Progressive Greetings September issue out now

The latest physical and digital editions are both ready to read

 

It’s new pencil cases at the ready as the school holidays come to an end but, never fear, as Progressive Greetings’ September edition is hot off the press and the digital version is available to read online too!

The News section is brimming with action, with a call for more age-friendly birthday cards, some of the marathon efforts Postmark’s Mark Janson-Smith, and Rachel Ellen Designs’ Paul Roberts and Rachel Church are going to, plus the countdown to the imminent Autumn Fair and Top Drawer shows. To read all about it, click here.

Above: (left-right) Rachel Ellen’s Rachel Church and Paul Roberts, and Postmark’s Mark Janson-Smith are all in training for the London Marathon to raise money for charity
Above: (left-right) Rachel Ellen’s Rachel Church and Paul Roberts, and Postmark’s Mark Janson-Smith are all in training for the London Marathon to raise money for charity

It is not just the school bells that are a-calling as the Premiership kicking off sparked a train of thought for retailer David Robertson, of JP Pozzi.  Click here to read David’s thoughts.

Above: “Aaaand it’s live” is Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler’s catchphrase
Above: “Aaaand it’s live” is Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler’s catchphrase

Fellow PG columnist Cardsharp’s mind has been doing somersaults with what he describes as the “topsy turvy” activity in the greeting card retail scene of late. Click here to read more.

Above: Card Factory’s new look model store in Bury
Above: Card Factory’s new look model store in Bury

Staying on the retail frontline Adam Dury, chief commercial officer of Card Factory, not only shares insights into the recent developments of the UK’s largest greeting card retailer, but also reveals his own personal shopping life and loves. To read Judge And Dury, click here.

Indies too are out in force in this issue, with a quad of leading indies sharing the ranges that are top of the pops in their stores in this month’s What’s Hot? section. Click here to see their respective customers’ faves.

Above: Paperlink’s Fever Pitch range is one of the bestsellers in With Best Wishes, Petts Wood
Above: Paperlink’s Fever Pitch range is one of the bestsellers in With Best Wishes, Petts Wood

However, at the heart of this edition is the fanfare of the finalists in The Henries 2022 greeting card awards. This year The Henries involved a two-stage judging process, an online round being followed by the first Henries physical judging event since 2019.  To learn more about the judging process, click here.

Above: The judges at the physical judging of The Henries with members of the PG team
Above: The judges at the physical judging of The Henries with members of the PG team

The judges certainly had their work cut out this year, not least in voting for the Best Young Designer Or Artist category, with the submissions being a true celebration of the abundance of creative talent in the industry. To learn more about these top young creatives, click here.

And to see in their glory which of the shortlisted ranges have made it into the finals of all the product categories in these all important industry Oscars as well as the companies who have been excelling on the service front, click here.

In keeping with the upbeat 1950s theme of The Henries, members of the judging panel, share what they feel makes our industry rock and well as some things they would like to see roll away. To read all, click here.

Above: Tesco buyer Steph Burrows in judging mode
Above: Tesco buyer Steph Burrows in judging mode

With Autumn Fair closely followed by Top Drawer on the horizon, the Innovations section dishes up some of the tasty treats that will be on offer as well as some other freshly-published ranges. To read Innovations, click here

Above: Tomcat Cards is among the exhibitors at the imminent Autumn Fair
Above: Tomcat Cards is among the exhibitors at the imminent Autumn Fair

Hot on the heels of Top Drawer comes Brand Licensing Europe, at which all things licensing will come to life. PG catches up with some of the many publishers whose embrace of licensed IP from a myriad of sources has seen them earn a place in The Henries finals. To find out more about life on The Property Ladder, click here.

Above: Ohh Deer is gee-ed up about its Cath Kidston licence
Above: Ohh Deer is gee-ed up about its Cath Kidston licence

And ending on a creative high, Art Source this month tells the tale of artist and illustrator Pan Georgiou’s creative journey into the world of greeting cards and beyond. Click here to find out more.

Above: Pan Georgiou
Above: Pan Georgiou

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 September 2022 edition online you can click here.

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