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The Retas 2023 finalists

This year’s top greetings retailer nominees are really Go(gh)ing for it!


After a rigorous canvassing of publishers, reps and agents for their retailer nominations and a thorough cajoling of encouraging greeting card retailers to enter The Retas, the finalists in this year’s 2023 greeting card retailers of the year awards can be revealed.

The winners will be announced at a Van Gogh-themed afternoon extravaganza on Thursday, 6 July, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, during an event attended by over 400 members of the greeting card community.

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

Diverse, Brixton

Earlybird Designs, Stoke Newington

Gift, Crouch End

Medici Gallery, Kensington

Mooch, Ealing & Fulham

Snap, Bow


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties

Cards 4 Occasions, Hayling Island

Joyce’s Best Wishes, Lingfield

Maddy Moos, Totton

Objectables, Folkestone

Red Card, Petworth

Threads, Harpenden

Zest, Crowborough


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

The Card Centre, Felixstowe

Cards ’N’ Things, Norwich

The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, Ely

Just Cards and Abigail’s Cards & Gifts, Norwich & Dereham

LoveOne, Ipswich

Sincerely Yours, Hornchurch & Shenfield


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Bazaar, Barnstaple

The Card Collection, Bath & Shaftesbury

Kingfisher Cards & Gifts, Sidmouth

PaperGangsta, Bristol

Stationery House & Gifts, Somerton & Clevedon

Tickles & Co, Wimborne


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales

The Celtic Company, Welshpool

Charlton Cards, Tenby

Creative Cove, Lampeter

Daisy Daisy, Llanishen

Halls, Llanduff


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – The Midlands

Austin & Co, Malvern

Bentleys and Maddison, Birmingham, Harborne, Solihull & Stourport-on-Severn

Hugs & Kisses, Tettenhall

Set Design, Leicester

Something Special, Kingswinford

Wishes & Kisses, Boldmere & Solihull


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North West England and Northern Ireland

Bailey’s, Ainsdale, Crosby & Maghull

Bus Stop Cards and Gifts, Castlederg

Celebrations, Carlisle

The Gift Box, Hoole

Reflections, Nantwich & Rugeley

Wishes of Cockermouth, Cockermouth


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North East England

Artichoke, Tynemouth

Cards & Gifts, Dronfield

Castle Cards, Barnard Castle

Design@six, Wetherby

Serendipity, Newcastle

Thinking Of You, Denby Dale


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Gibsons, Haddington

The Gift Boutique, Fraserburgh

JP Pozzi and Bijou, Buckie and Elgin

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

Pencil Me In, Elgin

Penny Black, Glasgow


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer (opened since Jan 2020)

The Beverley Card Company, Beverley

Cards & Moor, Yelverton

Dolly Daydream, Presteigne

Jelly Armchair, Cheltenham

Occasions, Jersey



Best Independent Bookstore Retailer Of Greeting Cards

Barnes Bookshop, Barnes

Bookends, Christchurch

Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood

Guisborough Bookshop, Guisborough

The Hedgehog Bookshop, Penrith

Regency Bookshop, Surbiton


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer Of Greeting Cards – North

Archerfield Walled Garden Shop, Dirleton

The Hollies, Little Budworth & Lower Stretton

Mooch, Bewdley & Stourport-on-Severn

Nest, Broughton Astley, Stoneygate, & Thurlaston,

Stationery Supplies, Marple & Wilmslow

Utility, Liverpool & Manchester


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer Of Greeting Cards – South

The Bay Tree Home & Gift, Devizes & Marlborough

Dart’s Farm, Topsham

Lark, London & Woking

MiMi, Hartley Wintney & Wokingham

Natsons, Barnes

No.14 Ampthill, Ampthill


Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (5-20 stores)

3 Wishes, five stores in the south

Between The Lines, 17 stores in the south

Henry & Co, nine stores in the Midlands

House of Cards, seven stores in the Home Counties

Postmark, 14 stores in London, Birmingham & soon Glasgow

Temptations, seven stores in the Home Counties


Best Department Store Retailer Of Greeting Cards

Atkinsons, Sheffield

Barkers of Northallerton, Northallerton

Daniels, Windsor

Elphicks, Farnham

John Lewis & Partners

Morleys Group, eight stores in the south



Best Supermarket Retailer Of Greeting Cards






Waitrose & Partners


Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Greeting Cards

Marks & Spencer

National Trust

Oliver Bonas

The Range




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

Card Factory


Cards Galore





Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Greeting Cards – independent

Bents, Warrington

Burford Garden Centre, Burford

Garsons, Esher & Titchfield

The Grange Garden Centre, Melton Mowbray

Highfield Garden World, Whitminster

Stewarts, Christchurch, Broomhill and Abbey


Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Greeting Cards – multiple or group

Blue Diamond, 40+ centres nationwide

Haskins, five centres in the south

Longacres, five centres in the south

Klondyke/Strikes, 22 centres across the UK

Notcutts, 19 centres across the UK

RHS, five centres across the UK


Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative (for a specific project or initiative undertaken by a retailer since 15 April 2022)

Austin & Co, Malvern, for its Nessa’s Christmas Dog Food Drive

Expressions, Swindon, for its Scouts Post engagement

House of Cards, Home Counties, for its Thinking Of You Week activities

Milford Cards & Gifts, Milford, for its Turkey Earthquake Appeal activity

Nickery Nook, Bedale, for its upcycling cards programme

Stationery Supplies, Marple & Wilmslow, for its Festive Friday Design A Christmas Card Competition

Swagger, Chipping Sodbury, for its charity Swagbags


Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

Archway Cards, Norwich

Budget, nine branches nationwide

CAPS, Bury

Crosswear Trading, Enfield

Greetings House, Walsall

Jackson’s, Sheffield

Greeting Card Retailer Of The Year

All winners of The Retas 2023 categories are contenders for this award, so no finalists are revealed until the awards event on 6 July

All The Retas 2023 winners will be announced at the awards event with a strong roster of sponsors ready to hand out the trophies.

The Retas 2023 sponsors include AfroTouch Design, The Art File, Belly Button Designs, Carte Blanche Greetings, Cath Tate Cards, Danilo, GBCC, Hallmark, Ling Design, Lucilla Lavender, Meraki, Museums & Galleries, Ohh Deer, Paperlink, Paper Salad, Pigment, Progressive Greetings Live, Rosie Made A Thing, Sensations/Express Yourself, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, UK Greetings, Wendy Jones-Blackett, W Select, and Woodmansterne Publications.

To be among the UK’s best greeting card retailers as well as some great card publishers, book your ticket online via or contact The Retas’ awards manager Clare Hollick, director of Createventson 0118 334 0085 or email

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