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Character World continues global expansion with new sourcing director

UK licensing specialist Character World has appointed Gavin Thomson as its Shanghai-based sourcing director.

Thomson joins the firm boasting extensive experience in sourcing and operatins roles across several Hong Kong firms including the likes of Li & Fung fashion, LF Asia and The Just Group, as well as Woolworths.

In his new position, Thomson will be responsible for developing Character World’s relationships with suppliers worldwide. He takes up his role at a key time for the Cheadle-based business, as it continues its plans for ‘ambitious international growth.’

The firm, that specialises in licensed duvet sets and bedroom accessories, has secured a number of pan-European contracts with global licensors over the last two years, including Disney, Marvel and LEGO.

Mark Schweiger, joint managing director at Character World, said: “We are extremely pleased to have Gavin on board – his experience and knowledge of the international market will be a real asset to us as a business.

"We’ve had an exciting period of growth in the last year, with new licenses, product ranges and expansion into new territories. We are very much looking forward to more of the same in the coming months.”

Character World was recently named Business Partner of the Year award by The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland as well as Licensee Team of the years by Licensing.biz.

Character World distributes a variety of its products to retailers across Europe including Toys R Us, Blokker Group, Intertoy, Bart Smit, Dreamland and Colruyt Group.

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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