The Henries 2019 Winners Are Revealed

The winners of The Henries 2019 greeting card awards were announced tonight (October 3) at an historic awards event that took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Over 700 greeting card industry publishers, retailers and suppliers attended the event to witness the industry’s best greeting card ranges receive the top card publishing accolades.

Comedian and television star, Tom Allen brought the house down with his quick witted responses as compere for the ‘100 Years of greeting cards’ celebration, themed to tie in with the centenary of the GCA, headline sponsor of the event.

In her welcome speech, Amanda Fergusson, ceo of the GCA highlighted the wonderful heritage of the UK greeting card industry: “Aren’t we privileged to be involved in a product that articulates emotions and feelings, spreading joy and happiness. Greeting cards bring people together and foster relationships,” adding her shared wish: “Let’s work together to ensure our product and industry continues to survive and thrive for the next 100 years.”

In addition to revealing the award winners of the best greeting card ranges of the year, the ceremony also saw the presentation of the prestigious Best Service to the Independent Retailer trophies. UK Greetings was presented with the Bronze service trophy, Woodmansterne the Silver and IC&G scooped the top Gold award.

Providing a fitting crescendo to the awards ceremony, Simon Elvin, the inspirational managing director of Simon Elvin was presented with a special GCA Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements, passion and commitment to the sector.

Each of the attendees received their own piece of greeting card history to take home – as the placecards were real vintage greeting cards, a special keepsake sponsored by House of Cards.

Over 14,000 greeting cards were entered into The Henries this year, judged by a panel of over 40 prestigious retailers, including buyers from Scribbler, Sainsbury’s, Paperchase, Clintons, Tesco, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwicks, Moonpig and a host of leading independents.

 

Here Are The Henries 2019 Winners…

 

The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

Amy Eastland, senior designer of Woodmansterne

(Award sponsored by Paperchase)

 

Best Children’s Range

Jamboree from Paper Salad

(Award sponsored by Loxleys)

 

Best Christmas Counter Range

Pinata from Redback Cards

(Award sponsored by Windles Group)

 

Best Christmas Box or Pack

Luxury Christmas Box from The Art File

(Award sponsored by Gould Paper)

 

Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Follow Your Dramas from Hallmark Cards

(Award sponsored by Foilco)

 

Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Quotish from Brainbox Candy

(Award sponsored by The Imaging Centre)

 

Best Contemporary Trend Range

Shine from Redback Cards

(Award sponsored by The Digital Hub)

 

Best Handmade or Hand-Finished Range

Modern Missy from Tache

(Award sponsored by EBB Board)

 

Best Photographic Range

Wavelength from Icon

(Award sponsored by Spring Fair & Autumn Fair)

 

Best Humour Range

Twin Pines from Ohh Deer

(Award sponsored by the GCA)

 

Best Art Range

Scissors Paper Tree from Roger la Borde

(Award sponsored by Fenner Paper)

 

Best Licensed Range

The Happy News from Pigment

(Award sponsored by Skeet Print)

 

Best Giftwrappings Range

Paper Salad from Glick

(Award sponsored by PG Live)

 

Best Male Range

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

(Award sponsored by Slater Harrison & Co)

 

Best Wholesale Range

Everyday and Relations from Out of the Blue Studios

(Award sponsored by L.B Warehousing)

 

Best Relations and/or Occasions Range

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery

(Award sponsored by Fedrigoni)

 

Best Spring Seasons Range

Hey Fresco Mother’s Day from Wendy Jones-Blackett

(Award sponsored by G.F Smith + Son)

 

Best Cute Range

Tiny Sparkles from Louise Tiler Designs

(Award sponsored by Alpha Colour Printers)

 

The Henry Cole Classic Award

Ink Press from The Art File

(Award sponsored by The Sherwood Group)

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer Award – Gold Winner

International Cards & Gifts

(Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers)

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer Award – Silver Winner

Woodmansterne Publications

(Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers)

 

Best Service to the Independent Retailer Award – Bronze Winner

UK Greetings

(Award sponsored by Herbert Walkers)

 

GCA Outstanding Contribution Award 2019

Simon Elvin

(Award sponsored by UK Envelope Centre)

 

The photos from The Henries awards will be uploaded onto the awards’ website over the next couple of days and Henries news will be covered in full on a special PG Buzz next Monday (October 7).

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