PG Live 2024, less than a month to go

Exciting countdown is on for 220+ exhibitors to unleash their newness

 

It’s now less than four weeks to wait until time the doors open on the annual card extravaganza that is Progressive Greetings Live.

And the excitement is truly building for the 220+ exhibitors, 70 of whom are brand new to the two-day show, that takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, 4- 5 June, at London’s Business Design Centre.

Above & top: The PG Live Preview is being sent to all visitors who register
Above & top: The PG Live Preview is being sent to all visitors who register

“PG Live 2024 looks set to be very special indeed. Not only do we have an astonishingly strong line-up of 209 exhibitors, but over 30% of these are brand new to the show, meaning that our wonderful visitors of retail buyers and overseas distributors are in for a real feast for the eyes,” commented Jakki Brown, co-owner of Max Exhibitions which organises and owns PG Live.

The full list of exhibitors can be viewed here, with Crumble & Core (stand 429), Bubblegum Stuff (538), Cotton & Grey (537), Sharon King-Chai (6), Eliot Siegel (718), Wild Lines (536) and Jelly Armchair (535) among the latest to join the PG Live extravaganza which encompasses well-loved leading companies, as well as plenty of emerging and newbie start-ups.

Above: Gold, Silver and Sunshine tickets are great for the retailers who can spend them with exhibitors
Above: Gold, Silver and Sunshine tickets are great for the retailers who can spend them with exhibitors

The retailer registrations for the show already read like a who’s who of greeting card stockists, with buyers from the likes of Cardzone, Tesco, Blue Diamond, Oliver Bonas, Fortnum & Mason, Hoopers Stores, House of Cards, Longacres, National Trust, Cardfactory, RHS, Sainsbury’s, Elphicks, Scribbler, Temptation Gifts, Tesco, TK Maxx, Morrisons, Henry & Co and Utility already having signed up alongside many other leading indies, small chains, garden centre groups, grocers and national stores as well as international buyers and distributors.

Above: David Sampson and Gina Joy are part of The Imaging Centre’s team who prepared the personalised postcards for each exhibitor
Above: David Sampson and Gina Joy are part of The Imaging Centre’s team who prepared the personalised postcards for each exhibitor

All retailers who register will receive a full colour PG Live Preview publication crammed with enticing images of products and ranges that will be launched at the show. To receive your PG Live Preview, register by clicking here.

The Imaging Centre has been busy preparing thousands of personalised postcards the printer produces free of charge for exhibitors, on board donated by G.F Smith, to send out to retail contacts to let them know they’ll be at the show and what delights they will see on their stands.

Above: Launches and innovations abound with Rosie Made A Thing (stand 500) set to reveal a collaboration with Abi and Roz from Tipperleyhill in the shape of the new Tipp Top range
Above: Launches and innovations abound with Rosie Made A Thing (stand 500) set to reveal a collaboration with Abi and Roz from Tipperleyhill in the shape of the new Tipp Top range

Likewise, retailers feted in The Retas retail awards are now receiving their special Gold, Silver and Sunshine Tickets offering them £150 or £75 off an order placed at the show. All Greats gift retailer finalists and winners from the 2023 and 2024 awards have received their £50 voucher to spend and all Cardgains members have also received a £50 voucher.

Above: Another collab has exhibitor Bewilderbeest (stand 109) teaming up with Artijoke for the Renaissance Vandalism range where professional comic Dan Atkinson has been let loose to humorously deface artworks that took years of training, and hundreds of hours to perfect, all in the name of making some funny cards.
Above: Another collab has exhibitor Bewilderbeest (stand 109) teaming up with Artijoke for the Renaissance Vandalism range where professional comic Dan Atkinson has been let loose to humorously deface artworks that took years of training, and hundreds of hours to perfect, all in the name of making some funny cards.

And, as publishers from across the UK and beyond get themselves ready to show off thousands of new designs and products and retailers plan their visits, so the PG Live team has been incredibly busy behind the scenes getting everything ready for the world-leading specialist greeting card trade show.

Some of the tasks have been harder than others admittedly, with the PG Live teamsters having to suffer through the taste-testing for the fabulous and much-anticipated free lunch, just one of the many extras for those visiting the show – get yourself registered to make sure you don’t miss out!

Above: PG’s editorial director Jakki Brown, advertising supremo Warren Lomax and PG Live operations director Jim Bullough had the hard task of taste-testing the PG Live lunch menu
Above: PG’s editorial director Jakki Brown, advertising supremo Warren Lomax and PG Live operations director Jim Bullough had the hard task of taste-testing the PG Live lunch menu
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