Card Connection Celebrates Chairman’s Award and Franchisee 25th Anniversary

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Card Connection, the leading franchised Greeting Card publisher in the UK and Ireland, presented two special awards at their recent conference. Kevin Vaux, retiring Chairman of Card Connection presented the inaugural Chairman’s Award to Hanish Patel for his outstanding contribution to Card Connection as well as a special 25th Anniversary Award to recognise Martin Rolfe… Read more »

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Overall and Regional Franchisee of The Year Winners Announced at Card Connection Annual Conference

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Card Connection the leading franchised Greeting Card publisher in the UK and Ireland, recently held its annual conference at Forest of Arden, Birmingham. The excited group of franchisees, along with Card Connection staff and some colleagues from UK Greetings eagerly attended this renowned event. The conference’s theme was “Service Superheroes”, celebrating the fantastic service the… Read more »

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A Very Hoppy Easter!

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A very Hoppy Easter! Easter is right around the corner and it’s time to celebrate all things spring! There are many Easter traditions – church visits, Easter egg hunts, hopping bunnies, hot cross buns and sending Easter cards. These are all fun and memorable ways to spend time with your family and friends. According to… Read more »

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Card Connection continue to grow successful franchise in Ireland

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Card Connection is one of Ireland & the UK’s most successful greeting card publisher and franchisor. It uses a proven, award winning merchandising system to place quality cards, gift wrap, gift bags and party product in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This means the stock and display equipment are installed on free loan to… Read more »

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Spread the Love

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Hello February! Now is the time to shop for Valentine’s Day cards for that someone special in your life! In the 1700s, something recognizable as a very early form of the modern greeting card began to be seen for Valentine’s Day. Three hundred years later, according to the Greeting Card Association, over one billion Valentine’s… Read more »

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Exeter, Featured Territory of the Month – February 2018

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced it is marketing the Exeter territory. The area is well managed and has become available due to approaching retirement of the current franchisees. The new franchise owners will deliver and merchandise Card Connection’s extensive range of quality greeting cards and accessories to around 195 established… Read more »

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Card Connection featured in the latest issue of What Franchise

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Card Connection are featured in the latest issue of What Franchise magazine.  Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Card Connecition adviced: “If you’re considering career change, franchising is the way forward.” Johnson added: “Previous work history is no barrier to success in franchising.” Please read the full article below or here  WhatFranchise – Michael Johnson’s advice  The sad… Read more »

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Card Connection Appoints New Sales Director

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Card Connection, market leader for the franchise distribution of greeting cards in the UK, has announced the appointment of Graham Staff as its new Sales Director following the retirement of Stuart West who has served Card Connection for over 20 years. Graham, who worked as a Sales Director at The Book People for 11 years,… Read more »

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Featured Franchise Territory of the Month – January 2018

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An opportunity has arisen for you to purchase a well-established and maintained account base with a pleasing mix of outlet types. This would ideally suit an ambitious individual or partnership. The area covers Middlesbrough & Sunderland and incorporates towns such as Barnard Castle, Darlington, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Crook, Consett, Stanley, Durham, Chester-le-Street, Castletown and… Read more »

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Featured Franchise of the Month – December

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Bath in this independent, creative, unique and stylish opportunity! The Bath area offers the right person a chance to work in one of the most historical and beautiful parts of the country. The Bath territory covers Sherborne, Shaftsbury, Trowbridge, and Westbury to name a few. There is a good mix of both rural and town… Read more »

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Life-Style Choice for Scottish Franchisee

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Munawar Mohammed took over Card Connection’s Aberdeen territory in 2016 from the outgoing franchisee, Andrew Orr, who ran the area successfully for 18 years. Munawar explains: “Previously, I worked for the well-known, house-hold furniture retailer: DFS, as a top sales representative. Although it was hard work, I was well paid and I really enjoyed the… Read more »

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Featured Franchise of the Month

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Liverpool – This represents the chance to purchase an established greeting card franchise in the cultural city of Liverpool and surrounding areas. Conscientiously managed and developed by the current franchisee, a couple who has been franchisees for over 10 years.  The area has a varied profile of customers which have exhibited a strong brand loyalty… Read more »

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Card Connection Appoints New Franchise Manager

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced the appointment of Andy Byskup as its new franchise manager covering the South East.  Byskup who previously spent 10 years as a franchisor in South Africa, returns to the UK with his family and will now support 13 regionally based Card Connection franchisees throughout Anglia… Read more »

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Fact Finding

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An article covering questions you should be asking a franchisor before you invest which appears in the October issue of Making Money www.what-franchise.com. Fact Finding

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Card Connection Supports Sales in Scotland

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has confirmed Scottish franchisee Munawar Mohammed’s year-to-date, like-for-like sales are up significantly.  Munawar joined Card Connection in 2016 by purchasing the Aberdeen franchised territory and initially supplied 122 retailers with Card Connection’s extensive range of quality greeting cards and accessories.  Over the past 18 months he has… Read more »

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Future of Franchising

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The bfa have announced that the Future of Franchising supplement, produced in partnership with Raconteur, has been published in The Times today.  This is the second year that this supplement has featured in the national newspaper and they are thrilled that members and the franchising industry are receiving this level of national coverage. Please click… Read more »

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Card Connection Completes Roll out in Gilletts Spar Stores

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has confirmed it has completed the successful roll out of its extensive range of greeting cards and accessories in 30 Gilletts branded Spar Stores in the South West.    “We have worked with Appleby Westward, the organisation which manages Spar stores in the area, for around 15… Read more »

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Card Connection’s New Collection is Sales Success

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has confirmed its major new range of greeting cards, launched in April this year, is already a significant sales success.  More than a year in development, 122 new designs were created by Card Connection’s dedicated in-house design department to make up the new collection. The goal was… Read more »

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Card Connection Appoints New Operations Manager

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has appointed Iona Binfield as its new Operations Manager following the recent retirement of Sandra Pavitt after 12 years’ service.   Michael Johnson, managing director, Card Connection commented: “Iona has worked in Card Connection’s operations department for five years now, so is extremely well placed to take… Read more »

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Card Connection Celebrates 25 Years as a Franchisor!

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, is celebrating 25 years as a franchisor!   The Company, established in 1992, became a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) in 1995 and its award-winning business model has enabled hundreds of franchisees to run successful businesses distributing cards and accessories to retailers across the UK… Read more »

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Card Connection is Worth the Wait for Croydon Franchisee

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced its franchisee for Croydon, Nishan Jeyakumar, has grown the number of retail clients he supplies by 10% since he joined the Company at the end of last year.  Nishan who previously worked as an employee for Card Connection’s Sutton and Kingston franchisee, had always wanted… Read more »

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Card Connection Recognises Retailer for Highest Increase in Sales

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      Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has recognised a retailer for the highest increase in sales of Mother’s Day cards.  North East Convenience, based in South Shields, recorded a 28% increase in sales compared to last year, following an effort to link purchases and provide a prime spot for a… Read more »

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Card Connection Franchisee Named as Finalist for Irish Franchise Association Award

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced Joseph Sweeney, franchisee for Ireland West and Midlands, has been named as a finalist for the Irish Franchise Association (IFA), Franchisee of the Year Award in the Service category.    “Joseph is a qualified accountant and before joining Card Connection in 1999 he worked within… Read more »

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Card Connection Markets Growing Plymouth Franchise

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced it is marketing its Plymouth franchised territory.  Plymouth represents the chance to purchase an established growing business in a good area.  The new franchise owners will deliver and merchandise Card Connection’s extensive range of quality greeting cards and accessories to around 125 established retail customers… Read more »

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Mother’s Day Stand is a Hit

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Retail weekly recently reported what a hit Mother’s Day displays were this year with the combined effort of cards with gifts. The picture was taken in one of the Fraser Budgens that Mike Barber, Swindon franchisee looks after. Frasers are a small family group of 6 stores who have a mix of Spar and Budgens… Read more »

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Card Connection to Launch Major New Range at Pro-Retail 2017

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has announced it is to launch a major new range of greeting cards at Pro-Retail 2017.   More than a year in development, 122 new designs are aimed at the more discerning customer and, for the first time, bring the ‘boutique card shop’ look to the convenience sector. “A… Read more »

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Couples in Franchising

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The article below was first published in Making Money magazine, April 2017 edition.   Linda Whitney explains what to think about before investing in a franchise together www.what-franchise.com. Could going into business with your life partner be a good idea?  Many franchises are run successfully by couples, but without a doubt, going into business with your other… Read more »

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