Progressive Greetings October issue out now

The latest physical and digital editions are ready to read

 

While Progressive Greetings’ October hard-copy edition landed a few days ago, the digital version is now available to read online too!

As ever, the news pages are brimming with industry happenings from the retail, publishing and trade supplier fronts.

It was a stonking Thinking Of You Week this year with more trade and consumer engagement than ever before as the GCA galvanised forces for this special event.

The Imaging Centre’s inaugural InPress event was also pretty special as a clutch of publishers witnessed their designs being brought to life – since then another InPress seminar has taken place with a third planned for December 15. To read about this and much more click here.

Above: Stoke Newington indie Earlybird went to town with its Thinking Of You Week window
Above: Stoke Newington indie Earlybird went to town with its Thinking Of You Week window

As a former school teacher himself, retailer David Robertson, of JP Pozzi, knows first hand about the historic three Rs – Reading, ’Riting and ’Rithmetic – approach, but he’s come up with his own version that he feels is more appropriate for today’s business learnings, with Relax, Recharge and Re-imagine. Click here to read what David has to say.

Above: As David says, running a shop is difficult and, like the soldiers carrying our Late Monarch’s coffin in the funeral procession, there’s little room for error
Above: As David says, running a shop is difficult and, like the soldiers carrying our Late Monarch’s coffin in the funeral procession, there’s little room for error

There are more retailer insights from four leading indies, who share what products are selling well for them in the popular What’s Hot? section. Click here to see what’s scoring highly for this quad of retailers.

Having re-read Dominic Seabrook’s account of the UK 50 years ago – State Of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain 1970-1974 – Cardsharp was fascinated by the similarities with what is happening today. Click here to read more.

Above: Dominic Seabrook’s tome covering Britain in 1970-1974 echoes the current situation
Above: Dominic Seabrook’s tome covering Britain in 1970-1974 echoes the current situation

“Steal from the rich to give to the poor” was the ethos of Robin Hood, Nottingham’s legendary hero. Certainly, all 180-plus members of the greeting card community who attended the recent GCA Conference & AGM, held at Nottingham Trent University, went home a lot richer in inspiration and insights, and fuelled by a super-charged spirit of camaraderie.

The Viewpoints section covers just some of the riches of the event, including the consumer research findings from Kantar on how consumers’ card-buying habits are tracking to business insights from Sir John Peace, chancellor of Nottingham Trent University and a superstar of the business world, having been chairman of Burberry, ceo of GUS, co-founder of Experian, and chairman of Standard Charter. Click here to find out more of what was said.

Above: Sir John Peace (centre front) with some of the GCA members based in and around Nottingham, including The Art File, Rosie Made A Thing, Ohh Deer, Laura Darrington, Molly Mae, The Sherwood Group, Bug Art, Dandelion Stationery and Stationery Supplies
Above: Sir John Peace (centre front) with some of the GCA members based in and around Nottingham, including The Art File, Rosie Made A Thing, Ohh Deer, Laura Darrington, Molly Mae, The Sherwood Group, Bug Art, Dandelion Stationery and Stationery Supplies

People, product, partnership, planet and performance are the Five Ps which anchor the business beliefs of Tom Rolt, who recently joined Hallmark Cards UK as its group managing director for the UK, Ireland and Australia. To read his initial impressions of the industry as well as his approach, click here.

Above: Having earned plaudits in the health and beauty sector for the last 18 years, Tom Rolt is now all set to add his gloss to Hallmark
Above: Having earned plaudits in the health and beauty sector for the last 18 years, Tom Rolt is now all set to add his gloss to Hallmark

The UK is at a sustainability crossroads right now, with only one viable option to take. Rob Hutchins, editor and community manager of sustainable membership organisation Products Of Change, sets the scene in PG’s Sustainability Focus following which publishers share some of the eco developments from their respective businesses. Click here to be brought up to speed.

Above: Hannah Marchant collects paper from schools and offices and then pulps it with seeds of wildflowers, carrots, herb and veg seeds
Above: Hannah Marchant collects paper from schools and offices and then pulps it with seeds of wildflowers, carrots, herb and veg seeds

There’s been something of a brown bear invasion in Dorset – 30,000 of them have been spotted arriving in Wimborne and they’re now roaming the UK’s High Streets. PG hot-footed it to IC&G’s headquarters to find out more about the soft launch of its Barley Bear plush. Click here to find out more about this significant release.

Above: IC&G’s co-owners Simon and Ian Wagstaff with the life-size Barley Bear costume character
Above: IC&G’s co-owners Simon and Ian Wagstaff with the life-size Barley Bear costume character

Back in the day Tom Tom Club’s hit Wordy Rappinghood asked “What are words worth?” – then proceeded to show how much the band valued “words of nuance, words of skill, words of romance are a thrill; words are stupid, words are fun; words can put you on the run”. In its annual Focus On Words & Sentiments Cards, PG looks at how much words and sentiment are still worth in the 21st century. Click here to read the words and feel the sentiment.

Above: A new design from Cardigan Cards
Above: A new design from Cardigan Cards

ilers looking to pep up their product selection can be inspired by have a peek at the Innovations section. Click here to see what’s new.

Above: Two of the new Love Hearts gift items from Posh Paws
Above: Two of the new Love Hearts gift items from Posh Paws

And, ending on a creative high, Art Source this month tells the tale of Lizzie Preston, how she always knew she wanted to follow her dream of becoming a freelance designer and in late 2014 took the leap and hasn’t looked back since. Click here to read about Lizzie.

Above: One of Lizzie Preston’s designs
Above: One of Lizzie Preston’s designs

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 October 2022 edition online you can click here.

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