Trek Logistics Ltd has acquired Dairy Diary, with the change of ownership said to provide a 'secure and exciting future for the iconic brand.'
Originally launched to support the milkman by the Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Diary is still sold by milkmen and woman across Britain, as well as having soaring sales online. It was taken on by Eaglemoss Ltd in 2001, and now acquired by Trek.
Trek Logistics is owned by Nigel Mothersole, former Head of Operations at Eaglemoss, providing an already sound understanding of Dairy Diary. There is a strong synergy between the two businesses with Trek providing all fulfilment services for the products.
Posted: 3 October 2022
Miss Milly has been named as a finalist in the Boutique Star Awards with nominations in the Best British Brand and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year categories.
It's been a stellar year for Miss Milly with the British brand chalking up nominations for The Gift of the Year and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.
Sarah Watmore, Managing Director, says, "We have done so much this year as we celebrate 10 years in business. As well as being a finalist in a couple of awards, we have worked on our sustainability and grown sales significantly since summer 2021. And now we're a finalist again in industry awards with our fingers crossed for a successful outcome."
Posted: 29 September 2022
Belgian puzzles and games company Smart Toys and Games has announced the acquisition of the The Happy Puzzle Company.
Over the course of nearly three decades the Happy Puzzle Company, a Hertfordshire-based company known for its successful B2C operations in the UK, has reached a customer base of over 400,000 happy puzzlers and a presence in over 14,000 UK schools.
In recent years it has also experienced major growth in the B2B market, with international distribution now in over 20 countries.
Posted: 3 August 2022
Port Erin's award-winning greeting card and gift shop Mantons has now raised a total of £30,000 for charities and local organisations. The money has been raised by a combination of running events, donations of stock and sales of greeting cards.
Mantons owner Chris Beards says, "We are all extremely proud to have been able to raise over £30,000 as well as recently raising £660 for the DEC and the Red Cross to help the people of Ukraine."
Posted: 1 August 2022
ACID, the UK's membership and campaigning organisation for design and IP, marks this year's British IP Day celebrations with the launch of its new ACID IP Charter.
Browse ACID's new look website at www.acid.uk.com
First mooted by ACID and established in 2016 by the Alliance for Intellectual Property, British IP Day is an annual celebration of the role that intellectual property plays in the cultural standing and economic success of the United Kingdom, underpinning innovation and creative excellence.
Posted: 7 July 2022
Bulldog Licensing, which manages the rights for the Magic Mixies brand in the UK, has signed specialist apparel licensee, Aykroyds TDP, to the consumer products line-up for the brand.
Aykroyds TDP will be developing a range of children's nightwear, underwear and swimwear for the brand, inspired by the toy property.
Launched last Christmas, the first product in the Magic Mixies range was the Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron, which caught the attention of the nation, young and old, and quickly made it onto Christmas lists from retailers, the Toy Retailers Association, and children alike up and down the UK.
Posted: 20 June 2022
Victoria Eggs has found that retailers and consumers already have an increasingly strong appetite for products that are made in Britain, with many retailers now including UK-made products as part of their buying strategies.
This thirst for UK made products only seems to be increasing and the success of Victoria's recent Platinum Jubilee collection was enhanced by the UK made nature of her products.
In a recent survey by 'Made in Britain' which polled 2,000 consumers about their buying habits, 90% of Brits believe it is important to buy British made products.
The UK has a strong heritage of design and manufacturing and with every British made purchase you are investing in skilled craftsmanship whilst helping to secure the future for British.
Posted: 13 June 2022
After over a year of rapid expansion across the US market, from Hawaii to Alaska, Yorkshire-based Corinne Lapierre is ramping up its presence in Australia and Tasmania.
Business Manager Olivia Neligan says, "We know we have many very happy online customers in Australasia so we're thrilled that they may now also be able to find our kits in their local independents."
The company has established that there is a strong global demand for superb quality and design-led craft products and the Made in Britain label is a further boost to the reputation and appeal of the brand in foreign markets.
Posted: 10 June 2022
UK & Eire rights for global icon Miffy are to be managed by Rocket Licensing.
After DRI Licensing's decision to wind down the company it became paramount to find a new home for Miffy. The brand Miffy has been carefully nurtured and grown over the last 20+ years and, according to Mercis, it was important to secure this foundation, but also build on the program to further stimulate visibility and growth.
According to a press release, "We believe that award winning agency Rocket Licensing has all the prerequisites to jointly fulfil this mission and are pleased to announce our partnership in the UK and Eire. Finding synergies between our existing partners and Rocket's established network of best-in-class licensing partners forms a solid base to further build the brand across all categories and age groups."
Posted: 3 June 2022
Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, has coined June as 'Kindness Month' and launched their #PuzzleItForward campaign. Running from the 1st-30th June, the campaign challenges Gibsons' trade customers to gift a completely free puzzle to their shoppers and brighten their day.
Alternatively, puzzlers can make a purchase directly from the Gibsons website between 1st-30th June and they will receive one free puzzle with their order. Minimum order spend is £10 and the free puzzle will be automatically added to their delivery.
Jigsaw puzzles have been scientifically proven to boost one's mental health through the meditative benefits and separation from digital devices. Piecing together a jigsaw is a great way to combat stress, but it is also beneficial for your physical health too. By refocusing the mind away from negative and stressful thoughts decreases your cortisol and blood pressure levels, making both your body and mind healthy (Dr Newton, 2017).
Posted: 1 June 2022