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The Retas 2023 Winners Revealed

The UK’s very best greeting card retailers were officially recognised at The Retas 2023 greeting card retailer awards ceremony, which took place today (6 July) at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

The Retas 2023 saw greeting card retail stockists from right across the retail spectrum duly recognised, rewarded and celebrated. Among the many jubilant winners was Postmark, which not only won the Best Greeting Card Small Multiple award, but was also presented with the final award of the ceremony, the prestigious Greeting Card Retailer of the Year award.

The ever-popular event, which this year took on a Van Gogh theme, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was hosted by comedian Jake Lambert and was attended by some 400 greeting card retailers, publishers and suppliers.

Welcoming guests, PG’s co-owner Jakki Brown paid tribute to The Retas finalists and winners, saying: “With The Retas 2023 we put those who are excelling in the true artistry of greeting card retailing in the frame for their rightful fanfare.

Vincent van Gogh wrote regularly to his younger brother Theo, an art dealer, in which his letters revealed his mission to create an emotional connection with his art. In July 1882 he wrote: “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.” It is now exactly 141 years since Vincent wrote that letter, but it is the same mission that greeting card retailers achieve each and every day with the greeting card selection they curate and offer their customers. They, together with greeting card publishers, are continuing Van Gogh’s legacy – of creativity powered by emotion.”

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The Retas Awards 2023 Winners are…

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London 

Diverse in Brixton

Award sponsored by Ohh Deer


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties and South East 

Red Card in Petworth

Award sponsored by Hallmark Cards


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia 

Sincerely Yours in Hornchurch and Shenfield

Award sponsored by Abacus Cards


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West sponsored by Rosie Made A Thing 

Bazaar in Barnstaple

Award sponsored by Rosie Made A Thing


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales 

Creative Cove in Lampeter

Award sponsored by Progressive Greetings Live


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Midlands 

Bentleys/Maddison in Birmingham, Harborne, Solihull and Stourport-on-Severn

Award sponsored by Paper Salad


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North West and Northern Ireland 

Bus Stop Cards & Gifts in Castlederg

Award sponsored by UK Greetings


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North East 

Artichoke in Tynemouth

Award sponsored by Wendy Jones-Blackett


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland 

Paper Tiger, three stores in Edinburgh

Award sponsored by Belly Button Designs


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer 

The Beverley Card Company in Beverley

Award sponsored by Carte Blanche Greetings


Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards 

The Hedgehog Bookshop in Penrith

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North 

Archerfield Walled Garden in Dirleton

Award sponsored by Lucilla Lavender


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South 

MiMi in Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

Award sponsored by Pigment


Best Greeting Card Small Multiple 

Postmark, 14 stores in London, Birmingham and Glasgow

Award sponsored by Ling Design


 Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Elphicks in Farnham

Award sponsored by Spring & Autumn Fair


Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Tesco

Award sponsored by Danilo


Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Oliver Bonas

Award sponsored by Cath Tate


Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Cardzone

Award sponsored by Paperlink


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Independent 

Highfield Garden World

Award sponsored by Museums & Galleries


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple 

Longacres Garden Centre

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications


Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative 

House of Cards, for its Thinking of You Week activities

Award sponsored by AfroTouch Design


Best Greeting Card Wholesaler 

Jackson’s CRS

Award sponsored by Sensations International/Xpress Yourself


Greeting Card Retailer of the Year 

Postmark

Award sponsored by The Art File


Enjoying a strong roster of sponsors, all leading companies, who are all committed to rewarding retailing expertise, The Retas 2023 was backed by: Abacus Cards, AfroTouch Designs, The Art File, Belly Button Designs, Carte Blanche Greetings, Cath Tate Cards, Danilo, Hallmark, Ohh Deer, Ling Design, Museums & Galleries, Paperlink, Pigment Productions, Progressive Greetings Live, Rosie Made a Thing, Sensations/Express Yourself, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, UK Greetings, W Select, Wendy Jones-Blackett and Woodmansterne Publications.

Photos from The Retas will be available to view and download from the awards’ website (www.theretasawards.co.uk) over the next few days and the event will be covered in full in the next edition of Progressive Greetings magazine.

The Retas, organised by Max Publishing, owners of Progressive Greetings magazine are the only dedicated awards for greeting card retailers.

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