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"What I loved about PG Live is that all the great card companies and suppliers are under one roof and everyone was feeling excited about the new range launches.”
Jenni Taylor, buyer of Bentalls, Kingston

“Obviously a lot of hard work goes into making PG Live the success that it clearly is. We find it a very well laid out show that is very easy to navigate, but what stands out is the buzz and friendliness of all those participating and attending. We had a wonderful time catching up with lots of our current suppliers seeing what is new and upcoming.”
Ed Cowap, director of The Hollies, Little Budworth

“Another very successful PG Live! As a visitor it was good to see that the tried and tested format of the show remains unchanged: familiar layout, easy and speedy to navigate, and plenty of refreshments for the footsore!”
Liz Killick, owner of Calladoodles, Carshalton

“What a great show. A great layout making it easy to get around. PG Live has really helped us to focus on our card line-up for the second half of the year.”
Kate Cowie, director of Utility Retail (Liverpool and London)

“We had a lovely time and placed a fair amount of orders (actually going over our budget). As usual the show was wonderfully organised, giving us the opportunity to catch up with friends and existing suppliers, as well as meeting with several new or potential designers for us to stock.”
Chris Beards, co-owner of Mantons Cards, Port Erin, Isle of Man

“I thought ‘Progressive’ was another great fair, and something I always look forward to. I actually had a sore throat by the end of the day – too much talking! I will try to plan in two days next year as I had to rush towards the end. The show is is perfectly timed for us for our 2018 re-plans. It is a great opportunity to catch up with existing publishers as well as check out new ones.’
Claire Castle, senior buyer of greeting cards for WHSmith

“As always, the hospitality was second to none and really appreciated - so nice to go to a trade show that puts the experience of the attendees right up there, which I am sure helps create the friendly atmosphere.
I came away feeling very positive about the coming year with a few 'newbies' in the portfolio to freshen things up...”
Ros Jones, owner of the Celtic Company, Welshpool

I just loved the atmosphere this year at PG Live. Everyone was so friendly, lunch was delicious and the free tea, coffee and water all day gives it those extra touches.  You really feel as though you belong there which is why I love going.”
Nicky Goodman, owner of Paddock Wood Cards, Paddock Wood

"PG Live continues to be the 'BIG' show of the year for the card trade. We had a great day… sore feet and head on Wednesday, but worth it!”
Mark and Leona Janson-Smith, Postmark, London

The general buzz was good, with a very positive vibe. People were keen to interact, discuss and describe their new product. I really like the building and layout, with lots of areas to reflect and hold meetings. It is definitely worth the journey each year.The front part of the show felt much better, partly due to the open design of the Carte Blanche stand. Plus the palpable camaraderie from Rosie Made a Thing, Something Sparkle and Bexy Boo also made that area very enjoyable.”
David Robertson, director of Pozzi and Bijou, Buckie and Elgin

“We had a memorable day on, meeting lots of new suppliers and artists. We were sad to leave at the end as we still had more to see and buy. We left loaded with bags filled to the brim with goodies and catalogues to keep us busy! Next year we will definitely come for both days. We had so much more to see, my request is to make it three days! The show has a relaxed, chilled vibe and everyone seems happy to be participating. It is a social show which reflects a lot of extra effort that has been put in for buyers to feel appreciated. Shows are generally hard work but the delicious free lunch and no long coffee queues helps us stay on track - so everyone’s a winner.”
Lesley Dunne, owner of Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh

“We found PG Live confirmed in our calendar as an essential place to visit.”
Trevor Gibbons, managing director of Mayther

“There was a real buzz about the show and so many fabulous new ranges from the card companies that caught my eye. I sped round placing orders both with existing suppliers and new ones and am looking forward to receiving the fresh new stock.”
Fiona Fabien, director of Papyrus, Edinburgh

“PG Live is definitely one of our favourite shows - it's a great location and although a decent size, you can see it all in a day. We especially loved the Springboard area, which was buzzing with creativity. The lunch offering was fantastic again - knowing you can roll along there when it suits and take a pit stop is a huge perk of the show. The quick buffet style means you can grab some tasty food and get back to your shopping list in record time!”
Janey and Will Apps, co-owners of Paper Turtle, Lewes

“This was our first trip to PG Live and we loved it as it’s cards, cards, cards. As we live, eat and sleep cards, the show celebrates everything we love.”
Fiona and Victoria Robinson, co-owners of Wishes Cockermouth

A great show that never disappoints! We started in Springboard as usual and discovered loads of great new, innovative products, but there were lots of fresh new ideas from the main body of the show too. We want our card offering to be ‘unique and different’ and found loads of incredibly fresh designs that fit this bill perfectly.”
Kirsty Hicks, card buyer of Waitrose

“This is a great show, with so many great well designed products.”
Carly Pearson, buyer for cards and wrap for Sainsbury’s

“PG Live is great as it is not overwhelming in size yet includes loads of surprises. I especially love the Springboard area as it gives me the opportunity to discover new artisan start-up businesses that have never shown anywhere before.”
Cathy Frost, owner of LoveOne, Ipswich

“I always love this show, it is really spirited. We have seen every single one of the 280 stands and are so impressed with the creativity out there.”
Lisa Rutherford, card buyer of John Lewis

“The addition of Springboard really sets PG Live apart. It is lovely to have such a condensed exhibition that means we can see everyone we already deal with as well as those who contact us that we don’t yet know, plus make new discoveries.”
Amie Scull, assistant buyer - stationery, giftwrap and seasonal events for John Lewis

“PG Live – I love it. It’s my favourite show for many reasons. I like the fact that I can see lots of smaller companies that do not yet have agents that are happy to do smaller carriage paid orders so I can try them out is great. I like the fact you can discover some great new ranges from newbies and established brands.”
Nik Gornall, owner of Romantica, Bristol

“As always, this is the best show of the year by far! If we only had to choose to go to one exhibition, PG Live would be it.”
Jerry and Debbie Brown, co-owners of First Class Greetings and Plum Green, Hadleigh

“I had a great day, met up with friends, shared a few drinks and went home exhausted but happy.”
Janet Stow, owner of Love Letters, Anlaby

“This year’s PG Live was full of exciting new product and it always presents the perfect opportunity to catch up with our suppliers.
Claire Fitzgerald, card buyer of Waterstones

“PG Live is always a must on our calendar of events, and yet again it was superb. The show brings together a wonderful collection of established publishers and the excitement of the new up and coming talent in the Springboard section. In addition to all the free refreshments during the day, the party in the evening of the first day is always a fab place to mingle and catch up with fellow retailers and publishers on a more social note. Will definitely be back again next year to keep up our tradition of not missing a single show since it started!”
Peter and Jelena Whiteman of Dzodzo, Woodbridge

“This was my first time at PG Live - wow it was excellent! I didn't allow myself enough time, but I will next year. I found so many new suppliers there. I started with Springboard and worked my way from the top down. I love meeting the start-up companies who are always so keen to impress! Having come from a greeting card background I really appreciate what it takes to design and produce cards and how difficult it is to come up with new and original ideas. I spoke to several suppliers and loved the enthusiasm for what they are doing. I loved the glass of bubbles at the Wall of Fame and felt really proud to have the Daisy Park name up on the roll of winners, it really has been a very special year for our 10th anniversary. As well as placing orders I came home with a pile of leaflets and samples to review and keep on file from many wonderful companies.”
Emma Paisey, owner of Daisy Park, South Molton

“I thought the show was excellent, really good atmosphere and lots of new product on show. I'll definately be back next year.”
Sarah Lishman, card buyer of Barkers Northallerton

"The Business Design Centre is the perfect location for PG Live. This show is vibrant, exciting and on trend, but still able to maintain its friendly and intimate atmosphere. Not only are the exhibitors plenty and of great quality, but there is clearly also a huge amount of attention and care going into the show from the organisers. The food was greatly appreciated and the massive balloons in the lunchroom added to the fun ambience. Thank you PG Live team for a really enjoyable day.”
Lindsey Kleinlurcher, product director of Between the Lines

"We loved the show, it's one of the nicest we go to as it's so friendly. We were looking for new publishers, especially in men's cards. Springboard was our first port of call and we placed three orders in the first hour!
Julianne Moore, owner, MiMi, Hartley Wintney

"We were specifically looking for quirky, individual companies and started on the ground floor and worked our way up. What I love most about PG Live is that it is compact, allowing us plenty of time with each exhibitor. There was no need to rush."
Evelyn O'Flaherty and Sandra OConnell, owners, Mooch, Ealing