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Including the Nickelodeon Store Leicester Square celebrating its first birthday.

The Nickelodeon Store in London’s Leicester Square is celebrating its first birthday on Monday May 30. To celebrate, a number of activities are taking place on Saturday May 28 including a balloon artist, a colouring competition and an appearance from SpongeBob Squarepants. The store has welcomed an estimated 650,000 visitors over the last year and has introduced more than 2,500 new items since it opened. It has sold over 170,000 items, with the SpongeBob London Guard proving to be the most popular toy.

Dreamtex has unveiled its new Top Gear collection. Initially launching with the ‘I am the Stig’ themed shaped cushion and bedlinen, further bedding designs, cushions, towels and fleece blankets will follow later in the year.

Henna Riaz, founder of international royalty auditing business 360 Audit, has been shortlisted for a national business award. Henna has been shortlisted in the Businesswoman of the Year category at the English Asian Business Awards.

Global music legend Dolly Parton is lending her voice to play a singing chicken called Noleen in a special episode of Lily’s Driftwood Bay. The double length episode – called The Salty Chicken – will air next year. The Sixteen South show will air on Nick Jr in the UK from June 6 and Sprout in the US from June 27.

The Powerpuff Girls were spotted soaring across the Dubai skyline earlier this week, as they celebrated their on air return to Cartoon Network after more than a decade. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup sailed through the air against a backdrop of the Burj Al Arab, the Persian Gulf and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Fundamentally Children – which offers advice on play and child development – will be attending Licensing Expo in June. The company is looking to bolster its links with licensees and brand owners. It offers research and consultancy services, including audits of licensed ranges and research into the best strategies for brands and merchandise.

Dame Helen Mirren is to narrate Beatrix Potter’s rediscovered The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. This will be her first audiobook recording. The manuscript was rediscovered two years ago and will be printed on September 1.

DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment USA have struck a global deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for a new Mega Man animated series. The series will be based on the Capcom video game franchise.

Marka PJSC and Hearst Magazines International have opened the first Harper’s Bazaar café in the Dubai Design District. The parties were brought together by IMG in a multi-year regional agreement.

USAopoly is rolling out its Ghostbusters Artist Series Puzzle Collection as part of the Classic licensing programme for the movie.

Nelvana has named 14 new licensing agents for preschool property, Trucktown. The new agents are: Agosin Licensing (Chile), AMV Licensing (Peru, Bolivia), Arabian Licensing Company (Middle East), Big Star (Caribbean nations), B-Rights Iberia (Spain, Andorra), LDI (Israel), Empire Multimedia Corporation (South Korea, Singapore, India), Exim Argentina, Exim Brazil, Exim Colombia, Exim Mexico, France TV Distribution, MON Licensing (Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador) and Super RTL (Germany, Austria, German speaking Switzerland).

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