Tag Archives: COVID-19

Viewpoint | WildBrain CPLG’s John Taylor explores the global shift and trends for 2021

Major changes are taking place across both the licensing and retail landscapes, and it’s not all driven by the pandemic. Yes, the arrival of the coronavirus on a global scale has influenced some sweeping evolutionary moves for businesses the world over, but it has only acted as a facilitator of …

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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen. The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement …

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Chancellor details £4.6bn relief package for retail, hospitality, and leisure as England enters third lockdown

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has detailed a £4.6bn relief package for the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors that will offer UK businesses a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. The measures were announced this morning, following a public message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night that England is to enter …

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Emoji Company partners with Vistaprint to launch new face masks range and support businesses in the US and Canada

The Emoji Company has partnered with Vistaprint to produce a new line of face masks featuring some of the most recognisable Emoji brand icons. Ten per cent of the total sales made by the masks will be donated to help empower small businesses across the US and Canada. To date, …

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Hyve Group reveals dates for the all-virtual Spring Fair @ Home 2021

Hyve Group has confirmed the dates of its Spring Fair @ Home virtual event, an all-digital show that will take the place of the in-person Spring Fair 2021 that was cancelled last month over the continued uncertainty surrounding covid-19 restrictions. Running from February 8th to 10th, Spring Fair @ Home …

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Aardman teams with Circa Contemporary Circus to bring Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show to Queensland

The multi-award winning UK animation studio, Aardman, has joined forces with the performance company Circa Contemporary Circus to produce a new circus-theatre production called Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show. The world premiere season of the new show will be held in Queensland, Australia’s QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, scheduled in for March …

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Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January to recoup lockdown losses

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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Rise in shoppers planning to stay local this year, as “support for indies has never been so important”

With the Prime Minister’s confirmation that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen across England when the nation-wide lockdown lifts on December 2nd playing like music to many a retailer’s ears amid the essential Christmas shopping period, independent toy shops are rallying the message that ‘shopping local has never …

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Funko’s Loungefly brand sees sales surge and global growth of 25 per cent

While it’s true enough that the world’s pandemic crisis saw some of the biggest forms of live entertainment hit the pause button for the best part of the year, the likes of Disney’s portfolio of theme parks that draw all manner of pop culture enthusiasts year on year, the desire …

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Shoppers fuel sales growth in October but BRC warns that lockdown easing by December “is vital for survival”

Shoppers taking the opportunity to stock up on home comforts and food supplies ahead of the England-wide lockdown helped total retail sales increase 4.9 per cent in the four weeks to October 31, indicating some respite for the UK retailer hampered by coronavirus restrictions this year. Despite the lift – …

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