Gifts Today magazine

Just six weeks to go before doors open for PG Live

With six weeks to go before the international greeting card industry is let loose on the largest ever collection of card publishers, preparations for PG Live 2015 are now in full swing, with new launches, anniversary celebrations and special offers.

More than 220 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest collections, ranging from major publishers and leading brands, to boutique names and new designers – many of whom are exclusive to PG Live, making this the only chance to see the newest lines from Hallmark, UK Greetings, Carte Blanche, Paperlink and Gemma, among others.

“The support that has been shown to PG Live is fantastic,” said Simon Boyd, the joint show director. “We have all the major publishers exhibiting, and many of them have some incredibly exciting plans in store for the show, with major launches, private viewing rooms and even a few celebrity visits.”

This year's show will be playing host to a number of key industry anniversaries and celebrations, starting with contemporary and humorous greeting card company Paperlink, which is celebrating the past thirty of innovation. To celebrate this remarkable achievement, Paperlink is sponsoring PG Live’s lanyards, the tea trollies and the post-show after party on the 2 June.

Belly Button Designs will be coming of age, as it turns 21 in 2015, and the contemporary card company is celebrating by launching a new and exclusive collection at PG Live.

Paper Salad will also be celebrating an important anniversary, marking its first ten years of design. As a special thank you to everyone in the industry, the funky greeting card company will also be making the most of its fabulous design skills to create the décor for the lunchroom where the free lunch will be served.

In fact, everyone visiting and exhibiting at PG Live will receive free refreshments throughout the show (the famous tea trolleys will be out in force again!), a delicious complimentary two-course lunch, a colourful keepsake show catalogue, full use of the Henry Cole Buyers’ Lounge (with free WiFi, thanks to Skylight Media) and even a fabulous free post-show drinks party on the first night.

“It is always a real honour to be able to bring so many card suppliers and buyers together, but the real joy comes from seeing the industry working together to do business, network and exchange ideas,” said Simon. “The 2015 show is going to include all the special touches we have added in the past – but it wouldn't be PG Live without a few surprises in store as well.”

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