The Big Build-up To PG Live 2019 Opening, Now Only Hours Away

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.

Above: The final touches are being put to PG Live which opens its doors tomorrow.
Above: The final touches are being put to PG Live which opens its doors tomorrow.

“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.

Above: Some of the tickets that will be produced at the PG Live show.
Above: Some of the tickets that will be produced at the PG Live show.
Above: (right) Kim Lewis, buyer of Longacres spending her Sunshine Ticket with Rosie Harrison of Rosie Made A Thing at last year’s PG Live.
Above: (right) Kim Lewis, buyer of Longacres spending her Sunshine Ticket with Rosie Harrison of Rosie Made A Thing at last year’s PG Live.

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.

Above: The beautiful Race Horse canvas that Deckled Edge is giving away to one lucky retailer.
Above: The beautiful Race Horse canvas that Deckled Edge is giving away to one lucky retailer.

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.

Above: Charlotte Reed, creator of May The Thoughts Be With You will be at PG Live tomorrow.
Above: Charlotte Reed, creator of May The Thoughts Be With You will be at PG Live tomorrow.

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…

Above: (left-right) Poet & Painter’s Lucy Creed and Bryn Dineen with Sophie Bylina (Mint) and Debbie Williams (Museums & Galleries) fully armed with the tools of the trade.
Above: (left-right) Poet & Painter’s Lucy Creed and Bryn Dineen with Sophie Bylina (Mint) and Debbie Williams (Museums & Galleries) fully armed with the tools of the trade.
Above: Noel Tatt’s Michael Griffiths was floored by the prep while Lee Hartley was on a roll.
Above: Noel Tatt’s Michael Griffiths was floored by the prep while Lee Hartley was on a roll.
Above: (left-right) Toasted Crumpet’s Sue Archer, Jo Clarke and Mhari Faraday.
Above: (left-right) Toasted Crumpet’s Sue Archer, Jo Clarke and Mhari Faraday.
Above: Whitty Goose’s (left-right) Jack Caleb, Susan Whittaker, Darbi Gurden and Caleb Gurden.
Above: Whitty Goose’s (left-right) Jack Gurden, Susan Whittaker, Darbi Gurden and Caleb Gurden.
Above: Stephanie Dyment takes the weight off her feet while husband Ashley Leatherland steps up to the mark.
Above: Stephanie Dyment takes the weight off her feet while husband Ashley Leatherland steps up to the mark.
Above: Archivist’s William Allardice has his finger on the pulse.
Above: Archivist’s William Allardice has his finger on the pulse.
Above: Dayo Cards’ Dayo Williams and her son Tiwe arrive ready to set up.
Above: Dayo Cards’ Dayo Williams and her son Tiwe arrive ready to set up.
Above: Rocket 68’s Jill and Gary White rocking and (paint) rolling.
Above: Rocket 68’s Jill and Gary White rocking and (paint) rolling.
Above: Mum’s the word for Louise Mulgrew (right) as Sally steps up to the challenge of decorating the stand.
Above: Mum’s the word for Louise Mulgrew (right) as Sally steps up to the challenge of decorating the stand.
Above: Dominic and Heidi Early were ‘Earlybirds’ at the BDC.
Above: Dominic and Heidi Early were ‘Earlybirds’ at the BDC.

 

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