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Look who’s coming to PG Live

PG Live attracts greeting card buyers from major UK retail multiples and leading independents – all of whom use the show to make their buying selections for the next 12 months. PG Buzz catches up with a few who’ll be hitting the showfloor on Tuesday and Wednesday on what they’re hoping to find.

Claire Fitzgerald from Waterstones at the Retas last year
Claire Fitzgerald from Waterstones at the Retas last year

Claire Fitzgerald, buyer of cards, giftwrap and calendars for Waterstones: “We are looking to refresh some areas within our everyday cards range this summer so it comes at the perfect time to look for exciting and original new product. PG Live really is the best event for finding a diverse range of card publishers all under one roof. It brings everyone in the card world together and is a great opportunity to showcase progression within the industry – it’s in the name after all!”

Liz Killick (2nd from left) and the Calladoodles team
Liz Killick (2nd from left) and the Calladoodles team

Liz Killick, owner of Calladoodles, Carshalton: “As ever I will head to Springboard for new ideas and suppliers, as it is always interesting and rewarding. I am looking forward to catching up with existing suppliers too, seeing new ranges and maybe even having a delicious lunch! PG Live always delivers on its promise of a very wide and varied range of exhibitors, from the fledgling businesses to the ‘big boys (& girls)’.”

Lesley Dunn (left) and colleague Lisa Dean with Sue Marks (centre) from Progressive Gifts and Home.
Lesley Dunn (left) and colleague Lisa Dean with Sue Marks (centre) from Progressive Gifts and Home.

Lesley Dunne, owner of Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh: “Lisa [Dean, shop manager] and myself will be at PG Live looking for a new range of humour cards. We need something fresh, girlie and fun. I’m also excited to see the new Proud Couture, Hearts Designs, Lagom and Megan Claire collections and place orders. I love the enthusiasm of the artists in the Springboard section, it’s got a real buzz to it. I shall definitely be looking for something different. What’s not to love about the show! With so many card exhibitors and talent under one roof we are really spoiled for choice. It’s such a sociable show with teas, lunch and drinks, us hard working retailers can feel not only feel a little pampered but appreciated too. And I love the location!”

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