Revealing The Retas 2019 Finalists, The UK’s Greeting Card Retailer Awards 

The finalists of The Retas 2019 greeting card retailer awards have been announced today (April 30), collectively representing the best greeting card retail stockists in the UK.

This year’s strong roll call of finalists are as a result of a rigorous industrywide nomination and entry process.

“In what must rank as one of the most challenging years for retailers generally, this year’s line of Retas finalists proves that the greeting card sector is well blessed with savvy, tenacious innovative retailers who continue to inspire and excite the card buying public, maintaining greeting cards’ presence,” commented Warren Lomax, joint managing director of Max Publishing, which owns and organises The Retas (as well as Progressive Greetings and PG Buzz).

Above: Which retailers’ names will be on The Retas trophies this year?
Above: Which retailers’ names will be on The Retas trophies this year?

The Retas winners will be unveiled at a lavish afternoon Frida Kahlo-themed event on Wednesday 10 July, which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane, not at The Dorchester as initially announced (the move was made in protest to anti-human rights laws.

Above: This year The Retas will take place in the Ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Above: This year The Retas will take place in the Ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel.

To secure your Retas ticket to this great networking event at which the top retailers will rub shoulders with publishers and trade suppliers, contact Clare Hollick on or on 01733 294524 or 07769 905959.

The Retas 2019 Finalists:

Greeting Card Retail Employee Of The Year

Mandy Baker, manager of Celebrations, Aylsham

Helen Baxter, visual merchandiser of Thurrock Garden Centre

Jennifer Burke, store manager of Card Factory, Bootle Parkside and Stonedale stores

Denise Keers, shop manager of Cards 2 Confetti, Brixham

Pippa Kelly, card buyer/admin coordinator of Gee Tee’s, Westhoughton and Bamber Bridge stores

Ben Knight, customer service manager of Scribbler, Manchester store

Emma Knights, part-time sales assistant of Dragonfly Cards & Gifts, Knaresborough

Karen Roberts, shop assistant for Memorable Moments, Ripon

Antonia Secchi, assistant manager for The Write Stuff, Edinburgh

Helena Smith, sales assistant for Nickery Nook, Bedale


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London (inside the M25)

The Ark, Stoke Newington

Diverse, Brixton

Gift, Crouch End

The Loft, Teddington

Medici Gallery, South Kensington

Pretty Shiny Shop, Stroud Green


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties

The Card Hall, Maidstone

No. 14, Ampthill

Paddock Wood Cards, Paddock Wood

Red Card, Petworth

Something Special, Edenbridge

Zebra Cards, Royal Tunbridge Wells


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

Blue Dog, Clare

Greetings from the Heart, Bourne

Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

Love It, Bury St Edmunds and Stamford

Sincerely Yours, Shenfield

Wave and Spots, Bungay and Southwold


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Cards 2 Confetti, Brixham

Cilla & Camilla, Bridport

Daisy Park, South Molton

Island Greetings, two stores in St Helier

Just Cards, Honiton

Soukous, Bristol


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales and the Midlands

Bentleys and Maddison, Stourport and Harborne

In Heaven At Home, Market Harborough

Little Paperie, Ashbourne

Nest, Leicester

Tidings, Cirencester

Tokenhouse, Nottingham


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North and Northern Ireland

Baileys Cards and Gifts, Southport and Crosby

Cards etc, Horsforth

Forget Me Not, Rochdale

Hallmark, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart

Memorable Moments, Ripon

Nickery Nook, Bedale


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Alba, Oban

Bluestone Gift Shops, Largs

Coorie Doon, Gourock

The Gift Boutique, Fraserburgh

JP Pozzi and Bijou, Buckie and Elgin

The Write Stuff, Edinburgh


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – South

Objectables, Folkestone

No.66 Cards and Gifts, Ryde

Pack A Punch, Bridgwater

Planet Sal, Honiton

Sincerely Yours, Hornchurch

Sullivan’s, Thorpe Bay


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – North

Best Wishes, Garstang

Cards & Gifts, Sheffield

Holly Blue, Saltburn-by-sea

Pencil Me In, Elgin

Rad Studio, Saltaire

West Kirby Cards Hallmark, West Kirby


Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Blandfords, Broadway, Hereford and Ledbury

Bookends, Christchurch

Edge of the World, Penzance

Serendip, Lyme Regis

Spencer Thorne, Bude

Walkers, Oakham and Stamford


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Boroughbridge Post Office, Boroughbridge

CTD News, Allestree

Hand-Picked By Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith

The Old School Beauly, Beauly

QLM, Leeds

Spirito, Glasgow


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

George R Reeve, Wymondham

Gifted, Thaxted

Mimi, Hartley Wintney

Mooch, two stores in Northampton

Mooch Gifts & Home, Stourport on Severn

My Flair Lady Floral Design, White Roding


Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 stores)

House of Cards – six stores in the Home Counties

Mayther – seven stores in the South

Penmark – four stores in the Midlands

Postmark – four stores in London

Three Wishes – Broadstone, Ferndown, Lymington, Ringwood and Verwood

Zo & Co – four stores in Greater Manchester and Cheshire


Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Atkinsons, Sheffield

Elys of Wimbledon

Daniels of Windsor

Dawsons, Clitheroe

Barkers, Northallerton

John Lewis, Oxford St


Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards








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

Between The Lines – 15 stores in the South

Lorimers, 12 stores in Surrey and Kent

Oliver Bonas – 70 stores nationwide

Utility, 3 stores in Liverpool and one in Manchester

Waterstones – 250+ stores nationwide

WHSmith – 611 stores nationwide


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

Cards Direct – 30 stores

Card Factory – 970+ stores

Cards Galore – 50 stores

Cardzone Group – 130 stores

Paperchase – 130+ stores

Scribbler – 38 stores


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards

Burston Rose, St Albans

Blue Diamond Group – 30 garden centres

Garrion Bridges Garden and Antique Centre, Overtown

Klondyke and Strikes – 22 garden centres

Longacres – Bagshot, Bybrook Barn, Chobham and Shepperton

Planters, Tamworth and Derby


Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

(for a specific project or initiative undertaken by a retailer to promote card sales)

Blue Rose Gifts & Balloons, Heywood – for its Make A Pudsey activity

Card Factory – for its Father’s Day Macmillan Cancer Support Partnership

Cardies, Stevenage – for its community street art             programme

Dragonfly Cards & Gifts, Knaresborough – for its Milestone Birthday Giveaway

Scribbler – for its Goes Greener initiative

Pencil Me In, Elgin – for its My Shoplife 19 Instagram Challenge

Wishes of Cudworth – for its Christmas programme


Best Greeting Card Service Based Wholesaler

Archway Cards, Norwich

Budget Greeting Cards, eight branches UK and Eire

Card and Party Store, Bury

Crosswear Trading, Enfield

Greetings House, Walsall

Jacksons, Sheffield


Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

The winners of the other categories are finalists in this category. To be announced at The Retas Awards.

Above: All of the winners at last year’s Retas event. This year The Retas will take on a Frida Kahlo theme.
Above: All of the winners at last year’s Retas event. This year The Retas will take on a Frida Kahlo theme.
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