Retailers’ and overseas distributors’ excitement builds for PG Live 2022

Registrations soar for the UK’s only specialist greeting card trade show

 

With less than a month to go until PG Live 2022 – on Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 June – there has been a flurry of leading multiples, independent greeting card retail stockists and overseas distributors registering to attend the show.

Buyers from John Lewis, Tesco, Card Factory, Cardzone, Scribbler, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Waterstones, and Oliver Bonas are among the many leading multiple retailers to have registered to attend the show, joining a veritable who’s who of the best independent card and gift retailers who are planning to attend the show.

And with travel restrictions having eased, overseas distributors from all over the globe – including Australia, United States, Holland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, and Switzerland among many others – have their passports at the ready.

Above: Our lovely model – PG/PG Live’s Warren Lomax showing both sides of the PG Live 2022 keepsake tote bag
Above: Our lovely model – PG/PG Live’s Warren Lomax showing both sides of the PG Live 2022 keepsake tote bag

Coming right after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration weekend, PG Live 2022 takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 June, in Islington’s beautiful Business Design Centre, in the heart of London.

To make sure you are part of it, register here to attend the UK’s biggest and only specialist greeting card trade show.

The PG Live team are busy ensuring all the last-minute show preparations are in the bag which includes, of course, includes ensuring this year’s keepsake tote bag is all in hand thanks to those creative folks at Paper Salad and Emotional Rescue doing the honours with the design for this year’s limited edition show memento.

Known for its bright neon designs Paper Salad has gone to town with a fabulous seascape design while Emo, not surprisingly, has gone down the humour route with an On The Ceiling design which champions the PG Live free lunch.

And talking of the latter, the PG Live team took time out a few days ago to undertake the important work of menu tasting with members of the Ankorstore team as the lunchroom and opening night party is this year kindly sponsored by the online B2B marketplace.

Jakki Brown, PG’s editor and managing director of show organisers Max Publishing, said: “The tasting menu went down a treat. The Good Eating Company’s executive chef Michael Jelley did us proud, but you’ll all have to wait until the lunch bell rings at the show to find out what tasty treats are in store for you.”

Above: Taste test – members of the PG Live and Ankorstore teams hard at work at the menu tasting at the BDC
Above: Taste test – members of the PG Live and Ankorstore teams hard at work at the menu tasting at the BDC

The rollcall of exhibitors for PG Live 2022 includes loads of great names, such as Abacus, The Art File, Belly Button Designs, Cardology, Caroline Gardner, Danilo, Dean Morris Cards, Deva Designs, Emotional Rescue, Five Dollar Shake, Hammond Gower, Ling Design, Museums & Galleries, Ohh Deer, Paperlink, Paper Salad, Pigment, Tache Crafts, Redback Cards, Rosanna Rossi, UK Greetings, Wendy Jones-Blackett, and Woodmansterne.

And remember there will be a very special postbag for Her Majesty The Queen, full of good wishes from greeting card publishers and retailers from the Cards For The Queen initiative thanks to the initiative instigated by the GCA and PG Live.

Above: Grub’s up! – Ankorstore’s (front to back) Lucy Clarke, Chama Saddiqi and Rita Tavares with chef Michael Jelley behind the scenes in the Business Design Centre’s kitchens
Above: Grub’s up! – Ankorstore’s (front to back) Lucy Clarke, Chama Saddiqi and Rita Tavares with chef Michael Jelley behind the scenes in the Business Design Centre’s kitchens

GCA members are being encouraged to create and sign greeting cards to mark Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne, which will form a special Cards For The Queen feature display at the Progressive Greetings Live show.

In addition to these cards which will include publishers’ own celebratory messages, card companies are also being asked to donate extra cards that have either been made specifically for the occasion or are existing suitable designs, that will be made available at the show for visitors to select and write there and then, popping them into the Cards For The Queen postbox at PG Live.

All the written greeting cards will then be hand-delivered to Buckingham Palace by members of the GCA and PG Live teams.

Above: Cards for the Queen – the GCA is to hand deliver a collection of cards from the industry
Above: Cards for the Queen – the GCA is to hand deliver a collection of cards from the industry

All cards, those signed by publishers as well as blank versions, should be sent to the GCA, Cards For The Queen, United House, North Road, London N7 9DP to arrive no later than Monday, 30 May.

Alongside the host of fabulous publishers there are some wonderful gift, giftwrap and trade supplier names too, such as The Bright Agency, Creative Sparrow, Cotton & Grey, Fenner Paper, Funko, Globe Enterprise, The Imaging Centre, Jehane, Sherwood Group, and Wish Strings.

For anyone still thinking about taking a stand at the show, there are a very few remaining – what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Warren Lomax (07977 572086 or warren@max-publishing.co.uk) or Tracey Arnaud (traceya@max-publishing.co.uk or 07957 212062) to be part of the PG Live 2022 tribe!

Definitely one for any retailer who stocks greeting cards, it’s a great opportunity to see the product in the flesh and hold it in your hands, checking out the latest ranges from so many leading card publishers, as well as the creative delights from newbies and brand-new start-ups.

Register here now to receive your free Show Preview and to enjoy seeing the whole global greeting card community brought together.

Top: Almost time – just four weeks to go to PG Live 2022

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