Business round-up: Rates reform, Huggables, and Butlin’s new digital firm

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New calls for rates reform

The British Retail Consortium has added its voice to the business rates debate, describing the latest iteration as “an outdated and unfair tax”. The group has called for a two-year freeze and a town centre policy review on the levy that has come under increasing fire in the last two governmental budgets.

Huggables moves home

Huggables, a premier supplier of plush and plastic toys to the UK amusements market, has moved to a new 11,000 sq ft warehouse after securing a six figure funding deal. Managing director, Neil Chidlaw said: “The additional space also en- ables us to buy higher quantities of current and new stock allowing us to offer our customers greater choice.”

Butlin’s appoints new digital firm

Butlin’s, one of Britain’s most recognisable holiday brands, has appointed the digital agency Dept to redesign its online presence and booking platform. Dermot King, managing director at Butlin’s, said: “It is essential that we make it as easy and enjoyable for our guests to book a break, and having a cutting-edge website is integral to that”

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