pg live 2015

A Quick Guide to Why You Should Visit PG Live 2015.

Tomorrow sees the arrival of PG Live 2015. For the seventh year the team behind industry magazine Progressive Greetings will be hosting the best and brightest of the greetings card community in a unique, fun trade show at London’s Business Design Centre.

The only UK trade show dedicated to greetings cards, organisers will play host to over 260 exhibitors; publishers small and large, old and new. While greeting cards are the main focus visitors will also see a small selection of calendar, gift wrappings and gift suppliers added to this year’s mix.

Attracting visitors from all over the UK and overseas it’s a great place to catch up with the card community and see what new designs are on offer from the industry’s best publishers. For today’s post I wanted to share my top 8 reasons for visiting PG Live 2015.


1. Bigger and Better.

For its seventh year, PG Live 2015 is going to be bigger and better than ever before. The show is a sell-out, with over 260 exhibitors showcasing their latest designs. Alongside the industry’s big names (Hallmark, Woodmansterne etc.) there will also be new brands exhibiting for the first time.

Look out for Coulson Macleod (Stand 112) making their first appearance with their latest greeting card designs …

coulson macleod at pg live 2015


2. The Springboard Sector.

PG Live 2015 is a major supporter of new and emerging card talent. The Springboard section of the show is where you will find 80+ new designers. A favourite amongst the show’s visitors, Springboard is the place to be if you’re looking for something different. Look out for Rocket68 (Stand 708), who will be introducing their new children’s card collection Zoo Buddies.



& other Card & Gift Network favourites: ARTHOUSE Meath (Stand 539); Bonnie Blackbird (Stand 95); I Drew This (Stand 704) and Tache Crafts (Stand 87) can also be found in the Springboard sector.


3. The Artists’ Quarter.

Situated on the ground floor, the Artists’ Quarter is a special area, dedicated to a small group of artists, designers and agents. Each one will be showcasing their latest creations to publishers and licensees.

The sector sees a dozen exhibitors presenting portfolios stuffed with new and exciting designs ready to buy or licence. The Artists’ Quarter is the ideal place to check out the latest design trends as it always includes a wide variety of styles and influences.


4. DIAL (Designs, Imagery & Art Licensing).

Alongside the other special show sectors DIAL (Designs, Imagery & Art Licensing) focuses on the thousands of original designs, illustrations and creative properties available throughout Progressive Greetings Live, many of which are available to buy or license.

The DIAL section promises to offer a unique overview of this year’s show and the amazing designs to be found in the world of greeting cards.


5. Community Feel.

A unique trait of PG Live 2015 in comparison to other trade shows is its strong community feel. Organisers have taken great pains to include all of the industry and this is shown in a variety of outlets throughout the show.

In honour of their 10th birthday Davora  will be kicking off proceedings with a troop of Punjabi drummers opening the show. Paperlink will be marking their 30th anniversary throughout the show; sponsoring PG Live’s lanyards, free tea trollies and Tuesday’s post-show after-party. Paper Salad will also be celebrating a decade of design, adding their unique creative touch to the lunchroom’s décor. Last but note least, Danilo will be letting loose mischievous yellow Minions to entertain and delight visitors.

Mixing in contributions from publishers is sure to give PG Live 2015 a joyful community feel.


6. Showtime Offers.

Trade shows are always a great time for bargain hunters and PG Live 2015 is no exception. Publishers will be offering a host of giveaways and offers for retailers. Keep your eyes peeled for incentives throughout the show including these fab few announced by the PG Live team:

  • Abacus/Clare Maddicott will be rewarding anyone placing an order over £200 with Red Letter vouchers promising adventures, pampering and all manner of other treats.
  • Paper Rose/The Art Group are offering a free iPad (subject to spend).
  • Catherine Kleeli is offering retailers a complimentary unmounted Giclée print of their choice.
  • Deckled Edge is offering free gifts,
  • Wraptious will be handing out goodie bags.
  • Inspired Goodbyes is giving away packs of cards.
  • Paper Salad is also offering sale or return across all orders placed at the show.
  • Shirley Copperwhite is giving retailers a free, unmounted Giclée print of their choice over in the Artists’ Quarter.


7. Sit Down. Catch Up.

With so much to see and do across the two days, you’d be forgiven for thinking PG Live is non-stop but organisers have made sure there’s plenty of opportunities to take a break and catch up with industry friends.

The show offers a Springboard Lounge and The Henry Cole Club Lounge for all guests. Welcoming spots for those who need to take a break, meet colleagues or catch up with their emails via the free WiFi.


8. Food, Drink and Revelry.

PG Live distinguishes itself from other trade shows by really going the extra mile. Not one to stop at new products or fabulous suppliers visitors are also guaranteed a hot lunch. To keep your strength up while browsing all 260+ exhibitors visitors are offered a free two-course hot lunch and complimentary cups of tea and coffee from the show’s much-loved tea trollies. With over 15,000 cups of tea or coffee served across the two days of previous shows, it’s fair to see the trollies are very popular!

If free hot drinks and a free lunch are not enough visitors are also invited to an opening night, post-show free drinks party on Tuesday 2 June. A great way to mingle with other visitors and show exhibitors.


PG Live runs from 2-3 June at the Business Design Centre, Islington. The show will be open: 9.30am to 6.00pm on 2 June and 9.30am to 4.30pm on 3 June. For full information and to get your ticket please visit the PG Live website.