Greetings from the heart of the Midlands

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Helen Johnson knows a thing or two about greeting cards. Then again, she has been providing them to convenience stores in her patch of the Midlands for over twenty years. Although she’s seen design trends come and go with cards, she knows one thing for sure; that people have always loved sending them!As the local… Read more »

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One Card, Multiple Options

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Instore has become a battleground for space, with every brand and sector trying to grab that extra inch of shelf off someone else. Space for greeting cards is becoming more and more condensed, a tough challenge considering the card options consumers want. For our customers to be able to meet the needs of their shoppers,… Read more »

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Cards that celebrate.

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As the main months of the wedding season approaches, many couples across the United Kingdom and Ireland are eagerly planning their special day. This year the UK and Ire is set to witness approximately 165,000 weddings, with August reigning as the most coveted month for nuptials. Trends and fashions may change with the years, but… Read more »

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Franchisees of the Year!

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Greeting cards mark all kinds of special occasions and May 17th greeting card franchiser Card Connection marked a very special occasion at their annual conference when their top franchisees were recognised for their hard work bringing greeting cards to the public. Southern Region Winner & Franchisee of the Year – Clive JonesWell-deserved recognition not only… Read more »

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Doing Dads Proud!

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Sunday 16th June is Father’s Day. It’s when we get to paise the father figures who have helped shape and influenced our lives and thank them for another year of doing all things that dads do. Card Connection have a choice of 60 brand new card designs across four price points for you can show… Read more »

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The Heart of the Midlands

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With its current franchisee retiring after more than 20 years careful stewardship of this territory, the retail customer base of 82 stores will give a solid income to whoever wants to take on the task of developing this area further. With a healthy mix of busy urban and picturesque rural towns and villages, this territory… Read more »

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Ayrshire

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Offered for sale is this exclusive Card Connection owned territory with a current turnover of over £114k generated from over 100 outlets. There is a good balance of National Accounts and independent stores which includes well-known brands like BP, Booker & CJ Lang to name but a few. Ayr is a town situated on the… Read more »

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

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There’s nothing nicer than being full of the joys of spring! So why not spread a little of that good feeling to your loved ones with an uplifting Easter card from Card Connection?

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Area of the Month – Chelmsford

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If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity in the home counties, the only way is Essex!This well-established franchise territory stretches from the prime commuter towns of Bishop Stortford and Harlow in the West, through the major population centres of Chelmsford and Colchester all the way up to the to South Suffolk in the North. Here… Read more »

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Making Mum’s Day!

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Sunday 10th March is Mother’s Day. A day when we get to thank our mums in some small measure for all the masses of stuff they’ve done for us. A little folded card with a nice design and some lovely sentiment goes a surprisingly long way to let them know how much we appreciate them.This… Read more »

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GIVING LOVE A HELPING HAND!

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In today’s hectic world we rarely say “I love you” nearly as often as we should. Thankfully, there’s a lovely tradition that every February 14th on Valentine’s Day, couples everywhere have the perfect excuse to make a special effort to show their love for one another. With a wide range of greeting cards that help… Read more »

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Franchise Territory for Sale – The crown of Norfolk

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If you’re considering investing in a franchise, our Norwich territory will give you a guaranteed income from Day 1. Having been run diligently by Card Connection’s longest serving franchisee who is now looking to retire, you’ll benefit from his decades of hard work in developing this area.Stretching from Hunstanton in the west, right across the… Read more »

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Christmas comes early for Card Connection

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From Motherwell to Swindon, Stockport to Thurrock and all the way across to Dublin; north, south, east and west Card Connection’s franchisees have been coming together to  hear the company’s future plans and to celebrate and share another year of successes. With Christmas 2023 almost upon us, the company also revealed its greeting card ranges… Read more »

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Festive Friday 2023

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As members of the Greeting Card Association (GCA) Card Connection have once again supported the ‘Festive Friday’ initiative, which took place on Friday 1st December. This is a special day for everyone in the card industry (and all lovers of cards) to send their Christmas cards and continuing to enjoy them as part of the… Read more »

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Be kind, make a difference!

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Many acts of kindness go unnoticed, which is how they’re intended. But it’s always wonderful to hear the difference a little kindness can bring to so many. Our wonderful Berkshire franchisees Colin and Penny, kindly donated wrapping paper to the Royal Berkshire hospital, who every year ensure that each of their 900 patients receives a… Read more »

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Simon adds more customers to his Good List!

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As if Christmas wasn’t busy enough for all Card Connection’s franchisees, as they work as tirelessly to make sure they get all their seasonal card displays into their customers’ stores, one franchisee is going even further! On top of his existing Shrewsbury/Stoke on Trent territory, franchisee Simon Parker is now bringing his merchandising magic the… Read more »

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GOOD BUINESSES NEED GOOD SUPPLIERS

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When Card Connection’s biggest customer in Scotland CJ Lang, bought ScotFresh, another of its larger Scottish customers, Andrew Henderson, Regional Sales Manager of greeting cards supplier Card Connection had reason to feel reassured. “We’ve been successfully supplying cards to Scotfresh for many years, it’s purchase by our largest Scottish retail partner allows us to maintain… Read more »

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Skipping for Cancer Research

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Alison Goddard has completed  another grueling challenge for a very worthy cause. She has taken part in the Cancer Research October Skipping Challenge, doing 100 skips a day. Alison advised that she was pleased to confirm that she had completed 100 skips for each day of October!  “Not as easy as I thought, definitely harder… Read more »

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ON TOUR WITH CARD CONNECTION

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Card Connection greeting cards are purchased in local convenience stores and service stations across the United Kingdom and Ireland, then sent the length and breadth of the Isles and beyond. It’s no surprise then, that the company covers the same distance as its cards to promote their range of cards, gift bags and gift wrap…. Read more »

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

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Hot mince pies, cold snowy landscapes, festive wreaths and bright shiny baubles – all signs that we’ve started counting down those shopping days to Christmas!  They’re also some just some of the lovely Christmas card designs now on offer from Card Connection, perfect for helping you celebrate this magical time of year.      … Read more »

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United Wholesale show

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Andrew Henderson our Scottish Regional Sales Manager attended the UWS (United Wholesale Show) in Glasgow. Andrew was kept busy and gained a number of  strong leads in addition to numerous other enquiries.    

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Our Student Competition Winner!

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We are excited to introduce our chosen winner of the competition to design a birthday card,  Claire Brown who is a  first year Graphic Design and Illustration student at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham. Claire Brown was the designer behind the winning entry, congratulations to Claire! Claire used some fantastic mark-making and… Read more »

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PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT!

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Greeting card franchisor Card Connection had their tongue firmly in their cheek as they borrowed the theme of a much-loved TV show for their recent annual conference.  Play Your Cards Right drew huge audiences during its 14-year stint in the 1980’s & 90’s. The theme was just perfect for the company’s latest sales drive, and… Read more »

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A STRONG START ON THE CARDS

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Three months into her new join role as CEO of greeting card publishers UK Greeting and Chairman of Card Connection, Ceri Stirland is feeling pretty pleased with the state of the UK’s greetings card market. “Consumer participation in greeting cards is at an all-time high,” she explains, “with our latest research tracker report showing 94%… Read more »

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TOP CARDS FOR TOP DADS

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Although no two dads are the same, pretty much all of them are when it comes to appreciating getting a nice card on Father’s Day. This year that falls on Sunday 18th June. Because all dads are different, Card Connection have a 60 brilliant card designs in all kinds of styles to make sure there’s… Read more »

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EASTER AND ALL THE JOYS OF SPRING!

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A celebration of rebirth and the world around us springing back to life after the dark Winter months, Easter is the perfect excuse to share some joy by sending an Easter card from Card Connection.         

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Happiness is on the Cards

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Wedding bookings are still running high as the backlog of cancelled and postponed weddings due to the Covid pandemic continues to be nibbled away at. To help these couples celebrate, Card Connection have some lovely brand-new wedding card designs to make the happy couple’s special day just that little bit happier! 

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Doing Mums proud on Mother’s Day!

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If you really think a lot about your mum, then you should really think a lot about exactly what card you should give her for Mother’s Day. This year, you’ve only got until Sunday 19th March to find exactly the right card.  Fortunately, help is at hand because Card Connection have spent lots and lots… Read more »

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LOOKING BEFORE YOU LEAP!

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When Tony Nolan bought into a Card Connection greeting card franchise, he was in an excellent potion to understand fully what he was getting himself into. “I was doing part-time merchandising for one of their current franchisees who was looking to downsize by selling half of his area, so it was a real case of… Read more »

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UCA Greeting Card Live Brief

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On Tuesday, four members of the Card Connection creative team spent the morning sharing knowledge and insight about the greeting card industry with first year students at Farnham UCA. Not only were we there to talk about designing greetings cards, but also to set a live brief to the students – with the best design… Read more »

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Love is on the Cards!

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Every February 14th Card Connection try to offer you loads of very different ways to be able to show your other half that you love them. This year we’ve pulled out all the stops to really make sure there’s something that’s just right for every loved-up person out there! So, whether you want some heartfelt… Read more »

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Card Connection looks to the future

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There’s been significant change in the leadership team at Card Connection recently. Managing Director Michael Johnson has left the business after 22 Years, with Sales Director Graham Staff stepping up to be the new MD. “It’s an exciting time for Card Connection. As an established business model with years of great process and procedure in… Read more »

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