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The Retas 2019 Hunt Is On

The hunt is on to find the UK’s best greeting card retail stockists as The Retas 2019 awards open for entries.

The only dedicated awards for greeting card retailers, winning a Retas trophy is recognised as a true accolade of retailing excellence in the sector, with award categories covering indies through to multiple chains, department stores to grocers and everything in between.

Above: The Retas entry form featuring Jane Tattersfield’s stunning artwork.
Above: The Retas entry form featuring Jane Tattersfield’s stunning artwork.

“As ever, we’re looking to reward retail excellence, inventiveness, passion and commitment – the greeting card retailers who stand out head and shoulders from the crowd,” states Warren Lomax, joint md of Max Publishing, who owns and organises The Retas. “While we will be canvassing publishers, agents and reps for their nominations, we urge retailers not to be modest and make the most of the opportunity to put themselves forward and blow their own trumpet.”

Above: A very happy Samantha Williams of Blaby Post Office collected the trophy for Best Non-Traditional Retailer of Greeting Cards – North from Alister Marchant, ceo of CBG, sponsor of the category at the 2018 Retas awards ceremony.
Above: A very happy Samantha Williams of Blaby Post Office collected the trophy for Best Non-Traditional Retailer of Greeting Cards – North from Alister Marchant, ceo of CBG, sponsor of the category at the 2018 Retas awards ceremony.

In addition to the retail categories, there is also an award for Best Retail Employee, for those special members of staff who have gone the extra mile as well as Best Retail Initiative, which is for a specific promotion or piece of activity that a retailer has undertaken in the last year.

Above: The brandimg for this year’s Retas has been created by Jane Tattersfield, founder of Jane Tattersfield Designs. Here she is at PG Live in June with Robert Petrie of Kairds in Orkney who spent his Sunshine Ticket with the publisher.
Above: The brandimg for this year’s Retas has been created by Jane Tattersfield, founder of Jane Tattersfield Designs. Here she is at PG Live in June with Robert Petrie of Kairds in Orkney who spent his Sunshine Ticket with the publisher.

An entry form is downloadable from the website – www.theretasawards.co.uk

The deadline for entries is Friday 22 March.

The winners will be announced at a Frida Kahlo-esque themed awards event that will be held at The Dorchester on Wednesday 10 July. For tickets contact Claire Hollick of Createvents on 0118 3340085.

In keeping with this theme, the talented Jane Tattersfield, founder of Jane Tattersfield Design, has kindly donated some of her stunning artwork as the branding for this year’s Retas.

Above: The 2019 Retas awards event will take place at The Dorchester Hotel, London on July 10. 
Above: The 2019 Retas awards event will take place at The Dorchester Hotel, London on July 10.

 

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