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  • PG Live 2018 - Essential Info

    PG Live 2018 - Essential InfoBlue Eyed Sun will soon be exhibiting at the PG Live 2018 trade show . Officially launching at PG Live 2018 are our beautiful new Christmas cards 2018. See our best selling BambooCup range and pre-order our latest everyday cards. Be sure to stop by and see us.

    Quote Voucher code PGL18 when ordering during the show (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE.

    About PG Live 2018

    The International Greeting Card Show is a highlight on card buyers' calendars as the UK's only trade exhibition dedicated to the greeting card industry. It runs for two days from Tuesday 5th June to Wednesday 6th June from 09:30 - 18:00 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

    To register for PG Live please click here.

    Where to Stay at PG Live 2018

    The closest hotels to the show are the HiltonPremier Inn and Double Tree by Hilton a short walk away with prices from £75-£150. However as the show opens next week they seem to be fully booked now. You can search AirBnB for apartments and rooms nearby.

    Where to Eat at PG Live 2018

    Islington has many wonderful restaurants and cafes. We've sampled lots of them over the years and have short listed some of our favourites for you to try below:

    5 Great Restaurants near the Business Design Centre

    How to get to PG Live 2018

    The Business Design Centre is easily accessible from Angel Tube station on the Northern Line and is close to Kings Cross and Euston rail stations. The Business Design Centre's post code is N1 0QH. It's outside the Congestion Charge Zone  and there are 250 car spaces on site with a daily cost of £3.10 per hour.

    You can plan your journey with the TFL journey planner or you might like to download the mobile app CityMapper which we love using for journey planning in London.

    For more information on travel for the show click here.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

  • PG Live 2017 - Essential Information

    PG Live 2017 - Essential InfoBlue Eyed Sun will soon be exhibiting at the PG Live 2017 trade show . Officially launching at PG Live 2017 are our beautiful new Christmas cards 2017 along with our gorgeous new everyday ranges Charming and Jangles, so be sure to stop by and see us.

    Quote Voucher code PGL17 when ordering during the show (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE.

    About PG Live 2017

    The International Greeting Card Show is a highlight on card buyers' calendars as the UK's only trade exhibition dedicated to the greeting card industry. It runs for two days from Tuesday 6th June to Wednesday 7th June from 09:30 - 18:00 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

    To register for PG Live please click here.

    Where to Stay at PG Live 2017

    The closest hotels to the show are the HiltonPremier Inn and Double Tree by Hilton a short walk away with prices from £75-£150. However as the show opens next week they seem to be fully booked now. You can search AirBnB for apartments and rooms nearby.

    Where to Eat at PG Live 2017

    Islington has many wonderful restaurants and cafes. We've sampled lots of them over the years and have short listed some of our favourites for you to try below:

    5 Great Restaurants near the Business Design Centre

    How to get to PG Live 2017

    The Business Design Centre is easily accessible from Angel Tube station on the Northern Line and is close to Kings Cross and Euston rail stations. The Business Design Centre's post code is N1 0QH. It's outside the Congestion Charge Zone  and there are 250 car spaces on site with a daily cost of £3.10 per hour.

    You can plan your journey with the TFL journey planner or you might like to download the mobile app CityMapper which we love using for journey planning in London.

    For more information on travel for the show click here.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    PGLive 2017 - Floor Plan

  • 7 Great Reasons to visit Progressive Greetings Live

    7 Reasons To Visit PG Live

    Progressive Greetings Live opens it's doors on Tuesday 10th May at 09:30am and runs until 4:30pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016 at the Business Design Centre in London. This International Greeting Card Show is the only card specialist show of its kind in the UK for retailers, distributors and trade buyers looking to stock the finest greeting cards in the world.

    Here are seven great reasons why you should visit PG Live:

    1. Admission is Free!

    As long as you pre-register for Progressive Greeetings Live, admission is free to retailers, distributors, wholesalers, retail sales agents, licensors and all of those wishing to buy products or license designs from exhibitors attending.

    Click here to pre-register for PG Live

    2. It's Easy to Find

    Located 10 minutes away from Kings Cross St. Pancras International and a short walk from Angel tube station in North London, PG Live is easy to get to. It's located in the Business Design Centre, a beautiful hundred year old glass building that's flooded with natural light and the perfect venue for viewing greeting card designs.

    Click here to find out more about the Business Design Centre

    3. The Food

    Your delicious lunch at Progressive Greetings Live is on us. Yes. It's FREE! Plus, there is a wonderful selection of restaurants to enjoy in Islington after the show. Treat yourself after a lovely day of buying at the show.

    Discover 5 Good Restaurants near the Business Design Centre

    4. It's Quick and Easy

    You can walk this show in an few hours and get a full appreciation of what's new from your favourite publishers as well as sourcing new talent. It's only on for two days so no long trekking around halls trying to find great products.

    Read Testimonials from other Retailers

    5. Be the First to see What's New

    The show has loads of new products being launched with over a million greeting card designs to choose from over 200 exhibitors.

    Click here to see what's new from Blue Eyed Sun at the show

    6. Special Offers

    Everybody loves a deal. It's one of the great reasons for any retailer to visit trade shows. PG Live is full of great deals, give aways and special offers. Many offer free carriage on all orders at the show, so it's a great opportunity to do small top up orders without having to worry about the added cost of post and packaging.

    Blue Eyed Sun offer FREE CARRIAGE on all orders during the show including online orders using coupon code: PGL16

    7. Source New Talent

    Lots of lovely new publishers that I have helped through the Ladder Club over the last ten years are exhibiting or launching at PG Live in the Springboard section. There are some real gems in there, so be sure to check it out.

    Click here to find out more about the Ladder Club

    If you are still not sure, click here to watch a short video of Progressive Greetings Live. The show has a wonderful buzz about it and is attended by many of the UK's leading retailers. If you've never been, perhaps it's time to check it out?

    Do remember to come and say hi if you visit.

    Blue Eyed Sun are on Stand 524 at Progressive Greetings Live

    Click here to visit the Progressive Greetings Live website

    Click here to order Blue Eyed Sun cards online

    PG Live

  • 6 Reasons Retailers should visit PG Live

    6 Reasons To Visit PG Live

    PG Live opens it's doors on Tuesday 13th May at 09:30am and runs until 4:30pm on Wednesday 14th May at the Business Design Centre in London. PG Live is The International Greeting Card Show and is the only card specialist show of its kind in the UK for retailers, distributors and trade buyers looking to stock the finest greeting cards in the world.

    Here are six great reasons why you should visit PG Live:

    1. Admission is Free!

    As long as you pre-register for PG Live, admission is free to retailers, distributors, wholesalers, retail sales agents, licensors and all of those wishing to buy products or license designs from exhibitors attending.

    Click here to pre-register for PG Live

    2. It's Easy to Find

    Located 10 minutes away from Kings Cross St. Pancas International and a short walk from Angel tube station in North London, PG Live is easy to get to. It's located in the Business Design Centre, a beautiful hundred year old glass building that's flooded with natural light and the perfect venue for viewing greeting card designs.

    Click here to find out more about the Business Design Centre

    3. Lunch is Free

    They always put on a lovely lunch at PG Live and for retailers it's free! There's two courses to enjoy. Plus, if you are staying overnight there is a wonderful selection of restaurants to visit in Islington.

    Discover 5 Good Restaurants near the Business Design Centre

    4. See what's New

    The show is full of new product being launched at the show. Vanessa Fortnam from PG Live estimates that there are a million greeting card designs to choose from at the show from over 200 exhibitors.

    Click here to see what's new from Blue Eyed Sun at the show

    5. Special Offers

    Everybody likes a deal. It's one of the great reasons for any retailer to visit trade shows. PG Live is full of great deals, give aways and special offers. Many offer free carriage on all orders at the show, so it's a great opportunity to do small top up orders without having to worry about the added cost of post and packaging.

    6. Source New Talent

    Lots of lovely new publishers that I have helped through the Ladder Club over the last ten years are exhibiting or launching at PG Live in the Springboard section. There are some real gems in there, so be sure to check it out.

    Click here to find out more about the Ladder Club

    If you are still not sure, click here to watch a short video of PG Live. The show has a wonderful buzz about it and is attended by many of the UK's leading retailers. If you've never been, perhaps it's time to check it out?

    Do remember to come and say hi if you visit.

    Blue Eyed Sun are on Stand 524 at PG Live.

    Click here to visit the PG Live website

    Click here to order Blue Eyed Sun cards online

     

  • 5 Good Restaurants near the Business Design Centre in London

     

    5 Good Restaurants near the Business Design Centre

    I have spent many years exhibiting at trade shows in London and have tried all sorts of restaurants near the Business Design Centre in Islington during that time. The list that follows is not exhaustive, as London has a huge selection of great restaurants. These are some of my own favourite restaurants close to the Business Design Centre. I am not a food critic, just a regular business visitor to the BDC. I enjoyed eating at all of them though and hope you do too.

    The Gate Restaurant near the Business Design Centre

    1. The Gate on St. John Street

    This place is a must for vegetarians and vegans looking for a good vegetarian restaurant near the Business Design Centre. It's the award winning younger sibling of the original The Gate in Hammersmith. The menu is delicious and the service is excellent. There's a good selection of options and the decor is inviting and warm. It's very popular though, so it's worth booking in advance.

    Book a table at the Gate by clicking here

    Bills Restaurant near the BDC in Islington

    2. Bills Restaurant on White Lion Street

    I've been a fan the original Bills in Lewes

    for many years, so it was a pleasure to find an outlet of this expanding restaurant chain a short walk from the Business Design Centre in Islington. It's the perfect place to stop for breakfast on the way in. I highly recommend their porridge with bananas, hazelnuts and honey. They also do a seriously delicious eggs benedict and eggs florentine. For lunch and dinner they offer a good range of tasty food for a variety of diets, including vegeterians.

    Find out more about Bills in Islington by clicking here

    Thai Square Restaurant near the Business Design Centre

    3. Thai Square opposite the Business Design Centre

    This award winning thai restaurant is popular with Business Design Centre visitors as it's right across the road on Upper Street. It has a vibrant atmosphere and extra rooms to cater for larger groups. Service is fast and friendly and the food tastes good. It's reasonably priced and a nice option if you like Thai food or have a larger group with you. Book ahead as it can get busy.

    Click here to visit Thai Square's website

    The Elk In The Woods Gastro Pub near the Business Design Centre

    4. The Elk in the Woods

    This gastro pub is tucked down a little alleyway called Camden Passage off Charlton Place (the side street opposite the Business Design Centre). It serves a great veggie breakfast in the morning and cocktails in the evenings. There are a good range of menu options and it's a great secret local haunt if you like places off the beaten track. Plus it's still very near the Business Design Centre.

    Click here for more information about The Elk in the Woods

    Byron Burger Restaurant near the Business Design Centre

    5. Byron Burgers opposite the Business Design Centre

    This restaurant is on my list because it's a fun place to go and is right across the road from the Business Design Centre. It's easy to miss because of the shabby appearance of the building, but the food is great and very affordable. They even have a delicious Portobello mushroom burger for vegetarians. It can get busy, but I found their service to be pretty quick and they have spare space upstairs. The burgers are made from freshly ground Scottish beef and said to be excellent.

    Click here to find out more about Byron Burgers online

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    See when Blue Eyed Sun are next exhibiting at the Business Design Centre

    Can't make the trade show?

    Click here to request access all of our designs online

  • Visit Progressive Greetings Live to see our latest designs

    PG Live 2013

    This month we are exhibiting at the Progressive Greetings Live trade show (aka The London International Card Show), where you can see the official launch of our beautiful new Christmas cards for 2013. You can also order the latest additions to our best selling Vintage card range. We have a fantastic selection available at the show, so do come and see us on stand 524.

    About Progressive Greetings Live

    This annual trade show dedicated to greeting cards runs for two days only from Tuesday 14th May to Wednesday 15th May from 09:30 - 18:00 at the wonderful Business Design Centre, Islington, London. It brings together an inspirational showcase of 250 British greetings card publishers including all of the leading brands and many 'waiting to be discovered' names in the Springboard section. This years show includes two new sections focussing on artists and licensing. To register for Progressive Greetings Live 2013 please click here.

    Where to Stay at Progressive Greetings Live

    The closest hotels to the Business Design Centre are the Hilton, a newly built Premier Inn and Jury's Inn a short walk away with prices starting from £100-£150 per night. However as the show opens soon they may be fully booked now. There are availability in plenty of hotels within a mile or two of the show though and to find them you can use PG Live's Hotel Map Tool by clicking here.

    How to get to Progressive Greetings Live

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent transport links. The Business Design Centre post code is N1 0QH. If you use a sat nav note that the entrance is on Upper Street and NOT Liverpool Road. There are 200 parking spaces on site, but we would recommend using public transport if possible. The Business Design Centre is a short walk from Angel tube station on the Northern line which is only a few minutes from Kings Cross and Euston mainline train stations. Click here to use Transport for London's Journey Planner.

    When you get to Progressive Greetings Live do remember to come and say hi to us on Stand 524.

    Click here to watch our video snapshot of last year's Progressive Greetings Live.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

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  • PG Live 2012 Video Snapshot

    Last week we exhibited at Progressive Greetings Live 2012 trade show (aka PG LIve and The London International Card Show) held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. A definitive highlight on the greetings card calendar, we had a small stand to preview our latest designs and to keep in touch with what's going on in the international greeting card business.

    This year we took lots of orders for our new Vintage Christmas Range (launched at the show) and saw fantastic reactions to the sneak previews of our new Everyday and Spring 2013 ranges launching at Home & Gift in Harrogate in July (Hall H - Stand H90).

    Organised by the publishers of Progressive Greetings Magazine, PG Live attracts the cream of the British greeting cards industry and lots of exciting new talent in the Springboard section, as well as the best suppliers, licensors, sales agents and international distributors in the greeting card world. I shot some quick footage around the hall and chopped it together for you to get a feel for the show. It's less than a minute long so don't blink ;) Enjoy!

    Click the play button on the video above to watch PG Live. Please feel free to share this using the social media icons above.

  • Blue Eyed Sun at Progressive Greetings Live 2012 - Stand 524

    Progressive Greetings Live 2012

    Next week we are exhibiting at Progressive Greetings Live (aka The London International Card Show). Officially launching at this lovely trade show are our new Christmas 2012 ranges: Snowflakes and Vintage. We also have an exciting a sneak preview of a beautiful new range called Blossom. All greetings cards on our stand are new for 2012 so be sure to stop by and see us.

    About PG Live

    This annual trade show dedicated to greeting cards runs for two days only from Tuesday 29th May to Wednesday 30th May from 09:30 - 18:00 at the wonderful Business Design Centre, Islington, London. It brings together an inspirational showcase of 250 British greetings card publishers including all of the leading brands and many 'waiting to be discovered' names in the Springboard section. This years show includes two new sections focussing on artists and licensing. To register for PG Live 2012 please click here.

    Where to Stay at PG Live

    The closest hotels to the Business Design Centre are the Hilton, a newly built Premier Inn and Jury's Inn a short walk away with prices starting from £100-£150. However as the show opens next week they seem to be fully booked now. There is availability in plenty of hotels within a mile or two of the show though and to find them you can use PG Live's Hotel Map Tool by clicking here.

    How to get to PG Live

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent transport links. The Business Design Centre post code is N1 0QH. If you use a sat nav note that the entrance is on Upper Street and NOT Liverpool Road. There are 200 parking spaces on site, but we would recommend using public transport if possible. The Business Design Centre is a short walk from Angel tube station on the Northern line which is only a few minutes from Kings Cross and Euston mainline train stations. Click here to use Transport for London's Journey Planner.

    When you get to PG Live do remember to come and say hi to us on Stand 524.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    View Larger Map

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