Card Connection Franchise

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Card Connection offer an established customer base and business from Day 1

If you are looking to be your own boss and run your own business then franchising with Card Connection may be right route into business for you.

There are many benefits in doing so. Ethical franchisors, like Card Connection, provide you with a tried-and-tested business model, a highly reputed and established brand name, and all the tools your franchise will need to thrive.

Card Connection only offer established franchise businesses for sale (resales), so you will receive an income from day 1, as well as detailed sales history.

Join an industry leader

Established in 1992, Card Connection is one of the UK’s largest card publishers and is the market leader in the franchise distribution of greeting cards.

Card Connection was awarded Full membership to the British Franchise Association in 1995 and is viewed as one of the UK’s best run franchise operations. Latterly, in 2008, Card Connection became part of UK Greetings Limited (UKG), one of the UK’s largest card publishers, as well as the British subsidiary of American Greetings Inc., the world’s largest publicly owned greeting card company.

Currently Card Connection franchisees provide bespoke card displays to approximately 12,000 outlets/retailers throughout the UK. These are largely convenience outlets, such as Spar, Budgens, BP and Londis…to name but a few.

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How does our unique distribution system work?

Using a proven system, franchisees place greeting card ranges in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis, which 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 our franchisees provide is second to none; we are proud of Card Connection’s excellent reputation within the convenience sector.

Due to the nature of convenience stores, trading throughout the day and often at night, Card Connection franchise owners can work flexible hours to suit themselves. Franchisees tend to visit their customers within their exclusive territory on a monthly basis to maintain or replenish stock.

What do I get for my investment?

When franchisees invest in our brand, we walk with them every step of the way. You would undertake a comprehensive training programme over several weeks, which covers every aspect of the business in both the classroom and, most importantly, in the field.

>In addition to this training, you would be supported by a Regional Sales Manager on an on-going basis who will provide you with additional support and encouragement, as well as genuine business development within their territories.

As a franchisee within the Card Connection network you are encouraged to meet regularly with other franchise owners at our biannual regional meetings to share helpful experiences and best practice.

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Existing franchises for sale

Card Connection has a number of existing franchises for sale:

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Are we right for each other?

We are looking for individuals, couples or business partners who have a strong desire to run their own business and are able to take on an existing business and breathe fresh enthusiasm into it. Sound like you? We would love to hear from you.

Interested and want to know more?

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64 franchisees across the UK; only resales currently available

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Franchisee Case Studies

Card Connection Franchisee

Exclusive Interview: "Buying a Card Connection resale was the right choice"

Gayan Weerakkody

Gayan Weerakkody took over the Card Connection franchise area of Oxford last year from Ron & Shirley Maynard who retired after 20 years as franchisees. It was a hard act to follow but now Gayan, who works with his wife Anjana, delivers and merchandises Card Connection’s extensive range of high-quality greeting cards and accessories to 170 retailers across the region.  Read more about why Gayan and Anjana chose a resale opportunity as well as why the Card Connection franchise was the right opportunity for them.

Franchisor Interview

Exclusive Interview: "Success for us means success for our franchisees"

Card Connection

Franchisors name: Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Card Connection

Tell us about how/when the business was started and the motivation behind establishing the company.

Established in 1992, we are part of UK Greetings Ltd, the British subsidiary of one of the world's largest greeting card companies, American Greetings Inc.

We provide unrivalled service to the retailer, and have been described as one of the best run franchisees in the UK. We invest in people and are proud of our reputation as a caring and professional franchisor and employer.

When and why did you decide to go down the franchise route?

Franchising was a logical step in the Company’s expansion and development. It enabled the wide distribution of our quality products to retailers throughout the UK.

What have been the company’s biggest achievements/successes to date so far?

Card Connection and its Franchisees have, over the years, grown their businesses’ turnover to around £10 million.

This success is down to the efforts of the whole Card Connection team to strive for excellence in every area of its business. Support and assisting the network in optimising profits from their individual franchises is at the heart of this approach. In 2013 our franchisees Ron and Shirley Maynard won the HSBC BFA Franchisee of the Year Micro-Business Award.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Card Connection’s success is based on the success of its franchisees. Given the recent economic challenges, particularly in the retail sector, it is critical to strive for success through our franchisees by achieving better efficiency, franchisee support and superior products.

What marketing/promotional tools do you use to grow your franchise?

We have recently introduced our striking new, bright pink, point of sale (POS). The innovative design is particularly vivid and appeals to our predominantly female market, it also stands out a mile in-store, which is exactly what helps our franchisees sell even more greetings cards.

What differentiates Card Connection from the competition?

- Card Connection has been a successful franchisor for 22 years.

- The business’ unique model of consignment sales has resulted in a strong brand and established reputation which has been proven over time.

- Currently our average franchisee has been with us for just over 8 years, a testament to the franchise.

- Our in-house creative design team provides unparalleled product development and produces a range of more than 1,200 greeting cards. With weekly new product releases, the range is unrivalled in the industry

- Our franchisees provide a merchandising service to retailers which is second to none.

- Our national account network of customers is extensive.

- Our displays are the best on the market, particularly with our new point of sale and create more sales for franchisees and retailers alike.

- Card Connection is part of UK Greetings, which is a subsidiary of American Greetings Inc., one of the largest greeting card publishers in the world which means we have the back-up and purchasing power of the leading market player right behind us.

In your opinion, what makes a successful Card Connection franchisee?

Enthusiasm, dedication and determination! Our training is thorough so anyone can become a Card Connection franchisee but to run your own business successfully, franchisees need to be self-motivated and be good with retail customers too. Being organised can certainly help and some of our most successful franchisees are couples working together.

What expansion plans have you got nationally and internationally?

Our franchise network in the UK is complete, so the available opportunities now consist of acquiring an already-established territory from an existing franchisee. Occasionally, these do come on to the market so we will continue to market them on behalf of our franchisees.

What advice would you give to someone considering franchising their business?

Seek expert advice! Being a franchisor is a significant responsibility, people are depending on the success of your business model for their everyday livelihood.

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