December 04, 2013 // Franchising.com // Leading greeting card publisher, Card Connection has today announced that former Card Connection merchandiser Bryan Jones and his wife Sheila have purchased the Carlisle and Lancaster franchise territory. The couple will now supply around 120 retail outlets in the region, from Card Connection’s range of more than 1,200 quality greeting cards and accessories.
"We have known the former franchisees for Card Connection’s Carlisle and Lancaster territory – Colin and Julie Margison – for many years and when they talked about selling we were very interested," explains Bryan Jones. "I had previously worked a day per week for Colin doing some of the delivery and merchandising of the greeting cards in-store, so understood how the franchise worked. I also knew the business had been well run over the 19 years Colin and Julie owned it and believed this could be a great opportunity."
Previously, Bryan Jones ran his own graphic design and wedding photography business for many years. "I have always enjoyed dealing with customers and am looking forward to building relationships with my new retail clients," he explains. "I have also lived and worked in the area for 30 years so know it like the ‘back of my hand’. This knowledge will be helpful as there is a fair amount of travelling required to visit stores across the territory.
"We recently completed our training at head office and although there is a lot to learn the Card Connection team were really helpful and I know they will always be on the end of the phone if we need help," continues Bryan. "We are really excited about taking on the franchise and our new future with Card Connection!"
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 this year Card Connection celebrates 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 see: www.card-connection.co.uk Territories currently available include: Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Southend-on-Sea, Manchester, Cardiff, Southport/Wigan, Dundee/Kirkcaldy.
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 12,000 outlets through its network of 68 franchisees. www.card-connection.co.uk.
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