Chris and Tracey Bryant, co-owners of Expressions in Swindon and The Cats Whiskers in Bishops Cleeve:
What products caught your eye at last month’s Progressive Greetings Live show?:
We were lucky enough to have a Retas Silver and Sunshine ticket to spend this year. Our Silver ticket was spent with Five Dollar Shake, taking the chance to top up from new designs available. Our Sunshine ticket was spent with Blue Eyed Sun, not on cards but on the eagerly awaited release of its new BambooCup reusable cups. We love the breadth of designs, coupled with the attractive display stand available.
We placed large orders with Dandelion Stationery – our customers love the sentiments conveyed, often with a touch of humour. We also loved the new children’s age range Jamboree from Paper Salad.
The new Kirra range from Rosanna Rossi was one of the standout products for Chris and Tracey.
Rosanna Rossi is always received well at The Cats Whiskers, so we look forward to adding its new Kirra range in the near future.
From Springboard we really liked the designs on offer from Jemma Banks Design. Jemma’s whimsical characters and use of a soft colour palette will sit comfortably at Cats Whiskers.”
What did you think of the show?: “This year was our sixth visit to PG Live since purchasing Expressions in Swindon. We always enjoy attending as we love the atmosphere, meeting friends from all sectors of our industry, suppliers, agents, fellow retailers giving us the chance to exchange views. Plus, let’s not forget the wonderful lunch, and freely available coffee and tea.
This year we felt the show had a real buzz, numbers attending seemed noticeably up on last year contributing to a very positive vibe throughout the show.”