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Toytown and Toy Hub buyers join to bring total number of retailers up to 13.

ToyNews grows Retail Advisory Board

More top toy retailers have joined ToyNews’ panel of experts – the Retail Advisory Board.

Toytown’s head buyer Brian Simpson has signed up, as has Helen Gourley from Scottish independent Toy Hub. Others will be announced soon.

Their first responses to our monthly retail section can be found on page 62 in our May issue. Both enjoyed a strong Q1 trading period.

They join 11 other key executives from national toy retailers including The Entertainer’s Stuart Grant, Toymaster’s Ian Edmunds and Andrea Abbis from Argos. Both will be providing exclusive comments to ToyNews in the months to come.

Simpson told ToyNews: “Trade in Q1 was really good for us, we had strong sales across all categories and a real boost from Easter that means at present we are trading 17.7 per cent up on last year. I am confident that we will maintain our current trading performance in Q2.”

Gourley added: “Q1 has seen good growth for our company, with a 30 per cent increase on last year’s trading. We put a lot of this down to streamlining our offering to ensure that customers get a consistent message, which along with our rebrand has encouraged a lot of repeat custom. We have also grown our multi-channel offering which is helping to boost turnover.”

ToyNews set up its Retail Advisory Board in December 2012.

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