December 16, 2011 // Franchising.com // Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has today announced that its Middlesbrough and Darlington Franchise area has been offered for sale. Having been in operation since October 1995, this franchise offers the chance to earn an income from day one by buying an established and profitable business, while also joining one of the UK’s most successful franchises.
“Because Card Connection’s franchise network in the UK and Ireland is complete, the only available opportunities now consist of acquiring an already-established business from an existing franchisee,” explains Andrew Cutler sales and franchise director, Card Connection. “This territory is only on the market due to the retirement of the current franchisees and therefore represents an exciting prospect for someone looking to run their own franchise business.
“The compact area covers rural villages and several major towns and cities including Stockton-On-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough,” continues Cutler. “The current franchisees supply and merchandise greeting cards and gifts to around 130 retail outlets. However, there is still plenty of opportunity to develop the business further and we will work with the new franchisee to develop a long term business plan in order to maximise the profitability of this appealing franchise opportunity.”
Card Connection’s team of franchisees throughout the UK and Ireland hand pick and deliver greeting cards from a range of 1,500 innovative designs including: Santé, humour, luxury handmade and special occasion cards. Using a proven system, franchisees place greeting card ranges in retail outlets on a ‘consignment’ basis. This is a little like sale or return, except display equipment and merchandising expertise is available on free loan, allowing retailers to expand stock levels at absolutely no risk. The award winning service provided to retailers by local franchisees is second to none and has established the company’s excellent reputation, especially within the convenience sector. Card Connection franchisees supply major retailers including the likes of: BP, Costcutter, Londis, Budgens, Spar, Haldanes and WHSmith Travel as well as many independent stores.
Card Connection is part of UK Greetings, the largest publicly owned greeting card publisher in the world and has limited vacancies for franchisees who are keen to run an expanding business. Successful candidates would ideally have some management experience as, once established, they would be expected to employ a small team, operate a warehouse and have several liveried vans on the road.
The investment required to purchase the Middlesbrough and Darlington territory is £28,800 (+ stock & display equipment) with current gross profit earnings of almost £40K per annum. For further information see: www.card-connection.co.uk
Card Connection is one of the UK’s most successful card publishers and is the market leader in the franchised distribution of greeting cards.
The company was established in 1992 and became a Full Member of the British Franchise Association in 1995. It now distributes greeting cards to around 15,000 outlets through its network of 85 franchisees. www.card-connection.co.uk
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