The only awards that celebrate greeting card retailing in the ukThe Retas were launched by Progressive Greetings magazine as an annual awards programme in 2005, in recognition of the tremendous contribution that retailers both large and small, make to the success of the greeting card industry.
Recognising and celebrating not only the top independent and multiple specialist greeting card retailers regionally and nationally, The Retas awards also fanfare the many different types of retailers who do a fabulous job on the greeting card front – from supermarkets to department stores, gift shops to garden centres.
Retailers were encouraged to submit entries about their shop(s) while publishers, reps and agents were urged to send in nominations for retailers they each felt have excelled over the last year ensuring that even the shyest of card retailing heroes were recognised.
The winners were unveiled at a lavish afternoon awards event on Thursday 6 July, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. This year, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Retas 2023 took on a Van Gogh theme. Some 400 members of greeting card community were together for an afternoon of celebration and camaraderie!