Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection has announced that after just three years after investing in their franchise, Oxford regional franchisee Gayan Weerakkody and his wife Anjana have enjoyed such success that they have been able to purchase their first house.
Andy Bull, Regional Sales Manager at Card Connection explains: “This week has been an exciting week for Gayan and his family as they have just moved into their very own home. When Gayan invested in a Card Connection franchise it was his first goal to get enough money together for a deposit and to get his foot on the property ladder. After only three years as franchisees he and his family have quickly seen all their hard work turn that dream into a reality.”
Gayan purchased the Oxford territory in May 2015, taking over from the previous franchisees that had held the franchise for more than 20 years. Approaching it with fresh eyes and a keen attention to detail, Gayan and his wife have tailored displays to maximize sales. For example, in villages where he supplies more than one shop, he makes sure that the card selections are different, so customers that visit the shops don’t see the same displays.
They deliver greetings cards to retailers on a regular basis and return to merchandise displays with fresh stock and new designs typically every four weeks. This ensures displays always look attractive and as a result maximize sales for each store. Conveniently, the retailer only pays for what is sold. No wonder then, that they are always happy to see a Card Connection franchisee, as there is simply no hard sell involved!
“We are very happy that we have joined Card Connection as this has given us the chance to become self-employed running our own, already successful, franchised business.” Gayan added: “If I we hadn’t taken on our greeting card Franchise I would still be managing a shop and we’d still be living in rented accommodation”.
Michael Johnson, Managing Director, Card Connection said: “Well done Gayan! It just goes to show what can be achieved when you have the passion and determination to make things happen. We wish Gayan and his family every happiness in their new home and understand it’s a new car he has in their sights, next!”
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 and has limited vacancies for franchisees that are keen to run an established business. Territories currently available include: Bath, Bournemouth, Romford, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, Stoke on Trent, Lake District, Liverpool, Middlesbrough/Sunderland, Fife & Edinburgh and Stirling. For further information, please see: www.card-connection.co.uk