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Industry Awards

All about the card and gift industry awards we have won in the past!

House of Cards have been nominated for, and won many prestigious awards over their many years of trading. We are proud to have been a finalist for a Reta award every year since they began in 2005! 

2018 saw House of Cards win the highly coveted award at The Retas for "Best Small Multiple Retailer" !
Finalist in "Best Small Multiple" and "Best Retail Initiave" for our Ladder Club promotion
Finalist for "Best Small Multiple" and "Best Retail Initiative" for our 25th Anniversary promotion
  2015 saw House of Cards win the highly coveted award at The Retas for "Best Greeting Card Retailer Initiative" for it's Ladder Club initiative. Part of the celebrations around House of Cards 25th Anniversary, the initiative gave some valuable retail exposure and raised money for The Children’s Trust charity to boot. The Ladder Club was launched over sixteen years ago by Lynn Tait as a not for profit initiative to help budding greeting card publishers who are thinking of 'stepping' onto the greeting card 'ladder' and this clever concept from House of Cards was a highly regarded scheme which benefitted Ladder Club members as well as raising money for charity.


  This was our 9th year of being nominated for the highly coveted Reta for "Best Small Multiple"



The Retas this year took on a 1920s Great Gatsby theme and was hosted by celebrity and comedian Henning Wehn. We were delighted to yet again be nominated for two Retas: "Best Small Multiple" and "Best Retail Initiative". We took home the award for Best Small Multiple and enjoyed the celebrations at The Dorchester in London!


  House of Cards is one of the best greeting card retailers in the UK – it’s official! All the finalists in this years Reta awards for retail categories were arrived at as a result of huge nationwide nomination process. Earlier in the year, UK greeting card publishers, card reps and agents nominated the retailers that they felt to be the worthy winners in each of the categories. House of Cards beat off the competition to become a finalist in the Best Small Multiple award and although we didn't win the award, we were thrilled to take part and attend the awards ceremony, held in The Dorchester in London with a theme of Hollywood Classics.


  This year House of Cards were nominated for two Retas: "Best Small Multiple" and "Best Retail Initiative" (with our Waldo Pancake promotion)!


  At the 2010 Retas, House of Cards was nominated for “Best Greeting Card Small Multiple” and “Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer Initiative”. We were the proud recipients of the latter award for our 20th anniversary promotion, which took place in April and raised close to £3000 for charities local to our branches. To find out more, please visit the 20th anniversary celebration page and the charity work page.



In 2009, House of Cards was nominated for 2 awards at The Retas: “Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (5-25 branches)” and “Best Greeting Card Retail Initiative”. The ceremony was held at The Dorchester in July and we were delighted to receive the “Best Greeting Card Small Multiple” award!

House of Cards was a finalist in The Greats this year, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater, nominated for “Best Multiple Retailer of Gifts”.


  In 2008 House of Cards was nominated for 2 awards at The Retas: “Best Greeting Card Small Multiple (5-25 branches)” and “Best Greeting Card Retail Initiative”.


  In 2007 we were delighted to be invited to attend The Retas once again. The Casablanca-themed event, held at the beautiful Savoy Hotel in the Strand, London, was presented by Progressive Greetings, a leading greeting card trade magazine, and sponsored by a host of well-known card publishers. All the branch managers went along and, having been nominated for three awards, House of Cards was delighted to receive two: "Best Greeting Card Initiative or Display" and "Independent Greeting Card Retailer of the Year" - a highly coveted award!


  We were thrilled to be nominated for another Reta award this year; "Best Small Multiple" The competition was tough and sadly we didn't win the award but enjoyed our second year attending the ceremony and supporting our competitors.


  In 2005 House of Cards attended the first year of “The Retas”, a glamorous event that mirrors the Brit Awards in the greeting card retailers’ world.  We were incredibly proud to be awarded with the “Best Small Multiple Group in the UK” award!

awards photos