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A Golden Opportunity

With greeting cards among the best performing categories for gift retailers – highlighted in the recent Progressive Gifts & Home Retail Barometer – buyers will be out in force at PG Live which takes place on Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5 at London’s Business Design Centre. 

“PG Live is a great space to catch up with all our current suppliers. It’s one of my favourite shows as it’s so easy to navigate and you’re always guaranteed to bump into a friendly face,” comments Natalia Kosterska, assistant buyer, home and gift, Oliver Bonas.

Adds Lesley Dunne, owner of Feathering Your Nest in Rayleigh: “At PG Live I can really get stuck into something I truly relish. We’ve established a real troop of customers who appreciate and travel for our offering, all thanks to PG Live. Meeting fresh new designers at Springboard is always the highlight and where I head to first.”

The show is a firm favourite of Julianne Moore, owner of  MiMi at Harley Wintney:  “The variety of card suppliers under one roof is fabulous and we always pick up one or two new companies at each show.”

As in previous years, a champagne reception will be held for Greats finalists and winners on both days of the show, where retailers will able to see their store’s name on the prestigious Wall of Fame. Once again, they will have a £50 PG Live voucher to spend with the publisher of their choice during the show.

Above: A golden ticket holder at last year’s PG Live.
Above: A golden ticket holder at last year’s PG Live.

Additionally, everyone who attends PG Live on Tuesday June 4 – either as an exhibitor or as a visitor – is invited to the fabulous PG Live after show party, with the drinks are on PG Live/Max Publishing.

“It’s one of the highlights of the show, with hundreds of people from right across the greetings industry coming together to enjoy some serious networking,” highlights joint show director Jakki Brown. The party takes place on Tuesday June 4 in the Gallery Hall from 5.45 – 7.45pm.

Adding extra sparkle to the event, the show has attracted many exclusive exhibitors this year to include UKG, Hallmark, Paperlink, Wendy Jones-Blackett and ICG, who won’t be showing anywhere else throughout 2019.

Above: Busy aisles at last year’s show.
Above: Busy aisles at last year’s show.

Other leading names exhibiting include Five Dollar Shake, Paper Salad, The Art File, Woodmansterne, Belly Button Designs, Carte Blanche and Danilo, who will all be presenting fresh product and inspiring portfolios covering all occasions.

Brand new publishers, such as Crumble and Core, Purple Tree Designs and Some Ink Nice, will be making their show debut in the ‘must visit’ Springboard section, while up-and-coming names, to include Deckled Edge, Pabuku and Toasted Crumpet, will be among those making a welcome return to the show.

Above: The Business Design Centre in London, the home of PG Live.
Above: The Business Design Centre in London, the home of PG Live.

There will also be a host of attention grabbing highlights, competitions and special offers.

Plus, exhibitors and visitors can enjoy a free lunch in the Gallery Hall, between 1-3pm, on both days of the show, sponsored by Louise Tiler Designs and Tache who have teamed up to celebrate their individual fifth anniversaries.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s PG Live,” enthuses joint show director Warren Lomax. “The bar has been raised following last year’s incredible 10th anniversary show and we know our exhibitors will rise to the occasion.”

To register to book your free ticket and to receive your copy of the Show Preview visit www.progressivegreetingslive.com

 

Top: Greats winners and finalists will have a £50 golden ticket to spend at the show.

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