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Happy New Year…..it’s the Friday Blog!

Published on: 2nd January 2015

Happy New Year to you all, and may 2015 be a prosperous year for the whole toy community. I hope you had a marvellous festive season, and are fully rested and ready for Toy Fair season. Indeed, for some it has already started, as the Hong Kong showrooms will be opening any day now. I’ll be heading out to Hong Kong myself next week, so if you have a gap in your schedule and would like me to pop along to your showroom or your stand at the Toys and Games Fair, feel free to drop me a line. Next week’s blog will be a round-up of the early part of my Far Eastern trip, so hopefully I’ll have a few interesting nuggets of information to recount.

In the meantime, even though the vast majority of Brits enjoy an extended break over the Christmas period, there are still a few pieces of news to report, mostly involving people on the move. Rebecca Rees has left Nickelodeon to return to The Entertainer, where she will take up the role of head of marketing and licensing. Former Interplay marketing executive Gemma Porter will also be joining The Entertainer shortly.

Having moved on from Tomy, Joe Gray has teamed up with former colleagues Antonia Rainbow and Ruth Williams to set up a new marketing consultancy, The Progress Lab. You can read more about Joe’s new venture here.We wish her all the best with this new initiative.

Also on the move is Kay Thomson, who has parted company with KD Toys. Kay has a wealth of experience in the toy trade, having handled accounts on every level within the FMCG, grocery, wholesale, premium promotions, online and mail order channels. Kay is looking for a new role in the industry and can be contacted by email at kaytommo@aol.co.uk or on 07415 702 396.

That’s all for now. Look forward to catching up with many of you along the trail over the coming weeks. And don’t forget, 2015 is the year that Marty travelled to in Back to the Future 2, so keep a look out for hover-boards and self-tying shoelaces at the forthcoming shows.

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