The Retas Awards 2016 - The Finalists and Sponsors


Greeting Card Retail Employee of the Year


Finalists 2017
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


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Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - London


Finalists 2017
The Cherry Tree - East Finchley
Hallmark - Hornchurch
Nor - West Norwood
Northwood Cards & Gifts - Northwood
Postmark – Greenwich
With Best Wishes - Petts Wood

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Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Home Counties


Finalists 2017
The Card Hall – Maidstone
Dee's Cards – Leighton Buzzard
Paddock Wood Cards – Paddock Wood
SWALK – Lindfield
Threads - Harpenden
Zest - Crowborough

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Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - East Anglia


Finalists 2017
First Class Greetings and Plum Green - Hadleigh
Love It! – Stamford and Bury St Edmunds
Pedlar’s Gold – Fakenham
Mackenzies Cards – Gainsborough
Snape Maltings – Aldeburgh
Spots - Southwold

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Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - South West


Finalists 2017
By The Way – Bradford On Avon
The Card Collection – Bath
Celebrations – Waterlooville and Eastleigh
Coles Of Sidmouth – Sidmouth
Expressions - Swindon
Paper Gangsta – Bristol

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Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Wales and the Midlands


Finalists 2017
Celebrations – Stourbridge
Doodlebug – Cwmbran
Sentiments – Whitchurch
Something Special – Kingswinford
Special Occasions – Castle Bromwich
The Tutbury Present Company – Tutbury

Sponsored by Second Nature
Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - North and Northern Ireland


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by UK Greetings
Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Scotland


Finalists 2017
Blueberry - Musselburgh
CloudyBlue – Aberdeen
JP Pozzi and Bijou – Buckie and Elgin
Kairds - Kirkwall
Papyrus - Glasgow
Polka Dot – Dumfries

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Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer Or New Branch – South


Finalists 2017
Ceri Jam - Warwick
Expressions - Broadstairs
Ohh Deer - Ipswich and Loughborough
Paper Turtle - Lewes
Peppertrees - Northampton
Sweet Autumn - Buckingham

Sponsored by Ascential
Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer Or New Branch – North


Finalists 2017
Baileys Cards & Gifts (Hallmark) - Ainsdale
Card Heaven – Mexborough
Celebrations - Kirkham
The Hummingbird at Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury
Joy! - Heswall
Zo & Co – Knutsford

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Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications
Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - North


Finalists 2017
Cloud 9 – Edinburgh
Gee Tees - Wigan
Give the Dog a Bone - York
The Hollies Farm Shop - Tarporley
Paper Moon - Dore
Proudfoots - Scarborough

Sponsored by Hammond Gower
Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - South


Finalists 2017
The Alphabet Gift Shop - Burton-On-Trent and Mickleover
Berts Homestores - Brighton
Darts Farm Shop – Topsham
Farrants - Cobham
Little Boat Gifts – Brightlingsea
Loveone - Ipswich

Sponsored by Pigment Productions
Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 Branches)


Finalists 2017
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

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Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards


Finalists 2017
Barkers – Northallerton
Bentalls – Kingston
Fenwicks Of Colchester – Colchester
Harrods – London
John Lewis – 29 stores
Selfridges – Oxford Street, Manchester and Birmingham

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Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards


Finalists 2017
Asda
Co-Op
Morrisons
Sainsbury’s
Tesco
Waitrose

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


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by Carte blanche
Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (20+ branches)


Finalists 2017
Card Factory – 850+ stores
Cards Galore – 46 stores
Cardzone – 100+ stores
Clintons – 400+ stores
Paperchase – 130+ stores
Scribbler – 34 stores

Sponsored by Paperlink
Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by Noel Tatt Group
Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by Danilo
Best Greeting Card Wholesaler


Finalists 2017
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

Sponsored by Sensations International Ltd & Xpress Yourself
Greeting Card Retailer of the Year


Finalists 2017
To be announced at The Retas Awards.

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