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Spinners Phenomenon Proves Need for Independent Toy Retailers

21 June 2017

Fidget spinners might never have proved the UK's toy hit of 2017 if it were not for the flexibility and rapid response of the country's independent toy sales channel, a sector that has been considerab...Read More


UK Election 2017: Implications for Brexit and International Trade

15 June 2017

With Theresa May returned as Prime Minister, but without a working majority in the UK Parliament, what are the likely repercussions of the election result on the Brexit negotiations and on Britain's s...Read More


United Kingdom: Market Profile

9 May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, followed by the commencement of the formal exit process on 29 March 2017, will certainly lead to a prolonged period of uncertainty. Given that Britis...Read More


Tea Money and Skimming: The Current Blights of the UK Toy Industry

24 April 2017

Are suppliers having to bribe testing houses to clear goods for shipping? Are retailers falsifying claims for undelivered goods? Scams both old and new are bedevilling the toy sector, but is that just...Read More


Brexit: Recent Developments and Potential Repercussions

19 April 2017

The UK is about to enter into negotiations with the EU over an exit agreement. Early indications are that the exit talks will be a difficult process. While Brexit has not caused noticeable damage to t...Read More


Surge in New Applications as IoT Sector Seen as Finally Coming of Age

29 March 2017

Although a stalwart of the high-tech scene for several years now, the Internet of Things (IoT) appears may finally being welcomed into the mainstream, with consumers and business now awake to its endl...Read More


As UK Parliament Gives Approval for Brexit, House of Lords Continues to Push for a “Comprehensive” Trade Deal with the EU

24 March 2017

On 13 March 2017, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 (the “Brexit Bill”) granting approval for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of th...Read More


Fun and Games for Brexiting UK Buyers at the Nuremberg Toy Fair

9 March 2017

Visitor and exhibitor numbers were both up at this year's Nuremberg Toy Fair, one of the premier events for the global toy and games industry, although uncertainty over prices and the impact of Brexit...Read More


FRQG Updated Standards for Children’s Furniture

6 March 2017

The Furniture Industry Research Association in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group published four new revised standards for children’s furniture: FIRA/FRQG C001~C004:2016 on 27 January...Read More


British Prime Minister Reveals Brexit Negotiating Objectives, Suggesting a “Hard” Brexit; Impact on Trade Unavoidable, but Uncertainty Remains

27 Jan 2017

On 17 January 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, revealed her government’s negotiating objectives for Brexit, setting out her vision of a United Kingdom outside the European Union. During her s...Read More


Nostalgia and Heritage Brands Pre-eminent in the UK Gift Sector

9 Jan 2017

With barely a digital device to be had, low-tech seemed almost the order of the day at one of the UK's largest gift expos, with licensed products, 1970s' nostalgia and dinosaurs seemingly the keys to ...Read More


Proprietary Software and Smart Devices Revolutionising Live Events

8 Dec 2016

Trade shows and corporate presentations will never be the same again, according to exhibitors at Event Tech Live 2016, as a new generation of digital devices and bespoke computer packages changes the ...Read More


Cracking China Remains Holy Grail for European E-commerce Players

18 Nov 2016

With China now one of the world's largest e-commerce markets, there is a new generation of digital businesses looking to facilitate cross-border sales between European vendors and the mainland's growi...Read More


Licensed Products and the Changing Shape of the UK Toy Sector

19 Oct 2016

While never as segregated as the specialist and Big Four toy retailers in the US, there are signs that the success – or lack of success – of certain toy franchises starting to have quite an impact on ...Read More


Four Challenges Set to Rewrite the Rule Book for the UK Toy Sector

15 Sept 2016

The Argos acquisition, changing staff and profit priorities, the inexorable rise of online retailers and the looming Lego/Hamleys turf war set to ignite in London are all making for hugely interesting...Read More


Merger between Suppliers of Toddler Electronic Learning Toys and Child Laptops/Tablets Comes under In-depth UK Competition Law Review

15 Sept 2016

On 30 August 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority, which is the UK competition authority, announced that it has opened an in-depth review into toy company VTech Holdings Limited’s acquisition o...Read More


Ultra-high Speed Gigaband Set to Revolutionise Global Connectivity

26 Aug 2016

A new era of faster than ever internet connectivity is about to dawn, courtesy of the advent of the gigaband, ultra-rapid broadband that will change the way the world goes on line, according to exhibi...Read More


Start-ups and Big Brands Battle for Table Space at BBC Food Show

22 Aug 2016

From re-discovered London gins, to surprisingly good Greek wines and premium North African spices, tasty luxury treats were the starts of the BBC Good Food Show, with an astonishing number of sampling...Read More


UK Toy Sector Ponders Bleak Post-Brexit, Post-Argos Acquisition Xmas

11 Aug 2016

As well as the Brexit Blues, the still-reeling UK toy industry also has the spectre of Argos, the largest retailer in the sector, being subsumed into Sainsbury's, none of which promises to make Christ...Read More


The PLASA Live Event Show Dazzles with High-tech Innovations

27 July 2016

Smarter speakers, more efficient LED lighting and ever-cheaper video displays were the talk of the recent PLASA live entertainment technology show, while increased connectivity and higher levels of au...Read More

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