Card Connection has announced that its franchise owner for Armagh, South Tyrone, County Antrim and Belfast, Gabriel McGeown, has been named as a regional semi-finalist for the bfa Franchisee of the Year 2012 awards.

“We are delighted that Gabriel McGeown has been selected as a regional semi-finalist for the bfa Franchisee of the Year awards,” said Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Card Connection. “He is an outstanding performer, in the past four years he has increased the number of retail accounts he supplies from less than 100 to more than 220, gaining more than 30 referrals from existing customers in last two years.

“However, as well as introducing numerous innovations and growing his business in challenging market conditions, Gabriel is always willing to support his fellow franchise owners. As an example, during the busiest time of the year (Christmas), Gabriel was able to find time to help a new franchise owner set up his business. He arranged for a builder to copy the measurements of his stock room and storage area so the set-up could be replicated quickly. He also took one of his staff to the new franchise owner’s unit to help him get up and running straight away.

“Gabriel McGeown’s significant achievements have already been acknowledged with our Card Connection Franchisee of the Year Award, two years in a row. However, to be put forward as a semi-finalist for the bfa award is further recognition of his dedication and commitment to both his business and his fellow franchise owners.”

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