well in the U.K., which was a positive boost to a struggling high street. This perhaps reflects a return to the theatre created by toy shops that bring the wonder of toys alive. “Looking forward, 2019

has the potential to produce significant growth for the UK market thanks to a stellar line up of movie releases and the comeback of old favourite brands. We would expect this to drive incremental spend in the category.” If this all sounds to you a

tad like whistling to keep your spirits up I wouldn’t disagree. Toy Fair was worthwhile but the selection of Hero Toys

singled out for award give a clue as to just how conserv- ative the offering seemed to be. These were the 25 most “exciting”, “innovative” and “creative toys” chosen by a panel of experts. Make your own mind up

from the selection here. For Millsy quality was high – but newness scarce. I couldn’t see anything that

was going to have punters trying to break your door down in the run up to next Christmas. Also, and it’s been said

here before, if Toy Fair is serious about working with independents they really do

need to think about whether their traditional mid-week three days is really what the doctor ordered. Covent Garden Market

Authority announces new Chair David Frankish is to join

CGMA as Chair with effect from 1st February 2019 for a three-year term. He succeeds the current Chair, Pam Alexander OBE, who will step down on 31st January 2019 after six years in office. Mr Frankish has extensive

board level experience of the UK grocery logistics sector and food manufacturing. He is currently Vice Chair of NFT

Distribution Ltd, one of the UK’s largest grocery logistics providers, and is also Chair of the Employment and Skills Board at the CBI. We l c o m i n g t h e

appointment David Rutley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare said: “I welcome the appointment of David Frankish as the new chair of CGMA. David joins at an exciting and challenging time in the redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market. He brings with him the skills and experience needed to build on the much valued work led by Pam Alexander


and CGMA to help secure the future of the market, its traders and customers. “I would like to thank Pam

for her passion for the market and for driving forward the vision of an iconic world class facility at the heart of London’s food sector”. Indeed i t has been a

packed few years for Pam Alexander who has led the £200m redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market taking the project f rom planning to construction. She’s overseen the opening of a new Flower Market, the Food Exchange, and the start of construction of the

new Fruit and Veg Market. Pam Alexander said: “After

six years at CGMA I am sad but excited to hand on the redevelopment of the iconic New Covent Garden Market to David Frankish. “I feel sure that his

unparalleled experience in food industry logistics, business development and customer service will contribute renewed vigour and confidence to the whole team. There is hard work ahead over the coming years and I look forward to the opening of a refreshed 21st century market and a new Food Quarter for London.”

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