There is a lot at stake for this year’s PG Live exhibition, which opens its doors tomorrow (Tuesday 4 June) – not least £55,000 of free money, which has been sent out to retailers by the exhibition organisers to spend at the show.
“We absolutely love it when retailers gleefully produce their Golden, Silver and Sunshine Tickets that they have earned by being winners and finalists in The Retas, spending them against orders being placed at the show. It is a wonderful way of us rewarding both retailers coming to the show and exhibitors,” stated Simon Boyd, co-show director of PG Live. In addition to The Retas-related tickets (Golden Tickets are worth £150 each while the Silver and Sunshine ones are worth £75 each) also in circulation are £12,000 worth of £50 Greats Vouchers for retailers who were finalists and winners in The Greats gift retailer awards in the last two years.
Plus, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Cardgains buying group, each of its members (who collectively account for around 1,000 independent rooftops) have been sent a £30 voucher that can be spent against any order placed at the show with Cardgains’ suppliers who are exhibiting at PG Live.
In addition to the thousands and thousands of brand new card designs that will be launched at PG Live, there are a host of fabulous competitions, prize draws and extra incentives being offered by exhibitors.
Not least is the chance to win a beautifully framed canvas wall art to celebrate the new launch from Deckled Edge, which includes The Racehorse design created by Janna Cossetini, founder of the company. Any retailer placing an order with the publisher at PG Live (Stand 124) will be entered into draw with the winning ticket pulled at the end of the show by PG’s deputy editor Gale Astley.
One of Gale’s other talents, as a film maker, has premiered on Deckled Edge’s website and on YouTube in a short video she has created, commissioned by Janna about the publishing company.
Plus, of course there is the chance to meet some celebrities. Culinary superstar Prue Leith will be on Ling Designs’ stand tomorrow (Tuesday 4 June) late morning, while street artist Angry Dan will be on Woodmansterne’s stand from 11. Charlotte Reed, creator of May The Thoughts Be With You will be on the Half Moon Bay stand (Stand 234) tomorrow afternoon and there will be signed copies of her new book, My Path to Happy being offered as prizes. Danilo (Stand 513) will also be showcasing its May The Thoughts Be With You range of cards.
Behind The Scenes
While everything will look perfect on exhibitors stands tomorrow, here are some behind the scenes shots from yesterday as the show took shape…