Paper Straws – Bringing environmental issue to the party

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We can all do our bit to help reduce our impact on the environment, so when the BBC’s Blue planet highlighted the problem of plastic build up in our oceans, Card Connection were keen to respond.Looking at our product range we identified the plastic straws in our Party range as an obvious disposable item that… Read more »

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Greetings from Birmingham

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For sale is this exclusive Card Connection territory with a current turnover of over £70k generated from over 140 outlets. This good balance of National Accounts and independent stores includes well-known brands like Spar, Nisa and Costcutter to name but a few. Taking in the areas of West Bromwich, Sutton Coldfield, Burton-Upon-Trent and Cannock, it… Read more »

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Franchising – Your Next Step After Redundancy?

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The current turbulent economy means redundancy has become a cruel reality for many people. However, not all is doom and gloom! As one door closes, a new one can open, as franchising allows you to turn a negative experience into a positive one and allow you to invest in a bright future. “If you’re facing… Read more »

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Card Connection Franchisee Buys First Home

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection has announced that after just three years after investing in their franchise, Oxford regional franchisee Gayan Weerakkody and his wife Anjana have enjoyed such success that they have been able to purchase their first house. Andy Bull, Regional Sales Manager at Card Connection explains: “This week has… Read more »

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Stoke on Trent – A Great Investment

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Featured Territory of the Month – July – Stoke on Trent Revolving around the two busy urban centres of Stoke and Crewe, this business actually spans four counties – Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. As a result it offers a pleasing mix of customer types set in a variety of environments. The area has been… Read more »

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Happy 10th Birthday Boofle!

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Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection recently celebrated Boofle’s 10th birthday at their annual conference. Made from 100% love and cuddles, oh and lots of wool and a little button, Boofle has quickly become a star in the greeting card world with sales of over 70 million cards. Boofle, created by David Blake,… Read more »

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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 Connection advised: “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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