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Ethical chocolate and toy brand PlayIn Choc secures crowdfunding to scale business to next level

The ethical confectionery brand, PlayIn Choc has beaten its crowdfunding target of £250,000 to scale up its business and build on the solid foundation it has here in the UK and global markets. The brand has been championed for its message of sustainability while promoting healthier organic treats and natural …

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Licensed toy sales grow 45 per cent across China as NPD reports ‘sales surge’ across the region

Sales of licensed toys in China have grown 45 per cent in the first quarter of the year, amid a solid growth of 16 per cent of the overall Chinese toy market to hit $1.2 billion (USD) in the first four months of the year. Top gaining toy licenses in …

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Coastal and historic towns thrive amid “strongest sales growth of the pandemic” for UK high streets

Pent up demand for in-store shopping, coupled with the reopening of hospitality and enduring appreciation of the return of non-essential retailers, has helped the UK’s retail scene to the strongest sales growth of the pandemic. On a total sales basis, sales have increased 10 per cent in the four weeks …

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SEGA Europe details ‘hand-picked’ Sonic partner line up across toys, textiles, food & drink and more

SEGA Europe has unveiled a new line up of merchandise and consumer product deals for its flagship character, Sonic the Hedgehog, in what it has billed ‘a hand-picked line up of industry leaders’ to help celebrate the property’s landmark 30th anniversary this year. With production on the film sequel, Sonic …

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Oxford’s finest | Start Licensing’s Ian Downes on exploring The Ashmolean through licensing

Founded in 1683, The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, with world famous collections spanning Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. Recognised as the first museum to open its doors to the general public, The Ashmolean holds its ability to tell human stories ‘across cultures and …

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The Olympics vaults into NFT space and details new video game title with nWay

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has detailed its launch into the NFT market thanks to a new partnership with nWay, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands. The deal will witness the launch of a new Olympic-themed digital entertainment, consisting of NFT Olympic pins and crossplay multiplayer video games, all developed by …

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Pop culture retailer The Geek Retreat on track to open 60 of its planned 100 stores this year

Geek Retreat, the geek culture retailer, gaming café and events venue rolled into one, is on track to open 60 of its planned 100 new stores on UK high streets by the end of 2021, creating 360 jobs around the country. The franchise is on track to meet its previously …

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Silence is Not an Option author Stuart Lawrence to take part in diversity and inclusion workshop at B&LIS this month

Stuart Lawrence, the author of Silence is Not an Option, and brother of murdered schoolboy, Stephen Lawrence, is participating in a diversity and inclusion workshop led by Products of Change co-founder, Helena Mansell-Stopher at the Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit taking place this month. The workshop is one of the …

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A booming Enterprise | From Star Trek to The Beatles: How Eaglemoss is fuelling the kidult and pop culture market

Now in its fourth decade serving the sci-fi and fantasy collector’s and collectables market, Eaglemoss has become an authority on the topic of pop culture and kidult sectors, supplying some of the most detailed models to be found on the scene today. But there’s a whole lot more to the …

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Eric Carle’s “timeless tales and unique artwork will delight and inspire for years to come”

Rocket Licensing has joined the many to express condolences over the death of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who died on May 23rd aged 91. A statement issued by the family of the US author read: “In the light of the moon, holding on …

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