In just six months the franchise owners of Card Connection Hereford and Stratford have grown their business by 31 per cent.

Dave and Di Tudor, who own the Card Connection Hereford and Stratford franchise, now supply the company’s extensive range of greeting cards and accessories to more than 300 stores across their franchise territory.

Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Card Connection, said: “The past year has seen an increase in sales of 18 per cent for Dave and Di Tudor’s franchise and this has accelerated to more than 30 per cent in the last six months. The growth has been due to servicing additional national Card Connection accounts including Spar and Dave’s Discount stores but also new independent retail customers where Dave and Di have been able to offer better merchandising and display deals. The couple have also worked hard, supporting all Card Connection’s ranges within all the outlets they supply and this is really starting to pay off.”

Di Tudor added: “We joined Card Connection in 2006 and have been focused on growing the business. Dave is from a farming background so is not afraid of hard work. He will always go the extra mile to make sure our retailers are happy. We have also invested in new equipment to upgrade displays, which have resulted in more sales as well as ensuring the full range of greeting cards, party accessories, bottle bags and wrap are supplied to as many stores as possible.

“Our Card Connection business development manager, Andy Bull, has also been really supportive when it comes to work in the field. He will think nothing of traveling several hours to accompany Dave for an early start on the Welsh Borders on a Monday morning and this has really helped us reap the rewards on the new business front.”

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