Leeds based QLM Hallmark is one of the best card retailers in the UK, having reached the finals in The Retas 2019 greeting card retailer awards.
The Retas Awards, now in their 15th year, were launched by Progressive Greetings magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best greeting card retailers across the retail spectrum.
With greeting cards on sale in one in six shops in the UK, reaching the finals of The Retas is a notable achievement.
QLM Hallmark, on Northside Retail Park in Meanwood, stocks approximately 4,500 greeting cards, as well as offering a specialist balloon display service and a large gift range including Yankee , Woodwick and Stoneglow candles, Disney merchandise, Peter Rabbit products, Joma Jewellery and Katie Loxton pouches.
QLM’s founder, Maurice Esofsky, said: “This year we’ve made a significant investment in QLM Hallmark to significantly expand our product range and create an exceptional retail environment. It’s proving extremely popular with people shopping for cards, gifts and anyone planning parties and celebrations. To have our efforts recognised by making it to the finals of the Retas is a fantastic endorsement for our business.”
“The sending of greeting cards is an engrained part of UK culture, with the British public spending an unprecedented £1.7 billion on greeting cards in the last year alone,” commented Jakki Brown, editor and co-owner of Progressive Greetings magazine, which organises The Retas Awards. “The nation leads the world in greeting card design and sends more cards per capita – and The Retas Awards celebrate the very finest greeting card retail stockists in the UK.”
All Retas finalists were decided as a result of an industrywide poll of greeting card suppliers, reps and agents and validated by a panel of experts.
The winners of this year’s prestigious Retas 2019 – will be revealed at an Awards lunch at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on Wednesday 10th July.
The Awards recognise and celebrate the top independent and multiple greeting card retailers regionally and nationally, as well as outstanding retail employees.
These dedicated awards for retailers have risen immeasurably in status over the last decade and are now universally acknowledged as being true accolades of excellence.