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The Retas finalists 2017

Contenders for the UK’s only dedicated awards for greeting card retailers are unveiled.

RETAS AWARDS FINALISTS LOGO 2017 resizedHundreds of heartfelt nominations from publishers and agents and a strong roster of entries has resulted in a sterling line up of finalists for The Retas 2017 greeting card retailing awards.

Now in their 13th year, The Retas (organised by Progressive Greetings) are the dedicated annual awards that recognise and reward UK greeting card retailers right across the spectrum for their activities in the last year. The Awards celebrate not only the top independent and multiple greeting card retailers regionally and nationally, but also outstanding retail employees. These dedicated awards for retailers have risen immeasurably in status since their formation and are now universally acknowledged as being true accolades of excellence.

The Retas 2017 Official Finalists

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

The Cherry Tree – East Finchley

Hallmark – Hornchurch

Nor – West Norwood

Northwood Cards & Gifts – Northwood

Postmark – Greenwich,

With Best Wishes – Petts Wood


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties

The Card Hall – Maidstone

Dee’s Cards – Leighton Buzzard

Paddock Wood Cards – Paddock Wood

SWALK – Lindfield

Threads – Harpenden

Zest – Crowborough


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

First Class Greetings and Plum Green – Hadleigh

Love It! – Stamford and Bury St Edmunds

Pedlar’s Gold – Swaffham

Mackenzies Cards – Gainsborough

Snape Maltings – Aldeburgh

Spots – Southwold


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

By The Way – Bradford On Avon

The Card Collection – Bath

Celebrations – Waterlooville and Eastleigh

Coles Of Sidmouth – Sidmouth

Expressions – Swindon

Paper Gangsta – Bristol


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales and the Midlands

Celebrations – Stourbridge

Doodlebug – Cwmbran

Sentiments – Whitchurch

Something Special – Kingswinford

Special Occasions – Castle Bromwich

The Tutbury Present Company – Tutbury


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North and Northern Ireland

Belly Button – West Didsbury and Heaton Moor

Blue Rose Gifts – Heywood

Cards & Candles – Lancaster

On Church Hill – Knutsford

Mantons Cards – Port Erin

Wishes Hallmark – Cockermouth


Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Blueberry – Musselburgh

CloudyBlue – Aberdeen

JP Pozzi and Bijou – Buckie and Elgin

Kairds – Kirkwall

Papyrus – Glasgow

Polka Dot – Dumfries


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer Or New Branch – South

Ceri Jam – Warwick

Expressions – Broadstairs

Ohh Deer – Ipswich and Loughborough

Paper Turtle – Lewes

Peppertrees – Northampton

Sweet Autumn – Buckingham


Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch North

Baileys Cards & Gifts (Hallmark) – Ainsdale

Card Heaven – Mexborough

Celebrations – Kirkham

The Hummingbird at Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury

Joy! – Heswall

Zo & Co – Knutsford


Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Aldeburgh Bookshop – Aldeburgh

Daunt Books – London, Saffron Walden and Marlow

The Guisborough Bookshop – Guisborough

Gerrards Cross & Chorleywood Bookshops – Gerrards Cross and Chorleywood

J&G Innes – St Andrews

Simply Books – Bramhall


Best – Non Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Cloud 9 – Edinburgh

Gee Tees – Wigan

Give the Dog a Bone – York

The Hollies Farm Shop – Tarporley

Paper Moon – Dore

Proudfoots – Scarborough


Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

The Alphabet Gift Shop – Burton-On-Trent and Mickleover

Berts Homestores – Brighton

Darts Farm Shop – Topsham

Farrants – Cobham

Little Boat Gifts – Brightlingsea

Loveone – Ipswich


Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 stores)

Bentleys – four stores in the Midlands

Between The Lines – 13 stores in the South

House of Cards – six stores in the Home Counties

Mayther – seven stores in the South

Paper & Script/ Funky Pigeon – 10+ stores nationwide

Three Wishes – Ferndown, Lymington, Ringwood and Verwood


Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Barkers – Northallerton

Bentalls – Kingston

Fenwicks Of Colchester – Colchester

Harrods – London

John Lewis – 29 stores

Selfridges – Oxford Street, Manchester and Birmingham


Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards








Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (20+ stores)

Marks & Spencer – 914 stores nationwide

National Trust – 200+ stores nationwide

Next – 500 stores in the UK and Eire

Oliver Bonas – 42 stores nationwide

Waterstones –275 stores nationwide

WHSmith – 612 stores nationwide


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

Card Factory –850+ stores

Cards Galore – 46 stores

Cardzone –100+ stores

Clintons – 400+ stores

Paperchase –130+ stores

Scribbler – 34 stores


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards

Bents – Glazebury

Frosts – Brampton, Millets Farm, Willington and

Woburn Sands

Klondyke Strikes – 22 garden centres

Longacres – Bagshot

The Mains Of Drum – Banchory

Thurrock Garden Centre – Ockenden


Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative (for a specific project or initiative undertaken by a retailer to promote card sales)

Clintons – for its Thinking of You Week activity

House of Cards, six shops in the Home Counties – for its Sympathy Card initiative with The Ladder Club

The Lynn Tait Gallery, Old Leigh – for its Queen’s 90th Birthday Card Competition

Nor, Norwood – for its community Okido mask-making workshop and poetry balloon day

Ohh Deer, Loughborough – for its Gemma Correll instore charity event

Postmark, four shops in London – for its Feel Good Friday initiative

The Secret Garden, Borough Green – for its ‘Win Kylie for Valentine’s Day’, Beany Boo and Pots of Dreams initiatives


Best Greeting Card Service Based Wholesaler

Archway Cards – Norwich

Budget Greeting Cards – eight branches UK and Eire

Crosswear Trading – Enfield

Jacksons – Sheffield

Merseyside Greeting Cards – Liverpool

WJ Nigh – Isle Of Wight


Greeting Card Retail Employee of the Year

Carol Budd, manager of The Card Hall, Maidstone, Kent

Heather Clarke, senior merchandiser/sales of Ivad Gifts, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Lisa Dean, manager of Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh, Essex

Hilary Hayes, senior sales assistant of Coles of Sidmouth, Sidmouth, Devon

Denise Keers, sales person of Cards 2 Confetti, Brixham, Devon

Tim Reynolds, shop manager of the Medici Gallery, Kensington, London

Susan Robertson, greeting cards & wrap supervisor of  The Mains of Drum, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Sue Williams, retail assistant/buyer of The Hollies Farm Shop, Lower Stretton, Cheshire


Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

There are no finalists in this category as the receipient will be the winner of one of the other award categories.


All Retas finalists were decided as a result of an industry-wide poll of greeting card suppliers, reps and agents and validated by a panel of experts.

This year The Retas Awards will take on an ‘Enchanted Tails’ animal and woodland beasts themed ball event at The Dorchester Hotel in London on Wednesday July 12, when this year’s winners will be unveiled.

For more information on The Retas Awards and to book tickets, please see

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