“The recent unprecedented weather has made for extremely difficult conditions for communities across the UK and it is also affecting many businesses on an ongoing basis,” explains Michael Johnson, managing director, Card Connection. “The weather has also given some of our franchisees a few challenges when it comes to getting around. However, our franchisees are keeping their spirits up with an attitude of ‘business as usual’."
“One of our franchisees was visiting his Bournemouth territory last week was astonished at the amount of water still surrounding one of the retail stores he supplies with our greeting cards,” continues Johnson. “Shop managers and business owners are showing a lot of resilience given the circumstances.”
Franchisee Andy Burchell explains: “The street was under water, but there were a few steps up to my customer’s store so the shop was open. I was impressed that people were still supporting the local shop so, once I had returned home collect my wellies, myself and my franchise manager made sure we created a really great greeting card display in the store!”
“However, when franchisees are on the road, it’s not just floods that need to contend with,” continues Johnson. “For example, one of our Scottish franchisees needs to visit some of her retail customers regularly on a ferry! It’s all in a day’s work for Card Connection’s franchisees.”
Card Connection is one of the UK’s largest card publishers and is the market leader in the franchised distribution of greeting cards. The business' unique model of consignment sales has resulted in a strong brand and established reputation which has been proven over many years and in 2013 Card Connection celebrated its 21st year in operation as a franchisor. Through its franchisees Card Connection supplies about 12,000 retailers throughout the UK.
Card Connection is part of UK Greetings, which is a subsidiary of American Greetings Inc., one of the largest greeting card publishers in the world and has limited vacancies for franchisees that are keen to run an expanding business. Since the franchise network in the UK is complete, the available opportunities now consist of acquiring an already-established territory from an existing franchisee. These vary in price according to their level of development, but start at £7k + Stock + Card Connection fee with earnings potential in excess of £50k per annum.
For further information please fill out the lead form below. Territories currently available include: Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Southend-on-Sea, Manchester, Kingston Upon Hull, Cardiff and Southport/Wigan and Ayr/Kilmarnock.