steam ahead to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite evidence of rising cases, the discordantly named Freedom Day has left toy and game communities at odds with the change in approach to health and safety this summer. This week has seen major events in …

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‘Green shoots’ of retail’s recovery in re-opening week, but indie shops ‘not out of the woods yet’

Despite the ‘green shoots’ of retail’s recovery this past week as stores witnessed increased buzz around lockdown easing and the country’s re-opening, small shop owners are ‘not out of the woods yet,’ as footfall is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. According to Sensormatic’s footfall index, UK high street footfall …

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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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BeeZee launches app for online consumers looking to shop with local indie retailers

Independent toy shops lacking the infrastructure to compete with some of the biggest online retailers are being offered a means of leveling the playing field, through the launch of BeeZee – a new app and website that lets users shop locally from their own home. Launched as a means of …

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Hamleys opens latest pop-up shop in Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK

Hamleys is continuing to ramp up its UK-wide network of pop-up retail concepts, with the latest to have opened up at Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK. The iconic toy shop will occupy its new address for the next four months, tapping into the key Christmas shopping period. The store’s opening coincides with …

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The BTHA and TRA send open letter to Number 10 as re-opening of toy shops becomes ‘crucial for the industry’s surivival’

The British Toy and Hobby Association and the Toy Retailers Association have made fresh calls on the UK government to take swift action in adding toy shops to the essential retailers list or assure the industry that shops will be allowed to re-open from December 2nd, in a move that …

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Lockdown II: Indie retailers call for ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ equivalent for toy shops

Independent toy retailers have called on the UK government to initiate plans to help high street traders recover from the loss of income brought by the current second country-wide lockdown with a concept similar to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative that was launched earlier this year. The call …

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BTHA 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards to celebrate altruism and innovation in the year of Covid-19

Innovation and altruism will be at the heart of the 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards this time around, as the BTHA outlines the theme of Special Recognition in areas above and beyond normal service. The change up to the Awards has been made in light of the events …

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UK retail sales lift 3.2 per cent but provides ‘little cause for optimism’, says BRC

UK retail sales have risen 3.2 per cent for July, the British Retail Consortium has confirmed, but suggests that the lift should provide ‘little cause for optimism’ as many high street shops continue to struggle. On a total basis, sales increased by 3.2 per cent in July, against an increase …

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Spin Master ‘encouraged by the revival of brick and mortars’ as it details post-lockdown plans

The global toy company Spin Master has struck a note of optimism for the course of the rest of the year, having outlined its plans to support its retail partners with stock, promotional plans and TV support for its most popular lines. The company has been ‘encouraged’ by the revival …

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