Robin Brisbourne Northern Franchisee of the Year 2022

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Since Robin joined Card Connection as Franchisee for North Wales, no one can remember a year when his names didn’t feature on the shortlist for this award, such is the consistency of performance with his business. Indeed, he won this very award as recently as 2019. Ever determined to grow his sales year-on-year by setting… Read more »

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Teamwork & Tenacity Award 2022 Martin Rolfe

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A richly deserving winner of Card Connection’s award for Teamwork & Tenacity, Martin Rolfe has been with Card Connection since pretty much the beginning. And through all those years, Head Office have always been able to rely on him to help out in all kinds of situations. In 2021, when approached to assist with a… Read more »

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Honorary Franchisee Award – Joseph Sweeney Ireland West & Midlands

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Trailblazing greeting card franchisee Joseph Sweeney passed away recently, leaving a big hole in Card Connection’s collective history. Joe purchased his first franchise way back in 1999. At the time, Card Connection was a proven greeting card supplier in the UK, but not yet in Ireland; so it was calculated step by this shrewd businessman…. Read more »

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A SHOUT OUT FOR THE DADS

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Sunday 19th June is the day when we get a chance to say “Thanks” to all the Dads out there. Whether your Dad is an ace piggyback giver, an ever-dependable taxi driver, a D.I.Y saviour, a source of free bank loans, the go-to person to get rid of those big spiders, or just an all-round… Read more »

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Gabar Ltd Ireland Regional Franchisee of the Year 2022

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Card Connection franchisee Gabe McGeown and his team have achieved this accolade due to their never-say-die attitude, hard work and resilience in tackling this territory, which covers the whole of Northern Ireland. His sales performance year in, year out, continues to amaze; causing some people to scratch their heads in amazement at how he keeps… Read more »

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EASTER – ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL!

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Easter is a celebration of rebirth and time to fully enjoy the world around us springing fully back to life, after the dark days of Winter. What better time then, to share this positive feeling than by sending an Easter card to your nearest and dearest? Card Connection have lots of greeting card designs for… Read more »

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Going Strong

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James Bird and Sandy Jess have been trading for approx. 3 years. The business is franchise run, van based, through Card Connection and sells Greeting Cards and associated products into convenience groups and local independent stores. The area they cover is Cheltenham & Gloucester. The business was taken over from an existing franchisee who had… Read more »

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Top Accolade to Card Connection Franchisee who leaves his mark

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At an emotional awards ceremony in Dublin, Card Connection franchisee Joe Sweeney posthumously won Retail Franchisee of the Year award at the prestigious Irish Franchise Association Awards It was bitter-sweet moment for Joe’s sons Joseph and Trevor, who went up to collect the award, as their father Joe was given a standing ovation by all… Read more »

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Celebrating 30 Years – All for the love of cards!

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Card Connection reaches its Pearl Anniversary, celebrating the day back in 1992 when two budding entrepreneurs married together a winning mix of enticing business propositions – colourful greeting cards, great service all backed by the consignment principle of supply. The newly formed company made an instant impact with its manta of “You only pay for… Read more »

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PLUM CARDS FOR MUM!

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We all know that you can always rely on your Mum. And when it comes to Mother’s Day, you can always rely on Card Connection Day to help you to say: “Thanks Mum!” Whether you want something heartfelt, something stylish, something cute or simply something fun or downright silly, Card Connection have just the card… Read more »

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Sharing the Love on Valentine’s Day

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Come February 14th Card Connection will once again be doing its level best to help spread the love. With 60 brand new Valentine’s Day designs on offer across two card ranges, there should be no one struggling to something that is just perfect for their loved one. Whether it’s some heartfelt words, super stylish sentiment… Read more »

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IT’S GOOD TO TALK!

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Card Connection have celebrated a successful year across UK and Ireland by completing their network wide programme of December regional meetings, during which they were able to thank their franchisees for their contribution towards the network’s double-digit growth in 2021. “Through another year of difficult and shifting Covid pressures our franchisees have really pulled out… Read more »

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Card Connection Fly High at Franchise Awards

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Whist on the day Card Connection narrowly missed out on the top spot in both the categories they were shortlisted for, they still ran the front runners a very tight race as finalists in the 2021 Best Franchise Awards.“We came equal second against stiff competition in both the Business to Business category and the New… Read more »

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Franchisees Continue to Triumph in Adversity

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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. Managing Director Michael… Read more »

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Card Connection finalists for the 2021 Best Franchise Awards

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To be considered for these awards franchisors must have taken part in the Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark programme. This involves their franchisees being asked to complete a confidential online survey, rating their franchisor on qualities such as initial training, ongoing support, their relationship with the franchisor, and whether they would recommend the business to prospective new… Read more »

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Getting on Santa’s ‘Good List’ for Recycling

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Card Connection’s range of Greeting cards play a big part in helping people to celebrate Christmas, but when the festivities are over, the company also wants to be able to celebrate their efforts in facilitating the recycling process of its products, too. “Sustainability is a key part of a company acting responsibly and we take… Read more »

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Faith in Humanity

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Daryl Perkins our Nottingham franchisee and his partner Lucy have recently funded a local football team by purchasing their kit and instead of advertising their own business on these shirts, they insisted the Rainbows logo take full pride of place, which it’s hoped will help generate further donations for the charity. As Daryl explains, “We… Read more »

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Success is on the Cards

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Theepan Sinnathurai purchased the Romford Card Connection territory back in November 2018. “Before I bought the Card Connection franchise, I ran an MRH forecourt site for 2 years. This was my first time involved in running a business as a licensee commission operator. It was a great introduction in managing a small retail shop and… Read more »

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Introducing Colin Brattan our Lake District Franchisee

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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…. Well Colin & Margaret Brattan do just that.Colin & Margaret purchased the Lake District territory from Bryan & Sheila Jones back in October 2020 after Colin had… Read more »

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WOMEN IN FRANCHISING – CARD CONNECTION

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From Card Connection’s beginning in 1992, female franchisees have played a key role in the success of the greeting card franchisor’s brand. As women remain the primary purchasers of greetings cards, perhaps it’s not so surprising that female franchisees have an affinity with the product the company supplies.Around 8% of Card Connection’s franchisee territories are… Read more »

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Card Connection Franchisees Make it a Family Affair

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In 2018 David and Sherran Patient sold their successful convenience store to a multiple chain and took a short but deserved career break. Then, in the 2019 the experienced husband and wife team took on a Card Collection franchise territory that straddles part of Essex and Suffolk. They took on this new and exciting challenge… Read more »

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Turning Testing Times into the Best of Times

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Like most companies going into the pandemic, Card Connection were facing the unknown. As in keeping with the response from the general public, businesses and organisations cross the land, it’s ultimately people that got us through. The whole Card Connection family comprising our network of franchisees, our head office staff, and our support infrastructure involving… Read more »

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26 Years and Never Stronger

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Card Connection have just been awarded a further 4 years re-accreditation by the bfa.  This means the business has proudly enjoyed continuous membership of this important trade organisation since joining the bfa way back in 1995.  Accreditation with the BFA is confirmation of the fact that a franchisor has been carefully and stringently scrutinised for… Read more »

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Cupid is back from furlough!

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Thanks to Government restrictions lifting, love is in the air once more as the shackles finally come off those cancelled and delayed wedding dates. Couples up and down the land are scrambling to tie the knot, no matter the time of day, or day of the week they can book!  Luckily Card Connection have just… Read more »

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A Moving Story!

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Seems even the Covid pandemic can’t stamp out our deep desire to have a nice roof over our heads! The housing market is now getting back to full swing again, both with purchases and rentals, with the summer being the most popular time for people to up sticks to a new property. A typical person… Read more »

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An award that is two tributes in one

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Awards are given in recognition of positive achievements, and in some special cases they are inspired by those who went before. When one of its much-respected Irish franchisees passed away recently, greeting card publishers Card Connection wanted to honour his memory by creating a new award in his name. The Tony Lees Award for ‘Going… Read more »

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Southern Regional 2021 Winners

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Penny has worked in the Greeting Card Industry for 20 years and got the inside track on how Card Connection operated as a franchisor when she joined the company as a Regional Sales Manager in 2013. Impressed by this successful business model, she set a 5-year plan to own her own Card Connection franchise. In… Read more »

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CARD COLLECTION FRANCHISEES OF THE YEAR 2021 ( WINNERS – EAST ANGLIA & MIDLAND REGION )

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“We’re such proud winners and definitely over the moon” is the first reaction of owners David and Sherran Patient. With thirty-plus years as highly successful, multi-award winners in retail businesses, including their own convenience store. In the forecourt sector, they operated multiple high turnover Esso outlets as Licences and also varied retail site, area, and… Read more »

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From England to Wales to Glory!

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David and Helen Rabaiotti are Card Connection’s Franchisees of the Year 2021. It has been an amazing set of achievements that pushed them to the top award in the greeting card publisher’s franchise network. Having initially purchased the Bath area in 2010, they were soon thirsty for more. So, when the Newport territory in South… Read more »

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Card Connection’s Scottish Regional 2021 Winner

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A few words from our Scottish 2021 Regional Winner – Munawar Mohammed“Thank you for this award, I was surprised to receive it this year as my fellow Franchisees have all done extremely well in the last year. I would like to thank all the team at head office for their support through this challenging year…. Read more »

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