Sarah Laker

Congratulations to all the finalists in the 2023 Retas Awards. 

Among them is Creative Cove in Lampeter, Wales, and Stationery Supplies in Cheshire – whose respective owners Sandra Jervis and Sarah Laker (pictured above) talk about the London Stationery Show in the latest issue of Greetings Today – and Hugs and Kisses in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, which appears in our Shop Talk feature.

Also included is WHSmith, whose online trading manager Amanda Corrigan talks to us in our retail interview.

Read all about them in Greetings Today.

The winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on July 6.

The full line-up of finalists is…

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – London

Diverse, Brixton

Earlybird Designs, Stoke Newington

Gift, Crouch End

Medici Gallery, Kensington

Mooch, Ealing and Fulham

Snap, Bow

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Home Counties

Cards 4 Occasions, Hayling Island

Joyce’s Best Wishes, Lingfield

Maddy Moos, Totton

Objectables, Folkestone

Red Card, Petworth

Threads, Harpenden 

Zest, Crowbridge

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – East Anglia

The Card Centre, Felixstowe

Cards ‘n’ Things, Norwich

The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, Ely

Just Cards and Abigail’s Cards & Gifts, Norwich and Dereham

LoveOne, Ipswich

Sincerely Yours, Hornchurch and Shenfield

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – South West

Bazaar, Barnstaple

The Card Collection, Bath and Shaftesbury

Kingfisher Cards & Gifts, Sidmouth

PaperGangsta, Bristol

Stationery House & Gifts, Somerton and Clevedon

Tickles & Co, Wimborne

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Wales 

Card Value, Merthyr Tydfil

The Celtic Company, Welshpool

Charlton Cards, Tenby

Creative Cove, Lampeter

Daisy Daisy, Llanishen

Halls, Llanduff

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – The Midlands

Austin & Co, Malvern

Bentleys and Maddison, Birmingham, Harborne, Solihull and Stourport-on-Severn

Hugs & Kisses, Tettenhall

Set Design, Leicester

Something Special, Kingswinford

Wishes & Kisses, Boldmere and Solihull

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North West England and Northern Ireland 

Bailey’s, Ainsdale, Crosby and Maghull

Bus Stop Cards and Gifts, Castlederg

Celebrations, Carlisle

The Gift Box, Hoole

Reflections, Nantwich and Rugeley

Wishes of Cockermouth, Cockermouth

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – North East England

Artichoke, Tynemouth

Cards & Gifts, Dronfield

Castle Cards, Barnard Castle

Design@Six, Wetherby

Serendipity, Newcastle

Thinking of You, Denby Dale

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer – Scotland

Gibsons, Haddington

The Gift Boutique, Fraserburgh

JP Pozzi and Bijou, Buckie and Elgin

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

Pencil Me In, Elgin

Penny Black, Glasgow

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer 

The Beverley Card Company, Beverley

Cards & Moor, Yelverton

Dolly Daydream, Presteigne

Jelly Armchair, Cheltenham

Occasions, Jersey

The Paper Collective, Belper

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards

Barnes Bookshop, Barnes

Bookends, Christchurch

Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood

Guisborough Bookshop, Guisborough

The Hedgehog Bookshop, Penrith

Regency Bookshop, Surbiton

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – North

Archerfield Walled Garden Shop, Dirleton

The Hollies, Little Budworth and Lower Stretton

Mooch, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn

Nest, Broughton Astley, Stoneygate, Thurlaston 

Stationery Supplies, Marple and Wilmslow

Utility, Liverpool and Manchester

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South

The Bay Tree Home & Gift, Devizes and Marlborough

Dart’s Farm, Topsham

Lark, London and Woking

MiMi, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

Natsons, Barnes

No.14 Ampthill, Ampthill

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (5-20 stores)

3 Wishes, five stores in the south

Between the Lines, 17 stores in the south

Henry & Co, nine stores in the Midlands

House of Cards, seven stores in the Home Counties

Postmark, 14 stores in London, Birmingham and soon Glasgow

Temptations, seven stores in the Home Counties

Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards

Atkinsons, Sheffield

Barkers of Northallerton, Northallerton

Daniels, Windsor

Elphicks, Farnham

John Lewis & Partners

Morleys Group, eight stores in the south


Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards






Waitrose & Partners

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards

Marks & Spencer

National Trust

Oliver Bonas

The Range



Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards 

Cards Direct

Cards Galore




Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Independent

Bents, Warrington

Burford Garden Centre, Burford

Garsons Farm, Esher and Titchfield

The Grange Garden Centre, Melton Mowbray

Highfield Garden World, Whitminster

Stewarts, Broomhill, Christchurch and Titchfield

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple or group

Blue Diamond, 40+ centres nationwide

Haskins, five centres in the south

Longacres, five centres in the south

Klondyke/Strikes, 22 centres across the UK

Notcutts, 19 centres across the UK

RHS, five centres across the UK

Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative 

Austin & Co, Malvern – Nessa’s Christmas Dog Food Drive

Expressions, Swindon – Scouts Post engagement

House of Cards, Home Counties – Thinking of You Week activities

Milford Cards & Gifts – Turkey Earthquake Appeal acivity

Nickery Nook, Bedale – upcycling cards programme

Stationery Supplies, Marple and Wilmslow – Festive Friday Design a Christmas Card Competition

Swagger, Chipping Sodbury – charity Swagbags

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler 

Archway Cards, Norwich


CAPS, Bury

Crosswear Trading, Enfield

Greetings House, Walsall

Jackson’s, Sheffield

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