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Card Sharp At The Retas Awards

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins themed Retas Awards, which took place yesterday, (7 July), saw the crème de la crème of greeting card retail stockists, from across the retail spectrum, crowned at a glittering event held at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane.

Scooping two awards was Home Counties-based greeting card and gift retailer House of Cards, which won the Best Greeting Card Small Multiple award, and also the final award of the ceremony, the prestigious Greeting Card Retailer of the Year award.

Above: House of Cards’ co-owners Nigel Williamson (centre left) and Miles Robinson (centre right) are shown receiving the Best Greeting Card Small Multiple Award from David Byk (right) ceo of category sponsor Ling Design. On the left is comedian and compere Sara Barron.
Above: House of Cards’ co-owners Nigel Williamson (centre left) and Miles Robinson (centre right) are shown receiving the Best Greeting Card Small Multiple Award from David Byk (right) ceo of category sponsor Ling Design. On the left is comedian and compere Sara Barron.

Other delighted greeting card and gift shop winners included Hugs & Kisses in Tettenhall, winner of the Best Independent Greeting Cards Retailer – North & Northern category; Mooch London, winner of the Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South; and Lark London, winner of the Best Non-Specialist Multiple of Greeting Cards category.

Above: Lark’s co-owners Priya Aurora-Crowe (centre right) and Dominic Crowe (centre left) received the Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards award from Rosie Tate, (right), director of category sponsor Cath Tate. 
Above: Lark’s co-owners Priya Aurora-Crowe (centre right) and Dominic Crowe (centre left) received the Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards award from Rosie Tate, (right), director of category sponsor Cath Tate.

Welcoming guests, Progressive Greetings’ co-owner Jakki Brown paid tribute to The Retas finalists and winners, saying: “Echoing today’s theme, we all know the song lyrics “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down” which is a very apt metaphor for us here today. With all the doom and gloom around, the cost-of-living crisis, ongoing war in Ukraine, political turmoil and supply chain disruption, we all need something sweet to take the edge of these modern day challenges.

“Greeting card retailers provide a welcome antidote to all this bad stuff with their bursting racks of colour and sentiment to lift the spirits of the nation’s greeting card shoppers.” 

The full list of Retas Awards 2022 Winners are…

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London

The Card Collection – East Molesey

Award sponsored by Ohh Deer

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties and South East

Dee’s Cards – Leighton Buzzard

Award sponsored by Hallmark Cards

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

The Card Centre – Felixstowe

Award sponsored by Abacus Cards

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Kingfisher Cards and Gifts – Sidmouth

Award sponsored by Nigel Quiney Publications/Glick

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales and the Midlands

Hugs & Kisses – Tettenhall

Award sponsored by Second Nature

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North and Northern Ireland

Bailey’s – Ainsdale, Crosby and Maghull

Award sponsored by UK Greetings

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Penny Black – two shops in Glasgow

Award sponsored by Belly Button Designs

 

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer

HBB Cards – Newport Pagnell

Award sponsored by Carte Blanche Greetings

 

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Blandfords – Broadway

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne

 

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Utility – Liverpool and Manchester

Award sponsored by Meraki

 

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

Mooch London – four shops in West London

Award sponsored by Pigment

 

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple

House of Cards – seven shops in the Home Counties

Award sponsored by Ling Design

 

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

John Lewis & Partners

Award sponsored by Spring Fair and Autumn Fair

 

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Tesco

Award sponsored by PG Live

 

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Card Factory

Award sponsored by Paperlink

 

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Lark London – 10 shops in London

Award sponsored by Cath Tate

 

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

BGC Wholesale

Award sponsored by Sensations/Express Yourself

 

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Independent

Yarnton Home & Garden – Yarnton

Award sponsored by Museums & Galleries

 

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple or Group

Dobbies Garden Centres

Award sponsored by W Select

 

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Stationery Supplies, Wilmslow and Marple – for its Giving Back Charity Programme,

Award sponsored by Danilo Promotions

 

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

House of Cards – seven shops in the Home Counties

Award sponsored by The Art File

 

Some 300 retailers, publishers and suppliers attended the event, which was hosted by comedian Sara Barron.

Now in their 17th year, The Retas, organised by Max Publishing, owners of Progressive Greetings magazine, are the only dedicated awards for greeting card retailers.

Visit www.theretasawards.co.uk

 

Top: The Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane was the venue for the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Retas Awards.

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