The UK leads the world in greeting cards, both in design and per capita send – The Henries awards celebrate this pre-eminence.

Named after Sir Henry Cole (who introduced the first commercially produced Christmas card in 1843), The Henries were introduced by Progressive Greetings Worldwide magazine in 1996 as annual awards to shine the spotlight on greeting card ranges.

The Henries Awards are the ultimate accolades in greeting card publishing, and each year some 14,000 cards are entered! The Henries award categories span the whole gamut of greeting card publishing, from humour to cute, art to handmade and everything in between.

 The majority of the awards categories are for card ranges that have either been launched in the preceding year or for new designs to an existing range. The Henries awards are open to all publishers (or UK distributors), from the largest multi-national to the smallest one-man band. Entry is totally free of charge.

All entries this year were submitted online and were all judged by an extensive panel comprising top retail buyers from right across the retail spectrum including specialist multiples, design-led independents, small groups, department store selectors, supermarket buyers etc. 

For the first time, leading overseas greeting card distributors and select wholesalers were also invited to join the judging panel for The Henries 2021.

The Henries 2021 Awards ‘Big Night

While last year’s Henries awards event had to take place digitally, this year the industry’s ‘big night’ was back as an ‘all singing, all dancing’ real live extravaganza that  brought the greeting card community together for a fabulous evening of celebration and camaraderie.

Taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Thursday 7 October 2021, The Henries 2021 awards event was attended by some 500 members of the greeting card community. The Boogie Wonderland theme for the event this year added to the incredibly positive vibe – everyone was just so happy to be together!

The widespread support for The Henries 2021 from the whole industry is evidenced by the stellar line-up of sponsors, which include many leading trade suppliers, retailers, exhibition organisers and the GCA.

 Hooray for The Henries – awards that do the industry proud!

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