The Card Collection

Congratulations to all those greeting card retailers who have been shortlisted for the RETAs awards.

The London shortlist includes The Card Collection in East Molesey, which features in our Shop Talk section in the latest edition of Greetings Today, and our Diary of a Card Shop columnists The Medici Galllery.

Also shortlisted are Best Wishes of Bishop’s Waltham – owners Russell and Yvonne Payne feature on our website as they were treated to a VIP visit to the Palace of Westminster by their local MP after winning a local best retailer award.

The owner of Scottish finalist Paper Tiger – Michael Apter – is our retail interview for this issue – read all about the ethos of the shops and how they strive to be part of the community.

The finalists will be announced at the awards on 7 July.

The full list of finalists are:

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer 


The Card Collection, East Molesey

Diverse, Brixton

Earlybird, Stoke Newington

The Indigo Tree, Crystal Palace and Streatham

Medici Gallery, Kensington

With Best Wishes, Orpington

Home Counties and South East

Best Wishes, Bishop’s Waltham

Dee’s Cards, Leighton Buzzard

Etcetera, Hitchin

Milarkey, Brighton

Panda Cards, St Albans

Red Card, Petworth

East Anglia

The Card Centre, Felixstowe

Cards n Things, Hellesdon

Deck of Cards, Kings Lynn

The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, Ely

Sincerely Yours, Hornchurch and Shenfield

Taylor’s Cards, Debden

South West

Cranbornes, Shaftesbury and Dorchester

Just Cards, Honiton

Kingfisher Cards, Sidmouth

Paper Gangsta, Bristol

Sky, Clifton

Southbourne Cards, Southbourne

Wales and the Midlands

Austin & Co, Malvern

Bentleys and Maddison, Harborne, Solihull and Stourport on Severn

Daisy Chain, Stratford upon Avon

Hugs and Kisses, Tettenhall

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn

Wishes & Kisses, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield

North and Northern Ireland

Bailey’s, Ainsdale, Crosby and Maghull

Cards & Gifts, Dronfield

Design @ Six, Wetherby

Oklahoma, Manchester

Reflections, Rugeley and Nantwich

Sweethearts, Hull


Bijou and JP Pozzi, Elgin and Buckie

The Gift Box, Peebles

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

Pencil Me In, Elgin

Penny Black, Glasgow

Pippin, Edinburgh

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch

The Gift Box, Leeds

HBB Cards, Newport Pagnell

Magical Moments, Wombwell

Maybugs, Eastbourne and Hailsham

Party Box, Telford

Stationery House, Clevedon

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Blandfords, Broadway, Hereford and Ledbury

Bookends, Christchurch

Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance

Harbour Books, Kingsbridge

Regency Books, Surbiton

Sevenoaks Bookshop, Sevenoaks

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards 


Cloud 9, Edinburgh

In Heaven At Home, Market Harborough

Stationery Supplies, Marple and Wilmslow

The Lambing Shed, Knutsford Supplies

Utility, Liverpool and Manchester

Write Here, Shrewsbury


Figgins, Frome

French Grey Interiors, five stores in the South West

Kondi Gifts, Bristol

MiMi, Hartley Witney

Mooch, four shops in Ealing and Fulham

No. 14, Ampthill

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple 

Between The Lines

Henry & Co/Penmark

House of Cards


Temptation Gifts

Zo & Co

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Fortnum & Mason

Harveys of Halifax



John Lewis & Partners

Morley Group

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards






Waitrose & Partners

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Card Factory

Cards Direct

Cards Galore





Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Lark London

Oliver Bonas

The Range




Best Greeting Card Wholesaler

Archway Cards, Norwich

BGC Wholesale

CAPS, Bury

Crosswear Trading, Enfield

Greetings House, Walsall

Jackson’s, Sheffield

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards, Independent (1-4 centres)

Burford Garden Company, Burford

Fron Goch, Caernarfon

Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

Highfield Garden World, Whitminster

Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Taunton

Yarnton Home & Garden, Yarnton

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards, Multiple or group (5+ centres)

Blue Diamond Group



Klondyke & Strikes


RHS Garden Centres

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative

Austin & Co, Malvern, for its Christmas Thinking of You Campaign

Chirpy, Chapel Allerton, for its Card Bundle Programme

Earlybird, Stoke Newington, for its Small Acts of Sustainability Campaign

No. 14, Ampthill, for its Ukraine Fundraising campaign

Sainsbury’s, for its Design A Card for Black History Month Competition

Stationery Supplies, Marple and Wilmslow, for its Giving Back Charity Programme

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