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The Retas Awards 2018 - Winners and Finalists

The Retas Awards 2018 WinnersCongratulations to all of the finalists and winners of the Retas Awards 2018 celebrating Greeting Card Retailing in the UK. We would especially like to thank all of you who stock our cards! We consider ourselves very privileged to be serving such a fine host of retailers.

The Retas Awards 2018 Winners and Finalists are

Jan Dowell, manager of three Card Factory stores, Merry Hill shopping centre, Birmingham won Greeting Card Retail Employee of the Year

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

Paperchase won Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

Northwood Cards & Gifts won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - London (inside the M25)

Finalists 2018
Caxton - Temple Fortune
Medici Gallery - South Kensington
Mooch - Ealing
Moments - Wanstead
My Favourite Things - Raynes Park

Cardies - Stevenage won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Home Counties

Finalists 2018
Card Shack - Broadstairs
Creased Cards - Brighton
Moda - Folkestone
Nest at No 9 - Olney
White Mint -Berkhamsted and St Albans

Snape Maltings - Aldeburgh won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - East Anglia

Finalists 2018
Cards R Us - South Woodham Ferrers
The Card Shop - Norwich
Celebrations Hallmark - Aylsham
The House Of Cards - Lincoln
The Olive Branch - Billericay and Brentwood

Southbourne Cards - Bournemouth won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - South West

Finalists 2018
Just Cards - Honiton
Lorelei - Truro
Occasional Cards - Kingsbridge
Paper Moon - Sidmouth
Romantica - three stores in Bristol

The Little Card & Gift Company - Newport won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Wales and the Midlands

Finalists 2018
Austin & Co - Malvern
Celebrations - Stourbridge
Nest - Leicester
Paperweight - Cardiff
You - Stamford

Hallmark Widnes - Widnes won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - North and Northern Ireland

Finalists 2018
Just For You - Belfast
RBUK - Rochdale
Reflections - Nantwich
Sincerely Yours - Warrington
Thinking Of You - Denby Dale

Kairds - Kirkwall won Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Scotland

Finalists 2018
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

Bromley & Co - Ipswich won Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer Or New Branch - South

Finalists 2018
Cat's Whiskers - Bishops Cleeve
Mustard - Oadby
Objectables - Folkestone
Paper Turtle - Lewes
Wave - Bungay

Baileys Cards & Gifts (Hallmark) - Ainsdale won Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch North

Finalists 2018
Best Wishes - Garstang
Cards & Gifts - Sheffield
West Kirby Cards - Wirral
Holly Blue - Saltburn By The Sea
Pencil Me In - Elgin

Gerrards Cross & Chorleywood Bookshops won Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Finalists 2018
Carnforth Bookshop - Carnforth
Daunt Books - eight stores
Diss Publishing Bookshop - Diss
The Guisborough Bookshop - Guisborough
Wimbledon Books - Wimbledon

Blaby Post Office - Blaby won Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - North

Finalists 2018
The Apple Tree Gift Shop & Teahouse - Ockbrook
Church Gallery - Kirkby Stephen
Gift + Home - Altrincham and Hale
Oklahoma - Manchester
QLM House & Home - Leeds

Cadeaux & Co - Chipping Sodbury and Wells won Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards - South

Finalists 2018
Darts Farm Shop - Topsham
Fourteen Lifestyle - Stroud
Ginger Fig - Taunton
In Heaven At Home - Market Harborough
Newport Pagnell Post Office - Newport Pagnell

House of Cards won Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 stores)

Finalists 2018
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

Morley Group won Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Finalists 2018
Atkinsons - Sheffield
Barkers - Northallerton
Bentalls - Kingston
Fenwicks of Newcastle - Newcastle
John Lewis - 50 stores

Sainsbury's won Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards

Finalists 2018

Gee Tee's won Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards (4+ stores)

Finalists 2018
Marks & Spencer -1000+ stores nationwide
National Trust - 200+ stores nationwide
Oliver Bonas - 70 stores nationwide
Waterstones - 250+ stores nationwide
WHSmith - 611 stores nationwide

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

Finalists 2018
Cards Direct - 20+ stores
Card Factory - 900+ stores
Cards Galore - 50 stores
Cardzone Group -100+ stores
Scribbler -34 stores

Garsons - Esher and Titchfield won Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards

Finalists 2018
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

Blue Rose Gifts & Balloons, Heywood - for its 1940s celebration and Armed Forces Day initiative won Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Finalists 2018
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

Jacksons - Sheffield won Best Greeting Card Service Based Wholesaler

Finalists 2018
Archway Cards - Norwich
Budget Greeting Cards - eight branches UK and Eire
Crosswear Trading - Enfield
Greetings House - Walsall
Paul White Group - Gateshead, Leeds, Nottingham

Now in their fourteenth year, The Retas Awards are established in recognition of the tremendous contribution that retailers - both large and small - make to the success of the greeting card industry. Launched by Progressive Greetings magazine in 2005, The Retas Awards recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple greeting card retailers regionally and nationally, but also the new generation of retailers as well as employees of outstanding excellence.

This year the Retas Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of greeting card retailing, was held at at an oceanic "into the blue" themed luncheon at at The Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday 11th July, where the Retas Awards 2018 winners were announced by comedian Tania Edwards. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

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