Card Connection is one of the UK’s largest card publishers and is the market leader in the franchise distribution of greeting cards. The company was established in 1992 and within a few years grew to be the largest and most successful business supplying greeting cards on a consignment basis.
Viewed as one of the UK’s best run franchise operations, the company has been a full member of the British Franchise Association since 1995. In 2008 Card Connection, became part of UK Greetings Limited (UKG), the UK’s largest card publisher, and the British subsidiary of American Greetings Inc., the world’s largest publicly owned greeting card company. There are 69 Card Connection Franchise owners covering the whole of the UK & Ireland
The role of the franchisee
Using a proven system, franchisees place greeting card ranges in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This means the stock and display equipment is installed on free loan to the retailer. This is one step beyond ‘sale or return’ as Card Connection customers never have to buy the stock in the first place, only paying for what they sell.
The award winning merchandising service provided to retailer by local franchisees is second to none and has established the company’s excellent reputation especially within the convenience sector.
Franchisees tend to visit their customers within their exclusive territory on a monthly basis.
Card Connection franchisees provide bespoke card displays to approximately 12,000 retailers across the UK. These are largely convenience outlets, such as Spar, Budgens, BP and Londis.
Income from Day One
As Card Connection sold its last ‘virgin’ territory over a decade, ALL franchise areas for sale are resales i.e areas currently run by an existing franchisee that are now looking to sell their business. The benefit of buying a Card Connection franchise resale is that you will receive a detailed sales history as well as income from Day 1.
Due to the nature of convenience stores, trading throughout the day and often at night, Card Connection franchise owners can work flexible hours to suite themselves.
Outstanding Product Ranges
Card Connection has produced over 1,200 quality greeting card ranges to cover virtually every style, taste and occasion, including birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Mother and Father’s Days, Valentines and Wedding cards.
Card Connection ranges also include gift wrap and other “impulse buy” gifts. Having such a wide range of cards allows franchisees to adapt their displays to suit the needs of their customers.
How we support you
Card Connection offers a comprehensive training programme which is spread over several weeks and covers every aspect of the business in both the classroom and most importantly in the field.
On an on-going basis, every franchisee is supported by a Regional Sales Manager who provides support and encouragement, as well as genuine business development within their territories.
Franchisees are encouraged to meet regularly, at our annual conference and biannual regional meetings.
Who is ideal for Card Connection?
Card Connection has limited vacancies for franchisees that are keen to run an exciting business. Successful candidtates would ideally have a strong desire to run their own business and are able to take on an existing business and breathe fresh enthusiasm into it.
Because the franchise networks in the UK and Ireland are complete, the available opportunities now consist of acquiring an already-established territory from an existing franchisee. These vary in price according to their level of development, but start at £7,000 (+ stock).
Existing franchises for sale
Card Connnection has a number of existing franchises for sale:
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