Franchisees Continue to Triumph in Adversity

Robyn Van

To say our world has changed over the past 20 months is probably the biggest understatement ever.

Everyone is painfully aware of the difficulties many sectors of the economy have suffered during the Covid pandemic, but there are examples of businesses who have still thrived – Card Connection being one of them.Kochchu.jpg

Managing Director Michael Johnson explains this phenomenon: “As we supply the convenience sector which remained open during the various restrictions, our 53 franchisees saw double digit growth, which was the biggest again in the company’s almost 30-year history. It’s a testament to strength of the publics’ desire to want to stay in touch with their friends and family by sending greeting cards that we’ve seen this increased level of sales. In fact, in a few cases, we had franchisees whose sales grew by 30%.”

“Of course, it was a tremendous reward to our franchise network and all their hard work in continuing to find ways to supply all our customers in a Covid safe ways in incredibly testing environments,” continues Johnson, “but there isn’t a franchisee among them who wouldn’t have given up every single extra sale to have things back the way they were before the virus.”

“Communication with customers is paramount, as we found with feedback from our franchisees throughout the past months, the pandemic has only strengthened relationships with their retailers, who appreciate all their efforts they’ve made to go above and beyond to supply their store through this incredibly difficult period.”
So, if you’re thinking of investing in a business, a franchise could just be the thing, as you get to be your own boss, but with the backing of franchisor with tried and tested product. Right now, if you live in or near either Bournemouth, Ayr, Stirling or Cornwall, then you’re perfectly placed to consider franchise territories currently for sale from the leading supplier of greetings cards to the convenience sector. Here are more reasons to look at Card Connection:

• Proven business model with nearly 30 years successful history
• Excellent growth patterns, even during the pandemic
• Fabulous product range, with new product released every 2        weeks
• Franchises receive full initial training and ongoing support
• The convenience sector continues to go from strength to strength
• Greeting cards have proven almost recession proof

Card Connection is part of UK Greetings, has limited vacancies for franchisees keen to run an expanding business. Candidates would ideally have some management experience as, once established, they could be expected to employ a small team, operate a small warehouse and have several liveried vans on the road. Since the franchise network in the UK is 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 £21k + Stock + Card Connection fee with earnings potential in excess of £50k per annum