In the final the run-up to the General Election, PGBuzz asked Eliot James, buyer for Scribbler, what one thing he would like the elected Prime Minister to do to help the greeting card industry. Plus, with PG Live taking place the immediate two days before the Election, what he’s hoping to find among the 280 exhibitors ‘on the hustings’.
Prime Minister’s Scream: “My plea to the Prime Minister is not really specific to card retailers – but if she could lock all shop landlords in a room with the business rates bigwigs, and not let them out until they’ve come to their senses, I think we’d all appreciate it. Estimated probability: 0%.”
PG Live Manifesto: “Principally we are going to PG Live to find new ranges and publishers, but also to try to get around the show in time… it’s a great opportunity for networking and catching up with current suppliers, but without an eye on the clock it’s easy to suddenly realise that it’s lunchtime, and we’ve only managed to get through three aisles.
PG Live is by far the best show for us in terms of the variety and quality of the exhibitors. It’s great to be able to see big, established publishers under the same roof as publishers who are completely new to the industry, and everybody in-between.”