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News Progressive Greetings 2015 – biggest ever

An ‘incredible portfolio of talent’ is promised at this year’s Progressive Greetings Live – the dedicated show that will bring more than 250 greetings exhibitors together in London on June 2-3 at the Business Design Centre. Major publishers and leading brands will join

boutique names and new designers to present a who’s who in the card publishing industry. Many will make the event their only trade appearance of the year. Progressive Greetings is put on by Max

Exhibitions and marketing manager, Jacqui Parr said: “We love being able to bring the whole industry together under one roof. It is always a real honour to see everyone working together as part of the wonderful world of greeting cards to do business, network and exchange ideas. We can’t wait. “The main attraction for PG Live is that it is a

dedicated greeting card show, allowing buyers to really focus on their greeting card buying. This is the seventh year and exhibitors are now using the show as a major launchpad for their most exciting new ranges and designs, as well as celebrating key industry anniversaries and celebrations.”

dance like your dad CharityCorner Challenge for the retail sector

Those working in retail are being encouraged to embark on a challenge of their choice organised by Global Adventure Challenges to raise money for a favourite charity. Held both in the UK and abroad,

Global Adventure Challenges have an extensive range of challenges – trekking, cycling, motorcycling, rafting and dog sledding – to cater for growing public demand for new and different experiences. Possible

challenges include a hiking adventure to

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and the 475km Costa Rica Coast to Coast Cycle starting with rear wheels dipped in the Pacific Ocean then crossing the stunning landscapes of Central America to finish with the front wheels dipped in the Caribbean sea. Managing director and company co-founder, Peter Robinson said: “We have been steadily growing the amount of type of challenge that we provide to enable as many different people as possible to participate as

6 Giftware Review & Home Interiors May / June 2015 This year’s show

will also include the Springboard and Springboard Extra sections which have grown dramatically. Many of the 130 new and emerging publishers will be launching their fresh talent at PG Live for the very first time as they make their exciting debut within the greeting card market. Everyone visiting

and exhibiting will receive free refreshments throughout the show ( the famous tea

trolleys will be out in force again), a 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 entrance to a fabulous free post-show drinks party on the first night. * To discover some of the exhibitors at this year’s

Progressive Greetings Live turn to our greetings section on Page 20.

Harrogate beckons

Time to think about the annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Home & Gift Harrogate, one of the very best places to mix business with pleasure. The ever popular show is set to

take place between July 19-22 and organisers say they have an impressive line-up of hundreds of exhibitors. Design-led and everyday gifts will be on show including interiors, jewellery and fashion as well as greetings and stationery. There will also be the Great

Northern Retail Summit to look forward to focusing on the new world of digital and also the re- birth of the Great British High Street offering invaluable business advice from renowned industry experts. The show is uniquely sociable

with numerous networking opportunities laid on by organisers and the benefits of the beautiful spa town to do business in. If you haven’t been before now is the time to plan your trip.

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demand for new and exciting events increases year on year. “Taking part in a challenge for

charity offers a fantastic way for like- minded people to dig deep and take on a real challenge with many choosing to support local charities from their own community. We would love for more people from the retail sector to get involved in 2016 and show us what they are made of.”

Beds and Borders Simon Maughan and Jane Courtier

Beds and Borders is a mix and match guide to beautiful planting that allows the reader to flip through and match up the colour guide to choose complementary plant mixes that work together across the seasons. The colour codes cover soil type, lighting preferences, flowering season and even types of wildlife.

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