The Retas 2024 Winners Revealed

Some 400 retailers, publishers and trade suppliers celebrated together


The UK’s very best greeting card retailers were officially recognised at The Retas 2024 greeting card retailer awards ceremony, which took place today (4 July) at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

The Retas 2024 saw greeting card retail stockists from right across the retail spectrum duly recognised, rewarded and celebrated.

The ever-popular event, which this year took on a Beatrix Potter theme, was hosted by comedian and radio presenter Andrew Ryan 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: “Beatrix Potter was very much a woman ahead of her time. Today though, we are here to celebrate some rather special greeting card retailers who are very much of our time, and what a time it has been in the last year with the ongoing challenges of trade, with card retailers having to understand and anticipate the nuances of their customers’ tastes and needs as well as adapting to the challenges presented by the likes of changes in footfall, the Royal Mail issues and general cost-of-living constraints.

But as the impressive list Retas’ finalists testify, just like The Flopsy Bunnies, whatever obstacles they have faced in the Mr McGregor’s garden of real life, they have bounced back, full of ‘hop’ and optimism!”

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The Retas Awards 2024 Winners are…

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London

Nor, Beckenham Place Park and West Norwood

Award sponsored by Ohh Deer

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties and South East

Objectables, Folkestone

Award sponsored by Hallmark Cards

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

Dzo Dzo, Woodbridge

Award sponsored by Abacus Cards

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

Award sponsored by Rosie Made A Thing

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales

Paperweight, Cardiff

Award sponsored by Progressive Greetings Live

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Midlands

Set, Leicester

Award sponsored by International Cards and Gifts

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North West

Wishes Cockermouth, Cockermouth

Award sponsored by UK Greetings

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North East

Strickland and Holt, Yarm

Award sponsored by Wendy Jones-Blackett

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

The Bay Tree Company, Edinburgh

Award sponsored by London Stationery Show

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer

Cards & Moor, Yelverton

Award sponsored by Carte Blanche Greetings

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Kemps General Store & Bookshop, Malton

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Proudfoot Group

Award sponsored by Lucilla Lavender

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

Stationery House, Somerton, Clevedon and Wrington

Award sponsored by Pigment

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple

Postmark

Award sponsored by Ling Design

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Morley Stores

Award sponsored by Spring & Autumn Fair

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sainsbury’s

Award sponsored by Danilo

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Waterstones

Award sponsored by Cath Tate Cards

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

Cardfactory

Award sponsored by Paperlink

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Independent

Yarnton Home & Garden, Yarnton

Award sponsored by Museums & Galleries

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple

Notcutts

Award sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Presentation Cards & Gifts, Barrowford for its Mother’s Day and Easter charity initiative with Open Door

Award sponsored by N Smith Packaging & Display

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

BGC Wholesale

Award sponsored by Xpress Yourself

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

Postmark

Award sponsored by The Art File

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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