Waves Of Joy From The Henries’ Finalists

Let’s face it, there has not been a surfeit of good news of late, so when 70 greeting card publishers discovered recently that their card and wrap ranges had made it into the finals of The Henries, or that they themselves were highlighted as one of the Most Promising Young Designers in the whole UK card industry (https://www.pgbuzz.net/its-official-the-henries-2020-product-finalists-are-revealed/), there were some understandable delightful proclamations.

And these waves of unadulterated positivity deserve to be shared, so submit to the joy…

“Absolutely thrilled to find out that Paperwhale is one of the Henries 2020 Finalists for ‘The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award’. Thanks so much to all the judges who voted for us! Time to do a happy dance!” – Lianne Harrison, founder of Paperwhale Cards & Paper Goods

“We are so thrilled to be nominated in Best Children’s and Best Cute categories – and that our newest member of the design team – Rachel Burt has also been nominated for the Most Promising Young Designer Award!

The news tied in perfectly for returning to work in the studio this week (at a social distance of course) so it was lovely to be able to read the nominations all together. We couldn’t do the usual hugs and hi-fives but treated ourselves to some chocolate instead!” – Anna Price, head of design of Hotchpotch

Click below to see how thrilled Hotchpotch’s Anna Price and Rachel Burt are at reaching the finals.

“We’re jumping up and down at a socially responsible distance from one another here at Wrendale HQ – after a difficult year full of ups and downs this is a particularly special nomination and it’s times like this that make it all worth it!” – Hannah Dale, founder and creative director of Wrendale Designs

“‘I’m blown away that we are nominated again and very happy for the team, it’s brilliant news xx” – Rachel Hare, managing director of Belly Button Designs

“So excited to read this news! Really happy to be nominated in these categories and very grateful for the support of an amazing industry!” – Rosie Harrison, founder of Rosie Made A Thing

Above: A social media post from Rosie Made A Thing.
Above: A social media post from Rosie Made A Thing.

“I am truly speechless. My Softly Spoken range is very close to my heart, designed after a difficult start to the year before we even knew Covid was coming, so I am delighted that it resonates with the judges. And a real affirmation after a relatively short time in business. Have you spotted how many Ladder Clubbies are in the Henries mix?!” – Emma Bryan, founder of Emma Bryan Designs

Click below to see a cute little video from Emma Bryan.

“We are thrilled to hear that our Dad’s Army greeting card range is a finalist in the Best Licensed Range category for these prestigious industry awards. It is wonderful to see this official humour range receive industry recognition and we have our fingers crossed for when the winners are announced in December.” – Dan Grant, licensing director of Danilo Promotions

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive a nomination for Best Photographic Range for our ever-popular BBC Springwatch collection.” – Liz Ellis, studio manager of Abacus Cards

“Fantastic news!  Really chuffed- week made. I think 5 (6 if you include Best Service) is the most we’ve ever been nominated for!” – James Mace, sales and marketing manager of The Art File

Click below to see a message from Ged Mace, managing director of The Art File

“Well, the news was like a whirlwind through the office, everyone was ecstatic and it definitely topped off the week with a buzzing bang!!!!!

Alex Gunn, in-house designer for Ling was over the moon to reach the finals in the Best Young Designer category and couldn’t quite believe it…think it took a good day to sink in, quite overwhelmed. We are all super proud of Alex, she is always so positive, engaging and enthusiastic about everything that she does. Alex puts her heart and soul into her creations as do all our other designers and artists in the business so truly deserves the recognition.

It is a great achievement for artists and designers to be recognised for their efforts and talent as they have studied hard to get where they are in the industry.” – Clare Twigger, head of design of Ling Design

“What fantastic news! We are all absolutely over the moon having been nominated for the finals of The Henries. It is lovely that the awards are going ahead, though in a different format, with the online entering and judging. Fingers crossed for the awards ceremony!” – Fiona Buszard, creative director of Simon Elvin

Click below to see the happy bunch at Simon Elvin.

“I am over the moon to see that we are finalists in the traditional words category in The Henries awards.” – Sarah-Jayne Mercer, founder of Seedlings Cards & Gifts

“My team and I are over the moon to have reached the finals of the Henries Awards 2020. We have only been in the greeting card industry six years and have always followed the awards, so to actually be a part of it this year is an absolute pleasure.” Vicki Gratton, founder of Filthy Sentiments

“All of us at Peartree Heybridge along with Sarah Boddy, the artist of the Camilla & Rose range, are so excited and thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘Best Lockdown Range’ category. Camilla & Rose continues to be a leading humour range and Sarah keeps coming up with fantastic new designs as she did during lockdown. Thank you to the judges for selecting us as a finalist!” – John Partridge, co-founder of Peartree Heybridge

Above: A post from Sarah Boddy, the artist behind Camilla & Rose.
Above: A post from Sarah Boddy, the artist behind Camilla & Rose.

“Such exciting news! I’m so thrilled to have made it to the finals for a second year. Last year’s event was so exciting. I still feel fairly new to the greeting card industry as I’ve only sold to trade since 2019, so to be recognised in such an amazing and talented industry is so overwhelming. I’m in a tough category with some fantastic people, but I feel thrilled to be there alongside them.” – Thea Musselwhite, founder of Bold & Bright

“We’re truly humbled to have been recognised in such a competitive category and alongside exciting work by fellow publishers we’ve long admired.” – David Falkner, one of the three owners of Cardology

Click below to hear Cardology’s David Falkner’s message of thanks…

“We’re so happy! This is the third year in a row we’ve been short-listed and the novelty has definitely not worn off! We’re really proud of our Millennial Wisdom range, so we’re delighted the judges liked it too! We really appreciate the judging panel and organisers giving up their time to make The Henries 2020 happen, despite such tough and uncertain times for all concerned.” – Laura Harvey and Jack Thorpe, co-owners of Paper Plane

“Being up against some big boys in the same category, this is an absolute honour! I am really pleased that the judges recognised the skill and craftsmanship that goes into making my range of papers and what makes them unique and different.” – Rani Moochhala, founder of Paper Mirchi

“Wonderfully unexpected news in a time of craziness. The double nomination is the icing on the cake!” – Becky Dobson, director of Glick

Above: A celebratory social media post from Glick.
Above: A celebratory social media post from Glick.

“Hooray! What fantastic news! We’re thrilled and delighted that Curious World has made it to the Henries finals. Fingers crossed that this is the silver lining to 2020!” – Kate Jamieson, creative editor of Icon

An announcement is imminent about how The Henries winners will be revealed.


Top: A still from the little film Emma Bryan made to mark her range reaching The Henries’ finals.


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