The Henries 2022 Winners Revealed

The winners of The Henries 2022 greeting card industry awards were announced this evening (Thursday 6 October) at a fabulous awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, hosted by Northern Irish comedian and TV personality Patrick Kielty.

The industry’s big ‘Oscars of the greeting card sector’ event, now in its 25th year, took on a colourful and soulful 1950s theme this year was attended by over 500 members of the greeting card community who shared in the joy as the publishers of the UK’s most innovative greeting card ranges and suppliers who had gone the extra mile on service made their way to the stage to be crowned as winners.

Over a sumptuous dinner, guests were serenaded by the star of the West End’s Rat Pack stage show Gary Williams as he kept the Sinatra flame alive with his cabaret crooning, while the after-party fun was in full flow with live casino tables and airbrush tattoos thanks to the continued, generous support from House of Cards’ Miles Robinson and Nigel Williamson.

Organised by Progressive Greetings, The Henries are accepted as the ultimate accolades in the greeting card industry. Opening the event, director of Max Publishing Warren Lomax said: “In 1958 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was telling everyone, “We have never had it so good”. Well, certainly when it comes to The Henries, we really never have had it so good. This year saw a record number of entries, submitted by 283 publishers and we had more retailer judges than we have ever had before involved in the judging process. And the sheer quality of entrants was off the scale, a few octaves higher than even Frank Sinatra could’ve reached.”

As a fitting finale to the fiercely contested product and service categories was the highly coveted Honorary Achievement Award, which was presented to Alan Harnik, founder and president of leading US distributor of UK publishers, Notes & Queries,  who travelled from Baltimore without a hint of knowledge that his 42 years incredible service would be crowned by the industry he loves so much.

Honouring Alan, Jakki Brown, managing director of Max Publishing told the audience: “Tonight’s winner has not only championed British greeting card design and creativity but has been passionate in their support of young designers and emerging publishers, forever willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience, while yet never losing their sense of wonderment and enthusiasm for new winning concepts, finishes and design styles.

He is a larger than life character, delighting in his affectionate nickname of ’Big Al’, and with an even larger in heart!”

A full photo gallery will be published in the coming days.

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The Henries Awards 2022 winners are:

The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

Iain Hamilton, founder of Bewilderbeest

Award sponsored by Postmark

 

Best Diversity and Inclusion Range

Feel the Love from Hallmark Cards

Award sponsored by GCA

 

Best Humorous Range

Zeppelinmoon from Redback Cards

Award sponsored by Spring & Autumn Fair

 

Best Licensed Card Range

Famous Foods from Tache

Award sponsored by Skeet Print

 

Best Christmas Counter Cards Range

Bloom from Stormy Knight

Award sponsored by Windles Group

 

Best Christmas Box or Pack

Luxury Boxed Collection from The Art File

Award sponsored by Gould Paper

 

Best Cute Range

Pawsome from Raspberry Blossom

Award sponsored by Alpha Colour Printers

 

Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery

Award sponsored by Card Factory

 

Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Indigo Blush from Ling Design

Award sponsored by Skylight Media

 

Best Art Range

Natural Phenomenon from The Art File

Award sponsored by Graphite Creative

 

Best Photographic Range

Say Cheese from Ohh Deer

Award sponsored by Scribbler and FuliFilm

 

Best Children’s Range

Are We Nearly There Yet? from Paper Salad

Award sponsored by Loxleys

 

Best Contemporary Trend Range

Jamboree from Paper Salad

Award sponsored by The Imaging Centre

 

Best Handmade or Hand-finished Range

Paper Shakies Adult Ages from James Ellis

Award sponsored by EBB Board

 

Best Male Range

Graphic Form from Rocket68

Award sponsored by Duplo UK

 

Best Relations and/or Occasions Range

Elle from Belly Button Designs

Award sponsored by Fedrigoni UK

 

Best Spring Seasons Range

Rainbow Drops Mother’s Day from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Award sponsored by G.F Smith

 

Best Wholesale Range

Isabel’s Garden from Simon Elvin

Award sponsored by LB Warehousing

 

Best Giftwrappings Range

Paper Salad Collection from Glick

Award sponsored by PG Live

 

The Henry Cole Classic Award

Camilla & Rose from Peartree Heybridge

Award sponsored by The Sherwood Group

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer

Bronze Winner 2022

The Art File

Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer

Silver Winner 2022

IC&G

Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer

Gold Winner 2022

UK Greetings

Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers

 

Honorary Achievement Award

Alan Harnik

Award sponsored by UK Envelope Centre

 

www.thehenriesawards.co.uk | #Henries2022

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