Spring Catalogue on its way

If you’re on our mailing list, keep an eye on your postbox over the next few days as the Mulberry Bush Spring / Summer catalogue will be on its way very soon – hot off the press.  There’s a great selection of outdoor toys, just right for the warmer weather we’re all hoping for, gift ideas for Easter (they’ll last longer than a chocolate egg!) and of course lots of popular favourites.

If you think you might not be on our list simply complete the catalogue request form and we’ll pop one in the post to you just as soon as they arrive from the printers

AMAZING SALE OF TOYS – up to 50% OFF !

We’re clearing the decks before the Christmas rush.  Don’t miss our latest fantastic reductions in our Sale & Offers section.  Grab your bargains early, because when they’re gone, they’re gone!

As part of our offer and for wooden train enthusiasts we have sale prices on a whole selection of wooden track pieces, compatible with all leading brands.  Extend your Brio, Big-Jigs Rail, Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway or John Crane layout for a fraction of the usual price!

Super New website

We hope you’ve noticed the new look to our website?  After many months of designing, building and testing we hope you’ll agree it’s even easier to find your way around.  We’ve improved the way you can search for toys and get ideas for presents.  The images are bigger and sharper too, and over the coming weeks we’ll be working hard to upload extra pictures of many of our toys so you can really see what they’re like.  We’d love to hear your views so do please e-mail us at sales@mulberrybush.co.uk.

Christmas Toy Prices

Are children’s toys and Christmas presents about to become more expensive ?  Last week The Times carried an article suggesting that manufacturing costs in China were climbing as workers look for ever higher wages, and materials costs are rising too.  It seems certain that those costs will be passed on to Western consumers, and here at Mulberry Bush we’ve already seen a number of proposed price increases from importers.  Needless to say we’re negotiating hard to keep increases to a minimum, but imported toys are bound to cost more this Christmas.

One might think that it would be a good time for some of our UK toy manufacturing, lost over recent years, to come back to Britain.   Sterling is comparatively weak, we have higher unemployment and a manufacturing industry that isn’t doing much at the moment.  Yet I was intrigued to see this question from a toy industry member who asked in an online forum:

“Are you manufacturing toys or games in the UK?  If so I’d love to hear from you with a view to forming a consortium to promote UK made toys and games”

That was back in January.  As of June only one company has responded, and they are games manufacturers who still print their cardboard components here.  Just one company !

Perhaps the reticence to manufacture is increased by the ever tougher legislation that surrounds toys, EU legislation that has slipped in largely unnoticed.  New toy safety laws come into effect in the next few weeks, and these will only serve to reduce further the range of toys available whilst further increasing prices because of the high cost of compliance.  It’s difficult to argue against it, because who would want to be responsible for injury to a child, or worse, resulting from an unsafe toy.  I can’t help but think though that parents will wonder why they can no longer buy the toys they played with quite happily when children themselves, and will question the higher prices for those that are still available.

SALE !! Stock Take SALE !!

We’ve just completed our annual stock take and we have a number of toys where we have just a few left – in some cases just one.  They won’t feature in our next catalogue so we’ve decided to put them in our Special Offers section on the website and reduced them by up to 40%.  It’s first come first served so why not get yourself a bargain now ?  When they’re gone, they’re gone !