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Card Connection is the UK's No 1 greeting card franchise, servicing over 12,000 outlets in Britain and Ireland.

Good Money Great Lifestyle!


If you are looking to invest in a franchise with that golden combination of a ‘good money making opportunity’ and ‘balanced lifestyle’ look no further than Card Connection.

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Card Connection is one of the UK’s largest card publishers and is the market leader in the franchise distribution of greeting cards. The company was established in 1992 and within a few years grew to be the largest and most successful business supplying greeting cards on a consignment basis. Viewed as one of the UK’s best run franchise operations, the company has been a full member of the British Franchise Association since 1995.

Using a proven system, franchisees place greeting card ranges in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This means the stock and display equipment is installed on free loan to the retailer. This is one step beyond ‘sale or return’ as Card Connection customers never have to buy the stock in the first place, only paying for what they sell. The award winning merchandising service provided to retailer by local franchisees is second to none and has established the company’s excellent reputation especially within the convenience sector.

Franchisees have their own exclusive territory, calling on their customers typically on a monthly basis. There are 60 Card Connection Franchisees servicing 12,000 retail outlets in the UK and Ireland.

Card Connection were fortunate that the vast majority of our customers stayed open (as essential shops) during the Covid-19 pandemic. This meant we continued to sell cards. Even though our franchisees couldn’t initially go out and merchandise during lockdown, they were able to post stock to customers and then once safe, and allowed to do so, re-commenced merchandising their customers displays.

Customers include convenience stores, sub post offices, petrol station forecourts and staff restaurants in large offices. Card Connection’s National Account customer include Spar, Budgens, Londis, Nisa, Costcutter, BP, WH Smith, Shell and many more.

In 2008 Card Connection, became part of UK Greetings Limited (UKG), the UK’s largest card publisher, and the British subsidiary of American Greetings Inc., the world’s largest publicly owned greeting card company.

Good income from well established businesses


Card Connection has had a complete network for over a decade. All territories sales are therefore re-sales, which mean they have a detailed sales history and an income from day 1. All franchisees for sale have had a presale audit by Card Connection and are offered goodwill prices which should ensure a good income and return on capital. Some territories are providing income in excess of £50,000pa.

Flexible lifestyle


While your retail customers are trading throughout the day, and often into the night, you can merchandise them at hours convenient to you.

Outstanding product ranges


There are around 1,100 quality greeting cards in our range, which cover virtually every style and taste in the card market. This means that a franchisee is able to tailor their displays to their retail customer’s requirements.

In addition, there are the seasonal ranges, including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas, plus we supply Gift wrap, Gift Bags and Party.

Training and support


Card Connection offers a comprehensive training programme. Training is spread over several weeks and covers every aspect of the business in both the classroom and most importantly in the field.

On an on-going basis, every franchisee is supported by their Regional Sales Manager, who provides support and encouragement, as well as genuine business development within their territories.

Franchisees are encouraged to meet regularly, either through formal meetings/conferences or socially.

Who’s ideal for us?


Card Connection has limited vacancies for franchisees that are keen to run an exciting business. Successful candidates would ideally have a strong desire to run their own business and are able to take on an existing business and breathe fresh enthusiasm into it.

Because the franchise networks in the UK and Ireland are 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 £12,000 (+ stock).

Territories for Sale?


Card Connection currently has the following territories for sale, goodwill values are shown, please remember stock, fixtures, training and licence fee must be added.


Territory location
North West (Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim)
West/Southwest (Galway, North Tipperary & Clare)
Stirling
Norwich 
Chelmsford
Ayr
Nottingham West

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Top Accolade to Card Connection Franchisee who leaves his mark

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Meabh Fitzpatrick Photography

It was a 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 in attendance.

Joe started as a Card Connection franchisee back in 1999 buying a Southern Ireland territory and then over the years acquired another 2 territories to become the company’s first ‘Platinum Franchisee.’ Being the largest franchisees in the Republic of Ireland was only part of the story though, as he was hugely instrumental in the growth and success of ‘Card Connection across the whole of Ireland.

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Meabh Fitzpatrick Photography

He did this by example, taking Card Connection’s range of greeting cards and showed what could be done with drive, determination, hard work and a refusal to take no for an answer, winning the franchisor’s network award of Franchisee of the Year no less 6 times.

Greatly missed by all, Joe would have been delighted to have been able to accept this award in person, as the icing on cake for his exceptional impact on the greeting card landscape of Ireland.

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Card Connection Success Stories

Looking Before You Leap!

February 08, 2023
When Tony Nolan bought into a Card Connection greeting card franchise, he was in an excellent potion to understand fully what he was getting himself into.

Profiting from a focus on product

October 12, 2022
Although Card Connection’s Franchisee for Northampton Rakesh Joshi does not have the largest franchise territory in the greeting card supplier’s network, he certainly knows how to make the best of it when it comes to maximising his sales.
Card Connection Testimonials
"When we met Card Connection franchisees and the staff at Card Connection’s head office we were immediately impressed with the professionalism. This gave us confidence to know that we would have the back up of a professional organisation behind us. The business is now doing brilliantly and we are very confident we can continue to grow and make a sound living out of not only something that we enjoy but an enterprise that has a bright future ahead. I would also happily recommend the franchise to others. A Card Connection franchise will offer all the flexibility of running your own business yet it takes advantage of what is essentially a recession-proof industry."
Di Tudor,
Card Connection
"We knew that buying the Card Connection in Cornwall was the right decision because the franchise had all the benefits of being self-employed, yet with the support of a professional, national and reputable organisation right behind us. This means ongoing training and support is always available including access to Card Connection’s network of national retail accounts: Costcutter, Budgens, Spar, Shell and of course Londis. We started full-time in December 2007 – the busiest month of the year for greeting cards – and that was a challenge! However, the Card Connection head office support staff couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful to ensure our business got off to a flying start."
David Clements,
Card Connection
Location
Card Connection: Stirling
Investment
£60,000
Date Established
01-01-2007
Turnover
Various
Profile
Be Your Own Boss with a Card Connection Stirling Resale

An exciting resale opportunity has arisen to purchase a Card Connection Resale in Stirling as the current owner is moving away from the area.
With a successful track record and asking price of £60,000, this is a resale opportunity not to be missed.

About the Card Connection Franchise

Card Connection greeting card distribution franchise allows you to buy into an established company (over 30 years old) and a proven business model.

Franchisees enjoy the work/life flexibility of being their own boss, typically operating from home, but with the knowledge, passion and dedication of an established and highly successful franchisor behind them.

Card Connection franchisees have their own exclusive territory with an extensive customer base. New card designs are released fortnightly and franchisees have the support of a successful sales team who strive to continue to add to their portfolio of some of the country’s most recognisable convenience stores.

All of the franchise territories for sale are established which still have potential for growth in the hands of the right franchisee. Full details, plus map of the geographical territory, are available.
Status
Active
Location
Norwich
Investment
£142,005.34
Turnover
£82,712
Profile
Overview

A great opportunity has arisen for someone to operate the Norwich territory.

The heart of this area is the great Norwich City. You're surrounded by lots of beautiful towns and villages, including Holt and Hunstanton in north Norfolk to Aylsham, Dereham and Wymondham in mid Norfolk. Further south you have towns such as Southwold, Halesworth, Beccles and Bungay.

Not forgetting all the amazing coastline towns of Sheringham, Wells, Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Norwich is a well-managed territory and offers the right person the chance to manage and develop the territory.
Status
Active
Location
North West (Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim)
Investment
€220,257
Status
Active
Location
West/Southwest (Galway, North Tipperary & Clare)
Investment
€219,852
Status
Active
Location
Chelmsford
Investment
£104,748
Profile
A Fantastic well established developed territory with high performance and covers the following locations; mid-east and west Essex and the southern part of Suffolk area. Main towns are Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester and Clacton. In Suffolk - Ipswich and Felixstowe. All locations contain many high value national accounts and independents.

Selling due to retirement.
Status
Active
Location
Card Connection: Ayr
Investment
£65,281
Profile
A Fantastic opportunity to purchase this growing area. The Franchisee supplies quality retailers Spar, Nisa, One O One Convenience stores, BP M&S Simply food stores as well as local independent stores.

Reluctant sale due to family health issues. The area extends from the South of Glasgow and Paisley. Ayrshire with the towns of Kilmarnock and Ayr.

The beautiful coastal areas including Largs & Troon. Continue south to Stranraer and then along the Galloway coast. An area with a great variety of stores and countryside no two days will be the same. For the right person there is the opportunity to grow from the 106 outlets the current franchisee supplies.
Status
Active
Location
Nottingham West
Investment
£30,140
Profile
Available due to retirement, this area represents a wonderful business opportunity. It pleasingly combines thriving businesses around Derby and West Nottingham with rural stores. Compact yet teeming with possibilities, the area has been thoughtfully managed by the present franchisee and contains a superb diversity of loyal customers.
Status
Active
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Available Locations:
Re-sale franchises now available in the UK.
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£40,000
Financing Assistance
None
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