Cardies look forward to Progressive Greetings Live

pgliveA quarter of the 200 greeting publishers exhibiting at this year’s Progressive Greetings Live, will not be exhibiting at any other UK trade show. For the likes of UKG/Collage, Carte Blanche Greetings, Gemma, Paperlink, Abacus, Wendy Jones-Blackett and International Cards & Gifts (ICG), PG Live will be their only UK trade show appearance this year, confirmed show organisers Max Exhibitions.


Progressive Greetings Live will run for its sixth year on Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 May at the Business Design Centre in North London.  Its unique concept of creating a level playing field dedicated to greeting publishers of all sizes has led to the trade show fast becoming a key date in the greeting card industry calendar.

“Progressive Greetings Live is the only show dedicated to the greeting card industry in the world, so we are delighted that so many publishers make it their number one choice,” commented joint show director, Simon Boyd.

“For us it’s a fusion of three things;  it’s the perfect time of year to launch our summer ranges – the timing is just ahead of the curve for weddings and anniversaries, it’s a great location – so easy to get to, and it’s a two day, high energy show – PG Live has real spirit, and that makes it fun to be at!” declared Steve Jones-Blackett, co-owner of Wendy Jones-Blackett.  The company will be unveiling a brand new card collection at the PG Live show this May.

Simon Wagstaff of ICG, which is already enjoying huge success with its Christmas 2014 range and will be adding new niche titles to its range at the show, added,  “We’ve been exhibiting at PG Live for the past three years now and find the show really refreshing.  We get the opportunity to show our all our new designs to existing customers and potential new customers in a sensible amount of time away from the office. Great show all round!”

PG Live attracts all types of retailers from across the UK and visitors from all over the world – representatives from over 40 countries visited last year’s show.

In addition, the show is seeing an increase in the number of companies who visit the show with an interest in sourcing original design.

“With the UK leading the world on greeting card design, we have seen an increased interest from manufacturers and licensees attending the show on the look out for interesting characters, designs or properties which may start out as greeting card designs but lend themselves for translation onto other products.  We encourage our exhibitors to identify themselves using our DIAL (Design, Illustration & Art Licensing) and ‘Licensing Friendly’ signs to highlight their interest in these areas to help our visitors find them,” Simon explained.

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