The 2018 Retas Official Winners

The Retas 2018 awards has now taken place and the winners have been announced.

To see all the photos from The Retas 2018 (and download the ones you would like) click here.

Greeting Card Retail Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Hallmark Cards

Winner 2018 - Jan Dowell, manager of three Card Factory stores, Merry Hill shopping centre, Birmingham

Finalists
Emma Guy, sales assistant of Jarrolds, Norwich
Kelly Medgett, store manager of Card Factory, Bluewater shopping centre, Kent
Norma Tomkinson, The Card Room supervisor for Gee Tee's, Westhoughton
Samantha Williams, retail store manager of Blaby Post Office, Blaby
Tracy Wynne, manager of Hallmark, Widnes

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - London

Sponsored by Museums & Galleries and BBC Earth

Winner 2018 - Northwood Cards & Gifts - Northwood

Finalists
Caxton - Temple Fortune
Medici Gallery - South Kensington
Mooch - Ealing
Moments - Wanstead
My Favourite Things - Raynes Park

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Home Counties

Sponsored by Regal Publishing

Winner 2018 - Cardies - Stevenage

Finalists
Card Shack - Broadstairs
Creased Cards - Brighton
Moda - Folkestone
Nest at No 9 - Olney
White Mint -Berkhamsted and St Albans

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - East Anglia

Sponsored by IC&G

Winner 2018 - Snape Maltings - Aldeburgh

Finalists
Cards R Us - South Woodham Ferrers
The Card Shop - Norwich
Celebrations Hallmark - Aylsham
The House Of Cards - Lincoln
The Olive Branch - Billericay and Brentwood

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - South West

Sponsored by Thorntons

Winner 2018 - Southbourne Cards - Bournemouth

Finalists
Just Cards - Honiton
Lorelei - Truro
Occasional Cards - Kingsbridge
Paper Moon - Sidmouth
Romantica - three stores in Bristol

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Wales and the Midlands

Sponsored by Second Nature

Winner 2018 - The Little Card & Gift Company - Newport

Finalists
Austin & Co - Malvern
Celebrations - Stourbridge
Nest - Leicester
Paperweight - Cardiff
You - Stamford

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - North and Northern Ireland

Sponsored by UK Greetings

Winner 2018 - Hallmark Widnes - Widnes

Finalists
Just For You - Belfast
RBUK - Rochdale
Reflections - Nantwich
Sincerely Yours - Warrington
Thinking Of You - Denby Dale

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Scotland

Sponsored by Wendy Jones-Blackett

Winner 2018 - Kairds - Kirkwall

Finalists
Everyone's Designs - Edinburgh
Gibsons of Haddington - Haddington
JP Pozzi and Bijou - Buckie and Elgin
Paper Tiger - two stores in Edinburgh
Top Drawer - St Andrews

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer Or New Branch - South

Sponsored by Spring Fair & Autumn Fair

Winner 2018 - Bromley & Co - Ipswich

Finalists
Cat's Whiskers - Bishops Cleeve
Mustard - Oadby
Objectables - Folkestone
Paper Turtle - Lewes
Wave - Bungay

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch North

Sponsored by Cherry Orchard Publishing

Winner 2018 - Baileys Cards & Gifts (Hallmark) - Ainsdale

Finalists
Best Wishes - Garstang
Cards & Gifts - Sheffield
West Kirby Cards - Wirral
Holly Blue - Saltburn By The Sea
Pencil Me In - Elgin

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sponsored by Woodmansterne Publications

Winner 2018 - Gerrards Cross & Chorleywood Bookshops - Gerrards Cross and Chorleywood

Finalists
Carnforth Bookshop - Carnforth
Daunt Books - eight stores
Diss Publishing Bookshop - Diss
The Guisborough Bookshop - Guisborough
Wimbledon Books - Wimbledon

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - North

Sponsored by Carte Blanche Group

Winner 2018 - Blaby Post Office - Blaby

Finalists
The Apple Tree Gift Shop & Teahouse - Ockbrook
Church Gallery - Kirkby Stephen
Gift + Home - Altrincham and Hale
Oklahoma - Manchester
QLM House & Home - Leeds

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - South

Sponsored by Pigment

Winner 2018 - Cadeaux & Co - Chipping Sodbury and Wells

Finalists
Darts Farm Shop - Topsham
Fourteen Lifestyle - Stroud
Ginger Fig - Taunton
In Heaven At Home - Market Harborough
Newport Pagnell Post Office - Newport Pagnell

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 stores)

Sponsored by The Great British Card Company

Winner 2018 - House of Cards - six stores in the Home Counties

Finalists
3 Wishes - Broadstone, Ferndown, Lymington, Ringwood and Verwood
Between The Lines - 14 stores in the South
Mayther - seven stores in the South
Postmark - five stores in London
Zo & Co - four stores in Greater Manchester and Cheshire

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sponsored by Abacus Cards

Winner 2018 - Morleys Department Store - eight stores

Finalists
Atkinsons - Sheffield
Barkers - Northallerton
Bentalls - Kingston
Fenwicks of Newcastle - Newcastle
John Lewis - 50 stores

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sponsored by Progressive Greetings Live

Winner 2018 - Sainsbury's

Finalists
Asda
Co-Op
Morrisons
Tesco
Waitrose

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (4+ stores)

Sponsored by Tracks Publishing

Winner 2018 - Gee Tee's - five stores in the North

Finalists
Marks & Spencer -1000+ stores nationwide
National Trust - 200+ stores nationwide
Oliver Bonas - 70 stores nationwide
Waterstones - 250+ stores nationwide
WHSmith - 611 stores nationwide

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

Sponsored by Paperlink

Winner 2018 - Paperchase - 130+ stores

Finalists
Cards Direct - 20+ stores
Card Factory - 900+ stores
Cards Galore - 50 stores
Cardzone Group - 100+ stores
Scribbler - 34 stores

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards

Sponsored by Noel Tatt

Winner 2018 - Garsons - Esher and Titchfield

Finalists
British Garden Centres - 10 branches nationwide
Hawley Garden Centre - Dartford
Klondyke & Strikes - 22 garden centres
Longacres - Bagshot, Bybrook Barn, Chobham and Shepperton
Thurrock Garden Centre - Ockenden

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Sponsored by Danilo

Winner 2018 - Blue Rose Gifts & Balloons, Heywood - for its 1940s celebration and Armed Forces Day initiative

Finalists
Calliope Gifts, Alton, Dorking and Haywards Heath - for its Thinking of You Week initiative
Dragonfly Cards & Gifts, Knaresborough - for its Thank You Teacher initiative
Ohh Deer, Ipswich - for its Creative Corner
Scribbler - for its Valentine's Speed Dating Event
Wishes of Cudworth - for its Cudworth Bunny Trail

Best Greeting Card Service Based Wholesaler

Sponsored by Xpress Yourself/Sensations

Winner 2018 - Jacksons - Sheffield

Finalists
Archway Cards - Norwich
Budget Greeting Cards - eight branches UK and Eire
Crosswear Trading - Enfield
Greetings House - Walsall
Paul White Group - Gateshead, Leeds, Nottingham

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by The Art File

Winner 2018 - Paperchase