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All set for the show

PG Live kicks off tomorrow at 9.30am – be there or be square!

 

Busy busy busy! There’s so much going on at the Business Design Centre today as to finishing touches are being put to the PG Live stands.

It all kicks off at 9.30am tomorrow, 4 June, for the annual two-day festival of greeting card fabulousness in London where over 220 exhibitors await the hordes of retailers and distributors from the UK and across the world.

Above & top: London’s BDC is resplendent in its PG Live livery and the Max Publishing team of Jakki Brown, Jackie Lomax and Warren Lomax have been busy getting the tote bags full of goodies
Above & top: London’s BDC is resplendent in its PG Live livery and the Max Publishing team of Jakki Brown, Jackie Lomax and Warren Lomax have been busy getting the tote bags full of goodies

If you’ve been a silly billy and forgotten to register yet, you can still do so here to make it to the UK’s only specialist trade show for the greetings industry, and get yourself to Islington to find all the lovely newness that’s on offer.

Here’s a brief round-up from the stands being set up over the weekend and today – see anyone you know?!

Above: A very happy Dean Morris (stand 312) with PG’s Jakki Brown and Tracey Arnaud: “Lovely to be presented with some bubbles and a cute gift to celebrate my 25 years in the industry this year. That will certainly be drunk during the duration of this show, thank you!”
Above: A very happy Dean Morris (stand 312) with PG’s Jakki Brown and Tracey Arnaud: “Lovely to be presented with some bubbles and a cute gift to celebrate my 25 years in the industry this year. That will certainly be drunk during the duration of this show, thank you!”
Above: Quick finishers Nigel Quiney Publications (stand 221) are all ready to go midway through Monday! Alison Butterworth, Jenny Weare and Carl Pledger whizzed up the stand in double-quick time.
Above: Quick finishers Nigel Quiney Publications (stand 221) are all ready to go midway through Monday! Alison Butterworth, Jenny Weare and Carl Pledger whizzed up the stand in double-quick time.
Above: Day one of set up saw Sarah Hopkins pleased to get the panels up at Holy Mackerel (stand 217) – then off for a well-deserved G&T last night
Above: Day one of set up saw Sarah Hopkins pleased to get the panels up at Holy Mackerel (stand 217) – then off for a well-deserved G&T last night

 

Above: The reel above shows Amanda Kinghorn getting ready to present All Shades Cards (stand 769): “Each step through these doors is a step towards reshaping narratives and creating a more inclusive and diverse greeting card industry. Today, I’m unloading and making my way into a space where minority voices like mine can lead and inspire change.”

Above: Derren and Ceri Seal are very happy with their painting at Bare Cards (stand 730)
Above: Derren and Ceri Seal are very happy with their painting at Bare Cards (stand 730)
 Above: Having spent yesterday teetering on ladders and fuelled with iced coffee, Emily Nash has gone orange at Emily Nash Illustration (stand 612)
Above: Having spent yesterday teetering on ladders and fuelled with iced coffee, Emily Nash has gone orange at Emily Nash Illustration (stand 612)

 

Above: Klara Hawkins (stand 111) managed to set up in record time, as can be seen in the reel above, and proudly posted that the nerves which made her a quivering wreck when she first exhibited couple of years ago have now gone and she’s “just excited and looking forward to seeing everyone”.

Above: HomelessMade (stand 608) artist Guan Chow was channelling a bit of Banksy for a change, with the Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue paint, courtesy of design industry charity TP Caring Spaces
Above: HomeLess Made (stand 608) artist Guan Chow was channelling a bit of Banksy for a change, with the Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue paint, courtesy of design industry charity TP Caring Spaces
Above: John Jones and Lucy Glover have been busy getting everything ready for Enveco’s (stand 5180 exhibitor bag-drop giveaway
Above: John Jones and Lucy Glover have been busy getting everything ready for Enveco’s (stand 5180 exhibitor bag-drop giveaway
Above: The launch of Scribbler Studio is being heralded by the retailer turned publisher and wholesaler’s sponsorship of the lunch room
Above: The launch of Scribbler Studio is being heralded by the retailer turned publisher and wholesaler’s sponsorship of the lunch room


Above: IG Design (Eco Nature stand 204 with IC&G) is getting excited about how its fabulous display will be looking in the reel above

Above: When your name is AddSquirrel (stand 177) a squirrel is most definitely required – cue this fabulous character who’ll be found on the stand pushing the company’s new innovative technology to make cards and gifts more personal and interactive
Above: When your name is AddSquirrel (stand 177) a squirrel is most definitely required – cue this fabulous character who’ll be found on the stand pushing the company’s new innovative technology to make cards and gifts more personal and interactive
Above: All set to party at Laura Darrington Design (stand 417) where Laura and Ross Harrington are celebrating 20 years in business with a gift from PG’s Tracey Arnaud (right)
Above: All set to party at Laura Darrington Design (stand 417) where Laura and Ross Harrison are celebrating 20 years in business with a gift from PG’s Tracey Arnaud (right)
Above: The GCA is the backbone of the greetings industry as this display shows
Above: The GCA is the backbone of the greetings industry as this display shows
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