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Going ‘Green’ At The Retas Retailer Awards

There where whoops of joy and ear-to-ear smiles as the winners of The Retas greeting card retailer awards, organised by Progressive Greetings (sister magazine to Progressive Gifts & Home) were revealed yesterday (November 16) at the glittering Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The Awards brought together the cream of greeting card retailers, with stockists from across the retail spectrum, to include gift retailers, recognised, rewarded and celebrated. In keeping with the current thriving passion for houseplants and gardening, as well as a desire for the green shoots of optimism, the theme of The Retas 2021 was The Finery of Greenery.

Welcoming guests, Progressive Greetings co-owner Jakki Brown paid tribute to The Retas finalists and winners, highlighting that in one of the most torrid times for retailers ever, “so many showed their true grit and determination, learning new skills and instigating initiatives to enable them to nurture their customers’ loyalty.”

Among the worthy winners was gift and greeting card retailer Jo Barber, winner of the Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South category, and the Blue Diamond Group, which won the Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple or Group category. John Lewis & Partners won Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards, while Sainsbury’s was crowned Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards.

Above: A delighted Jo Barber, owner of No. 14 Ampthill, Ampthill, won The Retas’  Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South category.
Above: A delighted Jo Barber, owner of No. 14 Ampthill, Ampthill, won The Retas’  Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South category.

Finalists included: Lark London; The Bean Hive, Kettering and Falmouth; The Tutbury Present Company, Tutbury and Bijou and JP Pozzi, Elgin and Buckie.

 

The full list of Retas Awards 2021 winners are…

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London

Earlybird, Stoke Newington

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties and South East

Red Card, Petworth

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

Celebrations Hallmark, Aylsham

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Expressions, Cats Whiskers and Polkadot, Swindon, Bishops Cleeve and Keynsham

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales and the Midlands

Austin & Co, Malvern

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North and Northern Ireland

Reflections, Nantwich and Rugeley

 

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Paper Tiger, two stores in Edinburgh

 

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – South

Kingfisher Cards, Sidmouth

 

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – North

Henry & Co, Bridgnorth, Nottingham and Ormskirk

 

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

The Bookshop, East Grinstead

 

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Stationery Supplies, Marple and Wilmslow

 

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

No. 14, Ampthill

 

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4+ stores)

Postmark, Balham, Blackheath, Chiswick, East Dulwich and Greenwich

 

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

John Lewis & Partners

 

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sainsbury’s

 

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (4+ stores)

WHSmith

 

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

Cardzone

 

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – independent (1-4 centres)

Bernaville Nurseries, Cowley, Exeter

 

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple or group (5+ centres)

Blue Diamond Group

 

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Earlybird, Stoke Newington for its Hope Programme

 

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

Budget Greeting Cards

 

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

Cardzone

 

The Retas, now in their 16th year, was attended by over 300 greeting card retailers, publishers and suppliers and hosted by comedian Stuart Goldsmith.

 

Top: The delighted Retas winners are shown on stage at the Grosvenor House in Park Lane at yesterday’s Awards.

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