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Gift Indies Among The Winners At The Retas

Over 400 people headed to annual greeting card awards event The Retas last Thursday (4 July) which took place at Mayfair’s glittering Grosvenor House Hotel. Among those who took home trophies were Andrea Pinder, owner of Presentation Cards & Gifts in Barrowford; Aga Marsden, owner of Highworth Emporium in Highworth, and Stuart Delahoy, owner of Set in Leicester who are not only great gift indies, but outstanding greeting card retailers too.

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The full list of Retas Awards 2024 Winners are…

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London

Nor, Beckenham Place Park and West Norwood

Award sponsored by Ohh Deer

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties and South East

Objectables, Folkestone

Award sponsored by Hallmark Cards

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

Dzo Dzo, Woodbridge

Award sponsored by Abacus Cards

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

Award sponsored by Rosie Made A Thing

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales

Paperweight, Cardiff

Award sponsored by Progressive Greetings Live

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Midlands

Set, Leicester

Award sponsored by International Cards and Gifts

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North West

Wishes Cockermouth, Cockermouth

Award sponsored by UK Greetings

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North East

Strickland and Holt, Yarm

Award sponsored by Wendy Jones-Blackett

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

The Bay Tree Company, Edinburgh

Award sponsored by London Stationery Show

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer

Cards & Moor, Yelverton

Award sponsored by Carte Blanche Greetings

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Kemps General Store & Bookshop, Malton

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Proudfoot Group

Award sponsored by Lucilla Lavender

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

Stationery House, Somerton, Clevedon and Wrington

Award sponsored by Pigment

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple

Postmark

Award sponsored by Ling Design

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Morley Stores

Award sponsored by Spring & Autumn Fair

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sainsbury’s

Award sponsored by Danilo

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Waterstones

Award sponsored by Cath Tate Cards

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (20+ branches)

Cardfactory

Award sponsored by Paperlink

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

Notcutts

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Presentation Cards & Gifts, Barrowford for its Mother’s Day and Easter charity initiative with Open Door

Award sponsored by N Smith Packaging & Display

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

BGC Wholesale

Award sponsored by Xpress Yourself

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

Postmark

Award sponsored by The Art File

 

This year The Retas took on a Beatrix Potter theme.

Photos from The Retas will be available to view and download from the awards’ website (www.theretasawards.co.uk) over the next few days and the event will be covered in full in the next edition of Progressive Greetings magazine, the sister publication to Progressive Gifts & Home.

The Retas, organised by Max Publishing, owners of Progressive Greetings magazine, are the only dedicated awards for greeting card retailers.

Top: Andrea Pinder, owner of Presentation Cards & Gifts in Barrowford, was the winner of The Retas’ Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative category.

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