Progressive Greetings November issue out now

The physical and digital editions are ready to read

 

While Progressive Greetings’ November edition landed several days ago, the digital version is available to read online now too!

The news pages are crammed full of industry happenings from all fronts – retailer, publisher, supplier and even royalty. Indeed card sending is coming from the top, with King Charles re-instigating the sending of cards to those celebrating their 100th birthday and other major milestones.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s has continued its commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion with its Black History Month card display, the GCA ensured some sense was heard in Westminster about supporting SMEs, while indie Paper Tiger shares its sustainable push. To read about all this and much more click here.

Above: The new card design that will be sent from Buckingham Palace
Above: The new commemorative card design that will be sent from Buckingham Palace

The shout “Get your head up!” echoed round an emptyish playing field as David Robertson watched his 14-year-old godson play centre half for Caley Thistle under 16s. It was all about knowing what was around you, rather than looking down at the ball – just what he feels retailers need to do in this World Cup Christmas! Click here to see what David has to say.

Above: David Robertson (front far right) in his Bonnie Earl player days
Above: David Robertson (front far right) in his Bonnie Earl player days

And there’s plenty more input from retailers about their hunch for the so-called Golden Quarter’s trading. The Viewpoints section asked some leading greeting card retail stockists to talked turkey about how they felt their Christmas trade is going to pan out. Click here to read more.

Above: Philip Nield, co-owner of Reflections in Nantwich and Rugeley, is one who has shared his festive feelings
Above: Philip Nield, co-owner of Reflections in Nantwich and Rugeley, is one who has shared his festive feelings

The heading of Cardsharp’s column – The Generation Game – brings back memories of the Bruce Forsyth-fronted game show, but PG’s columnist looks at the present and future as to how the greeting card industry will have to deal with the UK’s changing demographics. To read more, click here.

Above: As Bruce sang “Life is the name of the game, and I wanna play the game with you.”
Above: As Bruce sang “Life is the name of the game, and I wanna play the game with you.”

The Henries awards event was a glorious rockin’ ’n’ rollin’ big night when challenges were put out of mind while 500 members of the greeting card community celebrated publishing successes and being together. To relive the 1950s-themed big night, you can immerse yourself in the photographic smorgasbord by clicking here.

Above: Five Dollar Shake’s Beth Genower with Brainbox boys Ben Hickman and Mark Williams, aka The Pink Ladies
Above: Five Dollar Shake’s Beth Genower with Brainbox boys Ben Hickman and Mark Williams, aka The Pink Ladies

The awards ceremony saw publishers of all shapes and sizes presented with shiny trophies to reward their publishing excellence, while the fitting finale was the presentation of the Honorary Achievement Award to Alan Harnik, founder and president of Notes & Queries, for his 42 years of supporting and championing UK publishers in the USA. To see all the winners click here.

Above: Alan Harnik gave an impromptu speech thanking UK publishers
Above: Alan Harnik gave an impromptu speech thanking UK publishers

And publishers’ creativity continues with aplomb as the Innovations pages testify – click here to feast your eyes on publishers’ new delights.

Above: A new design from Poet And Painter
Above: A new design from Poet And Painter

Meanwhile, the ever-popular What’s Hot? section reveals what ranges have been hitting the top spot for a quad of retailers. Click here to see what is topping it for these four indies.

Want that warm and fuzzy feeling? Well, you’re in luck as the Paws For Thought article not only covers developments in the perennially-popular pet and animal card genre, but also shares some super-cute snaps of publishers with their pets. Click here to see it all.

Above: Canine nous from The Comedy Card Company
Above: Canine nous from The Comedy Card Company

And, ending on a creative high, Art Source this month tells the tale of Claire Wilson who, as a young girl, created her own production line of handmade greeting cards, something that’s stood her in good stead in the ensuing years. Click here to read more about Claire.

Above: Claire Wilson in her studio
Above: Claire Wilson in her studio

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 November 2022 edition online you can click here.

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