Business planning for the year ahead

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The following article appeared in the February issue of Business Franchise and was provided by Hitachi Capital Franchise Finance. The start of the calendar year, in particular, is the time when many business owners reflect upon their business ambitions and goals. But how could you turn those dreams into reality? We’d suggest your process be… Read more »

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Making a Difference

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After 27 years working in the same place, James Bird was ready to make the step up to running his own business. Investing in a Card Connection franchise gave him the instant advantage of having a ready-made customer base all set up, meaning he could earn an income from day one. “I started as a… Read more »

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Spreading the Love

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Everyone deserves to be loved and with 60 new designs for Valentine’s Day 2020, everyone deserves a Valentine’s Day card from Card Connection!

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Oldham

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Offered for sale is the Card thriving Connection franchise territory of Oldham. Oldham is a town in Greater Manchester, amid the Pennines and between the rivers irk and Medlock. It has a population of 230,800 Boasting a current turnover of over of £78k, With an attractive combination of rural and urban customers, the business is… Read more »

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Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius

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Offered for sale is this exclusive Card Connection territory with a current turnover of over £68k. Taking in profitable locations either side of the Firth of Forth, this newly independent Card Connection territory has been created from a previously larger territory. Its compact size covers 78 trading outlets, including names like Spar, BP Simply Fresh,… Read more »

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Spreading the Love on Valentine’s Day

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“Valentine’s Day will always be celebrated while there’s love in the world,” smiles Card Connection’s Creative Director, Kelly Courtenay, “Which is why we’ve put such a lot of love and care into our new Valentine’s ranges.”For 2020 Card Connection have produced 36 new designs for their Core range, whilst The Collection range features 24 brand… Read more »

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Gateway to the Highlands

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For sale is this exclusive Card Connection territory with a current turnover of over £68k. Situated at the heart of Scotland, it incorporates the busy towns of Falkirk and Grangemouth and further North, the thriving cities of Stirling, Perth and Dundee. Travelling West it takes in Drymen, Loch Lomond and East Dunfermline. A together a… Read more »

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CARING IN A CRISIS

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Staff at greeting card publishers Card Connection came together on Thursday 19th of December for a morning fun and fundraising for the homeless charity Crisis at Christmas. Cakes and crazy games were the order of the day. Creative Manager Carrie Clatworthy, who helped organised the event, was delighted with the response: “We raised £130 in… Read more »

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A Truly Magical Location

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Imagine spending your days working in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District, the Scottish borders, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Eden Valley…. You now have this opportunity!The Card Connection territory that covers this spectacular region is for sale. You will be buying a very professionally run area managed by… Read more »

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Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from this exclusive Card Connection owned territory which has a current turnover of over £86k generated from over 100 outlets. There is a good balance of National Accounts and independent stores which includes well-known brands like Spar, BP, Premier, Nisa & Scotfresh to name but a few. The… Read more »

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Best of Both Worlds

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“In many ways, I’ve got the best of both worlds,” smiles Bhaumik Shah, Card Connection’s Franchisee for Bath & Swindon, “When I purchased the Bath area in April 2019, it complemented my existing Swindon territory in more ways than I could ever have hoped!”This is largely due to the geography and the demographics of the… Read more »

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Featured Territory of the Month – December – Milton Keynes

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Offered for sale is the Card Connection territory of Milton Keynes.  Centred on one of the most successful local economies in the UK, it currently generates £79k from over 110 outlets.  In addition to independent stores, these include a good balance of National Accounts with well-known brands like BP, Nisa and Shell, to name but… Read more »

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Card Connection keep the fun in Christmas

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Scrooge may have coined the phrase “Bah Humbug” but it also seems to have been adopted by sections of the media who, it seems, would rather see Christmas cancelled!Greeting card and gift wrap publisher Card Connection, who are very much in the business of celebrating this joyous time of year, are doing their very best… Read more »

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DUBLIN – Card Connection joins some big names in the city

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For 10 years FRESH stores have been working hard to become industry leaders in freshly baked and freshly prepared gourmet food. They are very particular in sourcing their ingredients. So when it came to choosing a greeting card supplier for their latest flagship store in the Capital Dock development in the heart of Dublin, Card… Read more »

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New Card Connection Franchisee Hits The Ground Running!

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When Thayalan Markandu took over the Card Connection franchise for Middlesbrough, he already had a head start on most of the new franchisees that had gone before him. Firstly, as an ex-retailer himself, he knew the challenges his new customers faced. Secondly, as an ex-customer who had stocked Card Connection’s greeting cards, he knew the… Read more »

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November Ayr

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Offered for sale is this exclusive Card Connection owned territory with a current turnover of over £86k generated from over 100 outlets. There is a good balance of National Accounts and independent stores which includes well-known brands like Spar, BP, Premier, Nisa & Scotfresh to name but a few. The town of Ayr is home… Read more »

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Charity Day – Guide Dogs

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October saw Card Connection Head Office staff come together to hold their latest charity fundraising event A Feast For The Senses in aid of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The charity was put forward by Senior Sales Support Controller James Mattingly, who also organised the event. Various activities were created in order to… Read more »

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Territory of the Month – Oldham

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Offered for sale is the thriving Card thriving Connection franchise territory of Oldham.  Birthplace of Take That’s Mark Owen and way back in 1858, the very fish and chip shop, 0ldham is now home to a population of over 230,800.  Forming part of Greater Manchester, it was the first industrialised town in England, once producing… Read more »

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Card Connection on Show

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As preferred greeting cards supplier in over 370 Blakemore trade partners’ stores, Card Connection’s logo had pride of place when it came to welcoming visitors to the SRS19 trade show in Telford this October. Business was brisk on the stand, where Card Connection’s range of cards, gifting solutions and party products were neatly displayed on… Read more »

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Card Connection’s New Face of Ireland

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Greeting Card Publisher Card Connection welcomes a new member to their sales team, as Cormac Flanagan becomes their Regional Sales Manager covering both Ireland and Northern Ireland.   With 20 years grocery trade experience across both regional and store management roles, he will be bringing his insight into what’s required to be a successful franchised retailer… Read more »

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Key Questions to Ask Franchisees

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Whichfranchise have published an article covering everything you should know prior to signing a franchise agreement. Daryl Perkins who owns the Nottingham territory and one of this years bfa finalists was asked to quote.  To read the full article please visit Whichfranchise

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Card Connection Franchisees Leave No Room for the Competition!

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Cornwall may be one of the UK’s hottest tourist destinations but it’s no holiday for Card Connection franchisees David and Marie Clements! Their franchise territory covers this lovely peninsular and thanks to a glut of new business, they now find themselves working harder and happily, more profitably than ever before! “Since March this year, we’ve… Read more »

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Playing our Part

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The Greeting Card Association’s Thinking of You Week is now in its sixth Year, and card supplier Card Connection are once again playing their part in supporting this.Running from September 23 – 29, Thinking of You Week is a special week set aside to encourage the very positive emotional power that sending and receiving greeting… Read more »

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Get the right advice

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How to approach selecting your franchise, and why when you’ve chosen a business, you should work with franchise specialist legal services before signing on the dotted line.  This article appeared in the September 2019 issue of Business Franchise.

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Become a Franchisee – Stoke on Trent

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Stretching from Crewe in the West, to the outskirts of Derby in the East, this exclusive Card Connection territory centres on the twelve mile long city of Stoke. The area has been diligently overseen by the present franchisee and currently has a turnover of over £72k. With several busy urban centres it offers potential for… Read more »

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Card Connection franchisee proves that Scotland favours the brave!

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When Munawar Mohammed took over Card Connection’s Aberdeen territory in 2016, his initial enthusiasm for attacking his new challenge was bound to make an impact. However, three years later, he’s still not showing the slightest sign of slowing down. “I’m always looking for ways to offer a better service,” Munawar explains, “So I keep detailed… Read more »

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The Beautiful Lake District

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Imagine spending your days working in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District, the Scottish borders, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Eden Valley…. You now have this opportunity! The Card Connection territory that covers this spectacular region is for sale. You will be buying a very professionally run area managed… Read more »

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Adding Smiles To The Collection

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“Wise words, fun and attitude!” That’s how Kelly Courtenay, Card Connections’ Creative Director sums up many of the new designs in latest batch of releases in their flagship Collection range. “Greeting cards aren’t just about marking an occasion, continues Kelly, “They can also be about an appreciation of a shared sense of humour and a… Read more »

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