March 21, 2012 // Franchising.com // Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has today announced it has recruited new franchisees Richard and Gargi Sequeira to run the company’s North London and Harrow franchise territory. The couple will now deliver greetings cards and gifts from more than 1,500 designs created by Card Connection, to retail outlets within their area.
“We chose Card Connection because of its leading position in this industry,” confirms Richard Sequeira. “We were impressed by the established nature of the company, its operations and extensive range of high-quality products. In addition, Card Connection has a strong network of national retail accounts to ensure our business had customers from day one.
“We are currently supplying around 170 stores and intend to grow this to 200 within a year,” continues Sequeira. “So far, we have had great support from the strong Asian community in our area. My wife, Gargi, who works full-time on the franchise, speaks several Indian languages so this has helped build trust quickly with local retailers and even secure increased display stand areas in-store, which will also help us to grow the business.”
Before joining Card Connection Gargi was a class-room assistant in a Montessori school and Richard was a design consultant in a bathroom showroom business, where he currently still works part-time.
“So far we are finding the business very interesting and rewarding, plus there is no hard-selling involved,” explains Richard Sequeira. “In addition, where the economic climate is affecting the sales of bathrooms, people always want greeting cards and there are retail outlets to supply on almost every street. We are now excited about the future and are very much looking forward to increasing the size of our business over the next few years with the support of Card Connection behind us.”
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.
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 £20,000 (+ stock) with earnings potential in excess of £50K 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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