January 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Leading greeting card publisher, Card Connection has today announced that Peter and Sharon Smith have joined Card Connection as new franchisees for Macclesfield and Buxton. The couple will now supply quality greeting cards and accessories from Card Connection’s extensive range of around 1,200 products to more than 130 retailers in in the region.
"I have worked in the printing and publishing trade for many years," explains Peter Smith. "However, when the printing company I worked for went into administration after 52 years in business earlier this year and I was made redundant, I started making enquiries. My wife Sharon and I are friends with Card Connection’s franchisees for Cornwall, David and Marie Clements, and they recommended the franchise to us.
"Card Connection’s team seemed very professional and provide lots of back-up so after some detailed investigation and discussion we decided to go for it and buy the franchise," continues Peter. "I like the pedigree of UK Greetings and American Greetings – Card Connection’s parent company -and with my experience of print; I recognise the quality and variety of the products. With 6-7 new greeting card designs being produced every week there will always be something for everyone. I anticipate this will really help when talking to new retail customers as you can always show them something new.
"Sharon who has been a mobile hairdresser for 30 years enjoyed her job, but felt like it was time for a change too," continues Peter. "Sharon is excellent with the public and my corporate background should provide a good combination. We are excited about going into business together and looking forward to a new challenge for the New Year!"
Michael Johnson, managing director, Card Connection comments: "We are pleased to welcome Peter and Sharon as our newest franchisees. Our dedicated and experienced team will be on-hand to support them through their training and handover and provide them with all the help they need to build their franchise over the coming months and years."
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 in 2013 Card Connection celebrated 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, Kingston Upon Hull, Cardiff and Southport/Wigan and Ayr/Kilmarnock.
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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