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Poundland begins £800m stock market fl oat


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2013 Children’s BAFTA winners announced


Poundland’s plans to fl oat on the stock market have gathered pace as the retailer targets an IPO in early 2014. Poundland has sent out letters of engagement to the advisers leading the


fl oat – Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Rothschild and Shore Capital, The Telegraph reported. Poundland’s private equity owner Warburg Pincus is looking to raise between £200m and £300m, valuing Poundland at between £700m and £800m in the process. The retailer, which serves 4.5m shoppers a week, is looking to fund expansion to double its store count to 1,000 in the UK and expand into Europe.


The 2013 British Academy Children’s Awards took place on Sunday 24th November, and there were some notable toy- related wins.


Among the winners on the night were Moshi Monsters (Best Interactive in 2013), Despicable Me 2 (Bafta Kids’ Vote – Feature Film in 2013), Bin Weevils (Bafta Kid’s Vote – Website in 2013), CBeebies (Channel of the Year in 2013), Horrible Histories (Best Comedy in 2013), the writing team of The Amazing World of Gumball (Best Writer in 2013), and Skylanders Giants (Best Game in 2013), among others. For the full list of winners, please go to awards.bafta.org.


New branch of The Entertainer opens


The new branch has opened in Norwich’s Castle Mall creating nine new jobs. The store occupies a 3,377 sq ft


Bigjigs Toys reaches 100,000th milestone


Bigjigs Toys has reached and surpassed the 100,000th trade order mark, with Christmas Angels of York bringing up the milestone. George Poole, marketing and PR co-


ordinator for Bigjigs Toys, stated: “We are delighted to reach this fantastic milestone; we would like to thank all of those, especially our retailers who have supported us over the years. We hope that the £300 credit will help Christmas Angels through the festive period and into 2014.” Chris Kirby of Christmas Angels said: “As you can imagine, we’re delighted


to have won the 100,000th customer order prize. I was already aware of the competition, but our order was placed because we were running out of stock after a busy half-term holiday and in preparation for the pre-Christmas rush.”


store on level two, near the Castle Meadow entrance, opposite the Java store. Gary Grant, managing director and founder of The Entertainer, said: “We are pleased to announce that Castle Mall is home to our fi rst Norwich store. We felt Norwich and the centre itself offered a strong retail position for our store as it attracts large numbers of family shoppers who are demanding more toy shopping choice on the high street and within shopping centres.”


Playmobil to host 40th anniversary exhibition


Playmobil’s anniversary celebrations began this month with a ’40 Years of Playmobil’ exhibition in Germany.


The exhibition started on the 1st December,


and runs to the 22nd June 2014 at The Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany. The museum worked with collectors to create 2,000 square metres of features which show how product design has changed over time and how playsets are created.The exhibition is the fi rst in a series of celebrations to mark Playmobil’s special milestone year, supported heavily by marketing and PR activity across the continents. Jamie Dickinson, marketing manager for


Playmobil UK, commented: “It’s very exciting indeed to welcome a whole exhibition celebrating Playmobil. It’s a fantastic way to see in our landmark year, and give something back to our loyal fans for their support over the last 40 years.”


New Hamleys store opens 12 Toyworld


A new branch of the iconic toy retailer has opened in the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The toy store’s bosses confi rmed at the beginning of November that they had


struck a new deal with retail group Intu, which runs the Trafford Centre, to take over the mall’s 16,000 sq ft former JJB store. In a second phase in January, the new toy shop will expand into a neighbouring unit currently occupied by Ann Summers, which will move to another location.


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