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Winners of The RETAS 2015

retasGifts & Greetings Review was delighted to attend The RETAS awards for excellence in greeting card retailing, held at The Dorchester hotel in London on Wednesday July 8 and organised by Max Publishing.

We were happy guests of i2i Events Group, organiser of Spring and Autumn Fair and sponsor of the category for Best Newcomer or New Branch – South. The award was won by Rhymes With Orange, London.

Other prominent winners on this lovely day out were Sarah and Paul Henderson, owners of the 3 Wishes stores which scooped the top award of Greeting Card Retailer of the Year, having already won the accolade for Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4 – 20 stores). The couple own shops in Lymington, West Moors, Verwood and Ringwood.

The rest of the winners are as follows:

Greeting Card Retail Employee of the Year – Kerry Young, Thoughtful Expressions, Holt, Norfolk

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – East Anglia – Just Cards, St Ives, Cambs

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – Home Counties – Box Of Delights, Flitwick

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – London – Postmark Cards, Balham

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – North & Northern Ireland – Unit 7 & Presentation

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – Scotland – Clocktower Cards, Lerwick

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – South West – Tidings Cards, Cirencester

Greeting Card Retailer of the Year – Wales & The Midlands – Something Special, Prestatyn and Mold

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – South – Rhymes With Orange, London

Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer or New Branch – North – Penny Black, Glasgow

Best Independent Bookstore Retailer Of Greeting Cards – The Book Shop, Loughton

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer Of Greeting Cards – North – Harriet And Dee, Didsbury

Best Non-Specialist Independent Retailer of Greeting Cards – South – Calladoodles, Carshalton

Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (4-20 Stores) – 3 Wishes, Lymington, West Moors, Verwood & Ringwood

Best Department Store Retailer Of Greeting Cards – Barkers, Northallerton

Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards – Asda

Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Greetings Cards (4+ stores) -Oliver Bonas

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Greeting Cards (20+ stores) – Scribbler

Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Greeting Cards – Frosts

Best Greeting Card Initiative – House Of Cards for their Ladder Club initiative

Best Greeting Card Wholesaler – Greetings House, Walsall