Just nine days before host Patrick Kielty announces 2022 winners at fab 50s fling
Patrick Kielty as host, air tattoo artists, a crooner and DJ plus a casino – it’s all happening at the fabulous 50s-themed Henries Awards which are just over a week away!
Having appeared on everything from prime-time celebrity shows to late-night stand-up, and topical panel programmes, Northern Irish comedian and TV personality Patrick has plenty of experience to bring to the stage for the big night at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Thursday, 6 October, 2022.
And over dinner attendees waiting to find out who has one the 2022 Oscars of the greeting card world will be serenaded by the star of the West End’s Rat Pack stage show Gary Williams as he keeps the Sinatra flame alive with his cabaret crooning.
There’s also a glamorous casino, kindly sponsored by small independent retail chain House of Cards, air tattoo artists, as well as DJ Freight Train spinning a mix of classic 50s tunes along with more contemporary music to ensure the joint will be jumpin’!
The excitement is ramping up as the finalists for the Henries Awards 2022 – the list can be found here, with the Best Service To The Independent Retailer finalists revealed here – sort out their finery for the event, accessorised by the glittering red cat’s eye glasses that came with the fabulous tickets designed by Hallmark and printed by Herbert Walkers.
The Henries wouldn’t be what it is without all the generous sponsors, including Alpha Colour Printers, Card Factory, Duplo, EBB, Fedrigoni, FujiFilm, G.F Smith, GCA, Gould Paper, Graphite Creative, LB Warehousing, Loxleys, PG Live, Postmark, Scribbler, Sherwood Group, Skeet Print, Skylight Media, Spring/Autumn Fair, The Imaging Centre, UK Envelopes, and Windles Group.
“The Henries is always a good time review the year to date,” Skeet print owner John Skeet told PG Buzz having enjoyed his own rock ’n’ roll adventure of taking up rock climbing. “And it’s great that we seem to have an ever-growing list of clients nominated for various Henries.
“It’s been one tumultuous year that’s for sure, with all kinds of hurdles thrown at us from all directions, from paper price increases and shortages, rising energy costs etc. I would like to publicly thank both our customers and suppliers for working with us every step of the way to successfully find solutions.
“Again, we have grown the business and are in the process of moving into a third industrial unit with new binding equipment, to help meet the increased demand we are experiencing. We trust everyone comes together for a rock ’n’ roll evening.”
Over at Loxleys, the team are getting ready to channel their inner Elvis, as marketing manager Alice Woodland explained: “Every year we’re proud to play our part in the awards – including our questionable dance moves!
“Quite simply, cards are our world – and we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without the fantastically talented people that are involved in The Henries awards. While cards allow people to express a whole range of sentiments, during the happy and the difficult occasions, the Henries allows us to celebrate the brilliant minds and businesses behind those designs that allow that sentiment to be shared.
“This has been a year full of developments and positive change for our company, with long-standing commitments to various environmental projects both on and off-site, 2022 saw Loxleys work with the Trees For Life initiative to help in rewilding 500,000 acres of Scottish Highlands. And we’re repurposing around 52 tonnes of foil waste through our Zero Foil Waste To Landfill scheme and diverting 28 tonnes of otherwise unusable pallet waste from the scrap heap to create 880 bales of recycled pet bedding!
“Alongside this, we’ve made machinery investments totalling over £60,000 to help further improve efficiencies, and minimise our waste and impact on the environment, with more still to come.
“But our proudest achievement to date this year, was to hear 100% of our customers would highly recommend us to others for the third year running, we couldn’t do any of it without our customers and we’re forever grateful for their support.
“If you’d like to pick our brains about anything we’re up to, environmentally or otherwise, please feel free to pop over and chat to us.”
There are still a very few last-minute spaces available if you want to shake, rattle and roll with the greetings industry so book your ticket here, and the whole Progressive Greetings team is looking forward to seeing those dreamboats, petticoats, and Elvis gyrations next Thursday – just add those fab cat’s eye glasses and share your selfies with the #henries22 tag, and we’ll be cooking with gas!
Top: Patrick Kielty (right) is hosting the Henries 2022 with Gary Williams as the dinner singer