Starting a Toy Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Toy shops supply a range of toys and play equipment for children typically up to the age of 13, including arts and crafts products, science and discovery kits, puzzles and board games, soft toys, dolls and dolls' houses, construction and building sets, electronic games, cars and trains. Some toy shops specialise in supplying traditional toys such as wooden train sets and rocking horses, or educational toys designed to encourage children's physical, intellectual and social development.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises and via mail order, toy shop proprietors are increasingly trading online.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a toy shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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