The franchise has been run successfully over the years but is now for sale due to personal reasons. The new owners of the franchise will be self-employed, and will deliver and merchandise Card Connection’s extensive range of quality greeting cards and accessories to almost 125 established retail customers in the region.
"The Plymouth franchise is a compact area, which would ideally suit a motivated individual or couple looking for a viable and interesting opportunity to become self-employed,” confirms Michael Johnson, managing director, Card Connection. “The territory which covers Plymouth, Paignton, Newton Abbott, Torquay and the surrounding area, has been trading since 1993 and has a turnover of £60K and yet still has the potential for growth for the right candidate.
“As a franchisor we supply all the necessary training and support to enable franchisees to succeed,” continues Johnson. “Goodwill, stock and display equipment is included in the purchase price and full training will be provided. Card Connection is recognised by all the major banks’ franchising departments and therefore funding is available subject to status. We currently have more than 65 UK franchisees supplying around 12,000 retailers across the country and our franchisees stay with us for an average of ten years with some having chosen to continue to run their franchises for almost 20 years!
“As well as independent retailers, Card Connection has a national account network where the franchisees supply around 100 Regional and National retail brands such as Costcutter, WH Smiths Motorway Services, NISA, BP and Spar,” confirms Johnson. “Our in-house designed range of greetings cards continues to be popular in these outlets and we also supply licenced product incorporating the super-cute character Boofle plus Disney.”
Successful Card Connection franchisees supply greetings cards and accessories to retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This is one step beyond ‘sale or return’ as retail customers don’t have to buy the stock initially; they only pay for what they sell. Last year, Card Connection was named as a ‘British Franchise Association Franchisor of the Year Award finalist’ for this proven business model, which has enabled hundreds of franchisees to run successful businesses over the past two decades.
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.
Territories currently available include: Plymouth, Reading, Bournemouth, Oxford, Bath, Northampton, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Ayr, Scottish Borders/Edinburgh, Motherwell and South West Ireland. For further information about franchises for sale, please fill out the form below.