David Robertson’s Retas’ win reaches Scottish Parliament

The news that Buckie and Elgin-based retailer that trades under Pozzi and Bijou had won the Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland award in The Retas has reached those in high places. Having been alerted of the award for the retail group, co-owned by David Robertson and his parents Lynda and Jim, the Scottish MP for Moray (and Cabinet Minister for Rural Affairs and Environment in the Scottish Parliament) Richard Lockhead ensured that his fellow cabinet ministers and politicians were made aware of the independent retailer’s triumph at the recent retail awards.

The MSP posted the news on the daily bulletin which was circulated to all members of the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood. ‘The Parliament congratulates all at Pozzi’ began the notification, highlighting how the retail business employs 70 staff in Moray.

David Robertson (left) celebrating the Pozzi/Bijou win with fellow Retas’ winners (far right) Leona and Mark Janson-Smith and Wendy Jones-Blackett, creative maestro of Wendy Jones-Blackett.
David Robertson (left) celebrating the Pozzi/Bijou win with fellow Retas’ winners (far right) Postmark’s Leona and Mark Janson-Smith and Wendy Jones-Blackett, creative maestro of Wendy Jones-Blackett.

“Winning any award always makes you proud, but this year it felt even more important,” commented David Robertson, who is also a regular PG columnist with a loyal following for his insightful articles. “With Pozzi’s big new refurbishment The Retas award is like a rubber stamp that says ‘yes you are still right at the forefront of cards in the UK’,” he adds.

Greeting cards are a major part of the Pozzi business, even being sold in its restaurant and coffee shop business – Bijoui by the Sea as well as in its newsagents and card and gift shop. “It has been a difficult couple of trading years awe reposition and change all our buildings to fit the way people are shopping now with our investment and development of the display units having been something of a labour of love,” adds David.

In addition to attracting the attention of Scottish MPs, Pozzi’s Retas’ win received impressive traction on social media as well as positive reactions from its customers and those within the trade.

“We were totally blown away by the social media response. We shared across all our sites and platforms and received nearly 1100 likes and over 150 messages,” revealed David who adds that has been “blown away” by how kind everyone is in our industry with so many well wishes from so many different companies.

“I love this industry because at its core it is about people and feelings. The way people in our industry support, share and help one another to succeed is so refreshing – long may it continue,” summed up David.

Richard Lockhead MSP for Moray, the region where Pozzi and Bijou are based, alerted Scottish Parliamentary member to the retailer’s Retas’ award.
Richard Lockhead MSP for Moray, the region where Pozzi and Bijou are based, alerted Scottish Parliamentary member to the retailer’s Retas’ award.
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