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Toymaster: “Indies are poised for a strong Christmas and we have a chance to listen to our members more”

With the cancellation of the Toymaster May Show, a structural change up among its company directors, and now the group’s first leap into the virtual space as it hosts its own virtual tours in place of the usual physical FOB meetings in October, the year has been unlike any other …

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Yogi Parmar and Colin Farrow named interim joint MDs as Ian Edmunds leaves Toymaster

Colin Farrow and Yogi Parmar have been appointed as interim joint managing directors of Toymaster, following the departure of long-standing team member, Ian Edmunds who left the firm by mutual agreement this week. Both Farrow and Parmar have been with the company for over 30 years, and will continue with …

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Ciaran Fitzpatrick steps down as Toymaster Chairman as Chris Blatcher takes on role

Changes to the Toymaster Board will see the longstanding Chairman, Ciaran Fitzpatrick step down from his role of 13 years. The toy industry stalwart will continue on as a non executive director and Chairman of the Merchandise Committee. Taking on the new mantle of Chairman of the Toymaster buying group …

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Toymaster cancels its September show over Government restrictions

The Toymaster Show which was rearranged to take place in September this year, from its usual May slot, has been cancelled. The Toymaster group has made the announcement in the last hour, that, owing to the continued need for social distancing, and the Government restrictions on the number of people …

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Toymaster May Show moved to September amid COVID-19 pandemic

Toymaster has confirmed the postponement of its May Show to a later date this year, a move made amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Government lockdown measures. The show’s organisers have issued the official statement this morning, citing contractual issues that have now been overcome as the reason for the …

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Retail feature: Finding the community in isolation

It’s always worth remembering that in times like these, for every anxiety-inducing headline churned out to cook up one social narrative, there’s an equal and opposite act of positivity happening somewhere and being carried out by someone to counter it. It is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that …

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Toy sales surge in the US and UK indies ‘rally community spirit’ in time of COVID-19 adversity

Toy sales in the US have seen a surge amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data from the global sales tracker NPD Group, who has cited a 228 per cent increase in sales of games and puzzles in recent weeks. A recent report from the firm indicates …

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The Toymaster May Show is now sold out, underscoring the might of the UK indie

Toymaster’s annual May Show in Harrogate has once again sold out, underscoring the event as a ‘must-attend’ for the UK’s independent retail scene. Running from May 19th to 21st this year, the show’s exhibition space has now been filled in a demonstration of the importance that suppliers and manufacturers continue …

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Toymaster nets 25 new member branches in latest British Garden Centres partnership

Toymaster has secured somewhat of a major coup for its growing network of independent toy shop members and garden centre affiliates, in a deal that will now bring a sweep of 25 branches under the buying group’s banner. As the growing tendency for garden centres across the UK to diversify …

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Toymaster builds on British Garden Centres partnership with another raft of four

The UK toy shop buying group, Toymaster has expanded its partnership with British Garden Centres even further, adding a raft of four new sites to its growing portfolio. Building on a growing fleet of British Garden Centre partnerships, the latest swathe to join the Toymaster brand, include Hemel Hempstead Garden …

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