PG Live’s everyone’s cup of tea

Lots of show-only offers brewing at upcoming greeting card extravaganza


As the greetings world is getting ready for the big event – PG Live in just a few days on 4-5 June – we’re now down to dotting the Is and crossing the t-eas as there’s a free brew for everyone while perusing all the fab product newness.

The wonderful Windles Group has kindly sponsored the hot drinks trollies giving out free tea and coffee throughout the two-day show and, in the spirit of sustainability that’s a feature of both the greetings industry and the print company’s operations, there are proper cups for everyone.

Above: Enjoy a cuppa at Windles’ trollies and refreshment bars
Above: Enjoy a free cuppa at Windles’ trollies and refreshment bars

And that’s far from the only thing brewing at the show where enjoying a complimentary hot drink will help visitors check out all that’s going on at the UK’s only specialist greeting card trade show, which takes place at London’s Business Design Centre.

Featuring over 220 exhibitors from across the industry, it will be attended by 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: Unique has discounts on its brand new cards and wrap
Above: Unique has discounts on its brand new cards and wrap

There will be plenty of special show offers – for full terms and conditions check with the exhibitors – with wrap specialists The Unique Paper Company (stand 236) flagging up its greeting card launches, many featuring Bioglitter and all designed, printed and converted by the publisher in the UK.

As a PG Live incentive, there’s a 10% discount on all orders placed at the show, plus entry into a prize draw to wind £250 worth of vouchers for the Buyagift website or equivalent in stock from Unique, the world’s first reel-to-teel manufacturer of Bioglitter wrapping paper.

Above: Rhino is up for grabs with Kirsty Todd Illustration
Above: Rhino is up for grabs with Kirsty Todd Illustration

Penguin Ink (stand 130) running its traditional giant dice rolling to win discounts, and Kirsty Todd Illustration (stand 8) having a business card raffle to win the Ocean Sole Rhino that took 45 hours to make from 34 recycled flip-flops.

Posh Paws (stand 405) has a 10% discount for orders over £350, 12.5% for over £500, and 15% over £1,000, plus special offers on a range of selected products across its licensed and own-brand plush ranges.

Above: There’s show discounts at Posh Paws
Above: There’s show discounts at Posh Paws

Artist Oliver Stockley, who is relaunching his business under the Rose And Moon brand (stand 156) has both new product in the shape of full-colour wooden Christmas decoration cards, as well as offers including matching any Gold, Silver, and Sunshine tickets spent with him, so doubling their value.

Meanwhile Earlybird Designs (stand 401) is bringing back its Lucky Lolly game where buyers get to pick one of the Chupa Chups from the display with coloured sticks giving discounts between 5% and 20% off show orders, and the publisher has also revamped its Mini Cards collection with 18 new neon, spot uv and embossed designs focusing on sentiments and children’s ages.

Above: Rose And Moon has offers and new designs
Above: Rose And Moon has offers and new designs

On the launches front, Rossana Rossi (stand 520) has a brand-new male range and over at Tache there’s a new licensed Elmer collection celebrating the lovable patchwork elephant’s 35th anniversary – and it’s Elmer Day tomorrow, Saturday, 25 May!

Above: Elmer’s celebrating 35 years with a new Tache licensed range
Above: Elmer’s celebrating 35 years with a new Tache licensed range

With the free lunch on both days of the show, courtesy of lunchroom sponsor Scribbler with help from Talking Tables (stand 237), complimentary teas and coffees from Windles Group, the designer lanyards and quality board for the tickets provided by G.F Smith, great opening night party with Loxleys footing the drinks bill, tote bags from Hallmark, the musical welcome from Skylight Media and all that delicious greeting card newness to look forward to, especially in and around the Upper Village and Springboard areas featuring many of the smaller publishers and kindly sponsored by The Imaging Centre (stand 503), make sure you’re registered to attend PG Live 2024 on 4-5 June – it’s an absolute fixture on the greeting card calendar.

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