Please tell us which greeting card stockists deserve to be recognised

Despite many ongoing challenges, from worries about Royal Mail to cost increases, so many greeting card retailers really have pulled out the stops with their product selection, customer engagement and marketing initiatives and so deserve to have this recognised – The Retas 2024 awards promise to do just that.
If you are a publisher, rep or agent, we would love your nominations for which greeting card retail stockists you feel have excelled in the last year to ensure that the true victors are celebrated.
As the only awards to celebrate greeting card retailing in the UK, The Retas shine a spotlight not only on the best independent and multiple specialist retailers regionally and nationally – including newcomers – but also on non-specialist retailers stocking greeting cards, as well as department stores and garden centres.
While we do encourage retailers to enter their own shops we have found it invaluable to canvass suppliers as to which stockists they feel are a cut above the rest. 

All we need to know from you is the shop’s name, location, the owner’s name and ideally with a brief reason why you think the shop deserves to have their name on a Retas’ trophy in 2024. What have they done to make their shop stand out over the past year?
We’re looking for retail contenders in the following categories, so please nominate which retailers you feel have done a great job over the last year. (Three nominations in each category would be perfect, but please feel free to add in more names if you’d like to).

The award categories for The Retas 2024 are as follows:
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - London
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Home Counties and South East
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - East Anglia
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - South West
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Wales
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Midlands
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - North West and Northern Ireland
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - North East
>Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer - Scotland
>Best Greeting Card Retailer Newcomer
​>Best Department Store Retailer of Greeting Cards
>Best Supermarket Retailer of Greeting Cards
>Best Non-Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards
>Best Independent Non-Specialist Retailer of Greeting Cards - North
>Best Independent Non-Specialist Retailer of Greeting Cards - South
>Best Independent Bookstore Retailer of Greeting Cards
>Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Greeting Cards
>Best Greeting Card Small Multiple
>Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Independent
>Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards – Multiple or group
>Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative
>Best Greeting Card Wholesaler 
>Greeting Card Retailer of the Year

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 28 March, 2024 (while retailers themselves have until 15 April to get their entries in). 

Please nudge your sales teams and agents as soon as possible, and ask them to email their nominations direct to Jakki Brown -
We will then contact the retailers direct to let them know that they have been nominated by one of their suppliers, to encourage them to enter The Retas awards – but rest assured we will not divulge your name or company! 
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