PG June 2023 issue is out now

Progressive Greetings’ physical and digital editions ready to read

 

Progressive Greetings’ bumper June 2023 edition landed a few days ago, crammed full of industry news and views, retailer perspectives, cracking articles and masses of gorgeous product newness that will be launching at the Progressive Greetings Live trade show next week (June 6-7).

Above: The 50th Cards Direct store opened recently
Above: The 50th Cards Direct store opened recently

From Cath Tate Cards now publishing Deadpan Cards under licence, through the retail expansion of Cards Direct and Hallmark’s mega relaunch of its Forever Friends brand to Princess Di’s naughty Emotional Rescue cards going under the hammer, Windles’ new Lydia team mate, Royal Mail’s developments and agent Ian Bradley’s promise to go for a dunk for MND – these are just some of the tasty news snippets. Click here to read all about them and more.

Above: No one does it like Laurence!
Above: No one does it like Laurence!

Being the PG Live preview edition, there’s lots of great stuff in the mag about the imminent show. With GBCC launching a range in collaboration with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, PG grasped the opportunity to speak to the self-confessed “original gangster of maximalism”. Click here to read more.

Above: Paper Saladies Karen Wilson and Claire Williams are celebrating the publisher’s 18th birthday
Above: Paper Saladies Karen Wilson and Claire Williams are celebrating the publisher’s 18th birthday

Champions of colour Paper Salad will be kicking off the publisher’s 18th birthday at the show, with bubbles, cake and loads of new products. Co-founders Karen Wilson and Claire Williams talk about their colourful journey so far. You can read their lovely story by clicking here.

Above: The Imaging Centre’s md Adam Short and ops director Jess Penfold at PG Live 2022 with new business manager Simon Davis (left) and customer services manager Alan Miller
Above: The Imaging Centre’s md Adam Short and ops director Jess Penfold at PG Live 2022 with new business manager Simon Davis (left) and customer services manager Alan Miller

Digital print maestro The Imaging Centre is not only marking its own 25th anniversary, but also 10 years of sponsoring the popular Springboard section at the show which has launched so many brand-new companies on to the market. Read all about the printer’s first quarter century by clicking here.

Above: Ceri Stirland is the first female ceo of UK Greetings
Above: Ceri Stirland is the first female ceo of UK Greetings

There will be celebrations too on the UKG stand, as Boofle marks his 15th birthday. It will also be the first PG Live that Ceri Stirland will visit as ceo of the major publisher. Read Ceri’s take on trade, her remit and how she has a hidden talent as a supertaster by clicking here.

Above: Wendy Jones-Blackett with a handful of the brand-new designs to debut at PG Live
Above: Wendy Jones-Blackett with a handful of the brand-new designs to debut at PG Live

Find out what some of the other major names exhibiting at the show have planned by clicking here while there’s an insight into the handful of international exhibitors’ launches here.

And, while you’re enjoying that product fest, feast your eyes on the extended Innovations section by clicking here to see all the lovely newness.

Just in case you need any more good reasons as to why a visit to PG Live is a great idea, count to five and click here where co-show owner Warren Lomax reflects on the first 15 years of the event.

Above: David Robertson with Rush Design’s Lorraine Bradley at PG Live
Above: David Robertson with Rush Design’s Lorraine Bradley at PG Live

Columnist David Robertson has also been in reflective mode as he grasps the opportunities of the future and plans to grab the tiger by the tail. To read what he has to say, click here.

Above: Millennials are switched on to greeting cards
Above: Millennials are switched on to greeting cards

Meanwhile, fellow columnist Cardsharp rejoices how the millennial generation is responding positively to greeting cards. To find out more, click here.

Above: Card Factory’s research findings paint a reassuring picture of the greeting card market.
Above: Card Factory’s research findings paint a reassuring picture of the greeting card market

And the positive uptake of the youth of today is something Card Factory highlighted in its insightful Capital Markets event, which coincided with the leading specialist revealing its sterling results as well as its brand-new consumer segmentation. To read more, click here.

Above: Hugs & Kisses’ Caroline and Jon Ranwell celebrate reaching the finals of The Retas while on holiday in Cornwall, to the amusement of passers-by
Above: Hugs & Kisses’ Caroline and Jon Ranwell celebrate reaching the finals of The Retas while on holiday in Cornwall, to the amusement of passers-by

Card Factory is far from the only greeting card retailer that has been anticipating and inspiring consumers with their greeting card selections. Some of the finalists of The Retas 2023 greeting card retailer awards share their jubilation – to immerse yourself in this joy click here.

The ever popular What’s Hot? section shares some of the top-selling ranges for four leading greeting card retailers. Find out what’s been hitting the spot for them by clicking here.

Above: Nostalgic cute from The Porch Fairies
Above: Nostalgic cute from The Porch Fairies

And there’s plenty of the aahhh factor in this edition of the magazine, with an extended Focus On Cute Cards article highlighting some of the developments in this warm and fuzzy arena that you can read by clicking here.

Above: Me To You has 75% consumer brand awareness, according to CBG’s research findings
Above: Me To You has 75% consumer brand awareness, according to CBG’s research findings

And mega-cute star Tatty Teddy is feeling the love, with Carte Blanche’s research highlighting the incredible brand awareness that the little grey bear has engendered. To read more click here.

Above: Emma Lawrence in artistic mode
Above: Emma Lawrence in artistic mode

To end with some illustrative loveliness, Art Source this month focuses on Dr Emma Lawrence. From being told she couldn’t mix art and biology at school, she went on become a successful consultant psychologist, before changing direction to become an illustrator who draws upon inspiration from the natural world, with some of her designs being launched by Hooli Mooli at PG Live. For a dose of what the doctor ordered, click here.

All this and more in the pages of our lovely magazine. Wouldn’t you like to hold it in your hands so you can flick through and read it wherever it takes your fancy? To SUBSCRIBE NOW go to www.max-subscriptions.net

However, if you can’t wait, to read the whole PG June 2023 edition online you can click here.

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