Tag Archives: coronavirus

In bloom: Gardening specialist Primus on the growing potential and demand for licensing in the back garden

With the increased time spent at home, with family, and the surge of the UK’s population turning to the garden space and gardening hobby as a means of exercise and ‘back to nature’ entertainment, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the market has become one filled with potential …

Read More »

Barratt and Icefresh retro ice cream launch brings joy to a locked down nation

A licensing partnership between confectionery brand Barratt and Icefresh has surpassed sales expectations during lockdown, thanks to the launch of an ice cream range targeted at retro sweet fans. The range of four ice lollies and an ice cream tub was made available exclusively at Iceland this summer, with ice …

Read More »

Trend Bible CEO Joanna Feeley talks spotting the consumer shift ahead of Festival of Licensing

Among the many facets promising to keep visitors glued to their screens for the duration of October’s Festival of Licensing this year will be a dedicated channel to spotting the newest and emerging trends in a bid to spy the opportunities in what the future consumer will think, feel and …

Read More »

Spielwarenmesse postpones Nuremberg’s international toy fair until Summer 2021

Nuremberg’s annual Spielwarenmesse is to take place in the summer of 2021, a move from its usual January/February slot in response to the current measures in place regarding the persistent Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time in the show’s long history, the large scale toy fair has been postponed until …

Read More »

DreamToys 2020: Date confirmed for all digital event

The DreamToys committee and the Toy Retailers Association have confirmed the new date of this year’s all-virtual DreamToys event as October 28th, a date that coincides with the October half term. Organised by the Toy Retailers Association, DreamToys is billed as ‘the most authoritative predictive list of what will be …

Read More »

Debenhams puts liquidation firm on standby but insists it is “trading strongly”

Debenhams has put a liquidation firm on standby to draw up contingency plans for the department store chain should it not find a solution to its current financial crisis. The company, which is now in administration, has hired Hilco Capital to undertake the task should an answer not be found. …

Read More »

Rubies and Bristol Novelty to merge operations in forward-looking response to Covid-19

Rubies Masquerade and Bristol Novelty have detailed the merger of its operations and office functions in a forward looking move to house all of its products under one banner as the industry begins to shake itself off from lockdown. It comes, the firm has stated, as companies the world over …

Read More »

DreamToys 2020 will go digital this year due to Covid-19 impact on the UK

The Toy Retailers Association and DreamToys committee today announced, DreamToys 2020 will take place as a digital event this year. “Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, it is not possible to hold a large-scale physical event to announce the DreamToys list,” commented Gary Grant, chair …

Read More »

Funko feels the Covid-19 impact as net sales drop 49 per cent

Store closures across the US and the rest of the world at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic have ‘significantly impacted,’ second quarter results for the pop culture collectables specialist Funko. Net sales for the firm decreased 49 per cent to $98.1 million in its Q2 2020 earnings compared to …

Read More »

UK comic book publisher Rebellion launches fundraising t-shirt to support London’s The Cartoon Museum through Covid-19 crisis

Rebellion, the renowned publisher behind one of Britain’s biggest comics, 2000 AD, is raising funds to help the UK’s only musem dedicated to comic books survive the current Covid-19 pandemic. In an effort to support The Cartoon Museum in London, the outfit has launched a special t-shirt bearing classic art …

Read More »