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Progressive Greetings’ June 2022 issue is out now

The physical and digital editions are ready to read

 

Yippee! The days are still getting longer….the physical issues of Progressive Greetings’ June edition of the magazine landed a few days ago, and now the digital version is also available to read online. So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in!

As ever PG’s News pages are crammed full of industry happenings from all aspects of our sector. Read all about Hallmark’s new group managing director Tom Rolt, how Card Factory and WHSmith’s figures are both looking good, which cardies were feted in the Gift Of The Year awards and lots more (click here).

Above: Card Factory’s first new-look store opened in Coventry earlier this year with others now following
Above: Card Factory’s first new-look store opened in Coventry earlier this year with others now following

There have been whoops of joy up and down the UK as the finalists of The Retas 2022 celebrate being recognised as the crème de la crème of greeting card retailing (click here).

Among those being fanfared in The Retas is David Robertson, of JP Pozzi fame. In his column this month he pays tribute to the imminent PG Live, for which 2022 is its 14th year. Do you remember your Teenage Kicks? (Click here)

Above: Who could forget The Undertones great hit!
Above: Who could forget The Undertones great hit!

Meanwhile, fellow columnist Cardsharp is quietly optimistic that bricks and mortar is reclaiming some of the public’s love that was lost over the last couple of years during the pandemic (click here).

However, there’s no getting away from it, the soaring costs are causing challenges, pain and suffering across so many aspects of our business and personal lives. In the Viewpoints section, members of the greeting card community share their thoughts on how the cost-of-living crisis has and is impacting on our sector, as well as their personal pick-me-ups (click here).

Above: Ohh Deer’s Mark Callaby (right with partner Jamie Mitchell) is among those to share his views
Above: Ohh Deer’s Mark Callaby (right with partner Jamie Mitchell) is among those to share his views

But never fear, it’s show time next week as PG Live 2022 opens its doors next Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 June. Go to the mag where you can read all about the show essentials (click here) and some of the magic ingredients that give PG Live its stardust.

Above: Rosie Made A Thing is among almost 200 exhibitors at PG Live
Above: Rosie Made A Thing is among almost 200 exhibitors at PG Live

The Birthday Times feature shines the spotlight on a handful of PG Live exhibitors who will be celebrating their significant anniversaries (click here).

Above: For Cath Tate Cards’ 40th anniversary, there will be cake, and corks being popped with Cath and Rosie Tate on the stand
Above: For Cath Tate Cards’ 40th anniversary, there will be cake, and corks being popped with Cath and Rosie Tate on the stand

With the BDC, the home of PG Live being very close to the birthplace of publisher Raspberry Blossom, co-owners Rebecca and Mark Green reflect on the company’s progress over the last eight years and how it will be making its mark at the show this year with a raft of new products (click here).

Above: Raspberry Blossom’s Mark and Rebecca Green
Above: Raspberry Blossom’s Mark and Rebecca Green

There will be thousands and thousands of new designs being launched at PG Live as the extended Innovations section testifies (click here) and, adding a festive vibe, there are also some Christmas Innovations pages (click here).

Above: Five Dollar Shake will be launching its Christmas ranges at PG Live
Above: Five Dollar Shake will be launching its Christmas ranges at PG Live

The UK Greetings’ stand at PG Live will not only be showcasing some of its exciting new product developments, but will also reinforce the publisher’s commitment to sustainability (click here).

Above: UKG’s new model line features all manner of sustainable solutions
Above: UKG’s new model line features all manner of sustainable solutions

While the nation is preparing for the Platinum Jubilee, indie retailers Roy and Julia Beswick, of The Card Collection in East Molesey, are in Silver Jubilee mode too, celebrating their shop’s 25th anniversary with a bit of reflection (click here)

In the few years since it blasted on to the scene, Ankorstore has made its presence felt as an B2B platform with greeting cards playing a significant role in its development (click here)

Above: One of Ankorstore’s images from its Rewilding Retail rebranding
Above: One of Ankorstore’s images from its Rewilding Retail rebranding

And what the world need now is lots of cute stuff! Reflect on how our perception of cute has changed over time (click here).

Above: A cute design from Ginger Bee’s Owl’s Nest
Above: A cute design from Ginger Betty’s Owl’s Nest

This month’s Art Source is dedicated to the very talented Dawn Quigg who shares her life and loves (click here).

Above: Dawn Quigg
Above: Dawn Quigg

And to end the edition on a high, PG’s ever-popular What’s Hot section sees a trio of retailers share what are the bestselling ranges in their stores (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 2022 edition online you can click here.

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