Greetings from Lockdown

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Staying in touch has never been more important in these socially-distanced times. Fortunately Greeting Card Publisher Card Connection has been able to keep life’s most positive occasions catered for. As most of their customer base is convenience stores that have remained open during lockdown, the company have managed to keep the general public supplied with… Read more »

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Card Connection 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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Growing

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Subramaniam Suganthan (Sugan) has grown his franchise since  purchasing the Coventry territory.  Sugan has been delivering the company’s extensive range of quality greeting cards and accessories to around 340 retailers in the cities and surrounding areas of Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. “I joined Card Connection as a franchisee in 2014” confirms former Card Connection customer… Read more »

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

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When father and son team Karsan Naran & Avneesh Sangani invested in the Card Connection area of Macclesfield back in 2018, it was hardly a step in the dark. That’s because Avneesh is the brother of Dilip Sanghani, who has been successfully running the Manchester franchise of Card Connection since 2014.Karsan had watched Dilip’s development… 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 redundancy… Read more »

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Never too Old!

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The following article appeared in What Franchise, written by Pip Wilkins CEO of the British Franchise Association. This is a good reflection of the Card Connection business because at least 50% of our Franchise Network falls into the “Olderpreneurs” bracket, age has no boundaries or limitations. All that is required is the natural ability to… Read more »

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Drive and Focus

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Maintaining your drive and focus in business over the course of a dozen years is never easy, but it’s something Card Connection franchisees Dave and Di Tudor have worked hard on. They took on the Hereford territory back in 2006 and the husband and wife team work seamlessly as a unit. Di spends most of… Read more »

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The Hope That Springs From Easter

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“I challenge you to look at the designs in our two Easter 2019 ranges without feeling uplifted,” enthuses Card Connection’s Creative Director, Kelly Courtenay. “The positive sentiments just shine through!”The trend for sending cards at Easter time began way back in the 1890’s, firstly with postcards but then as greeting cards, when they became the… Read more »

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Musgraves – Daybreak Trade Show 2020

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Wednesday 4th March and scores of store owner and mangers descended on the Lyrath Estate in Ireland for the first of this year’s Spring Season Trade Shows with Musgraves Day Break Event.  Publisher and franchisor Card Connection had pride of place with their stand of greeting cards, giftwrap and giftbags.  Interest was further sparked by… Read more »

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#sharekindness

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While the Coronavirus is working on a daily basis to divide and isolate business, families and friends you can fight back to assert yourself in small but positive ways.Although it is the job of public health officials encourage us to distance ourselves from others, you can still find ways to connect with your friends, family,… Read more »

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JOE – THE RADIO STAR ON THE GO!

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Joe Junior, son of Card Connection’s franchisee for Ireland West & Midlands Joe Sweeney, was merchandising stores in Sligo when he landed himself a starring role on national Radio! As well as performing admirably under pressure during the station’s popular ‘Pump Up The Slump’ competition, Joe was able to get in a plug for his… Read more »

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New Card Connection Franchisees ‘Drive’ their own business

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Early in 2019, Kevin Field and Jane Pitt decided they’d had enough working for other people. As an HGV driver for Costa Coffee, Kevin was travelling all over Somerset, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall, while Jane was working as a manger in Clinton Cards, when they spotted a perfect opportunity to combine their experience into one… Read more »

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Let’s hear it for the Mums!

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Customers dig deeper into their purses and wallets for a Mother’s Day card than they do for either Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day, which, considering everything they do for us, is exactly how it should be! For Mother’s Day 2020 Card Connection offer 60 very varied new designs, spread across two different ranges.   “Contemporary… Read more »

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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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