Plan-it Cards Ltd

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Member - Full
Retail Distribution
Mr Jonathan Waterson
Plan-it Cards Ltd  
Woburn House, Grayshott Road, Headley Down, Hampshire, GU35 8JQ, United Kingdom

About Plan-it Cards Ltd

Company Overview

Plan-it Cards is a greetings card Plan-it Cardspublisher that distributes high-quality cards, gift wrap and gift bags directly to independent stores and national retail accounts e.g. Costcutter, Premier and Londis through our franchisee network.

We provide a monthly merchandising service with a unique planned display system (hence our name) that enables the retailer to offer a balanced selection of Everyday, Spring Seasons and Christmas cards expertly tailored to match consumers’ buying habits and the seasonality promotions. 

Plan-it Cards franchisees provide this service to any retail outlet that sells cards! All card and gift wrap designs published are designed in-house, use the highest quality materials and are exclusive to Plan-it Cards.

Franchise Overview

Established in 2000 as a franchise Plan-it Cardsoperation, Plan-it Cards has national UK coverage with further international distribution in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Canada.

Our business model has been established through a proven quality business system, concentrating on good customer service and the innovation of bright new designs, suitable for all occasions. We also operate using the consignment method. The retailer only pays for what they have sold!

We have a small number of territories for sale which are currently merchandised through the Head Office and though the areas may not be fully developed yet they offer opportunity of income from day one and potential growth through hard work and enthusiasm. We also have available a number of established franchise businesses for sale.

Franchise sale prices depend on their size and level of development.

Key Information

  • Network Size: 11-25 units
  • Franchise Type: Management
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £15,000
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £15,000
  • Franchise Location: Home/Van-based
  • Market: B2B

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Plan-it Cards


Training starts with a one-day seminar involving franchisees at different stages of their business development who pass on their knowledge and skills. This important day covers merchandising, product knowledge, display planning, journey planning, how to open new accounts and on-going business development.

It continues with a three-day programme back in the territory on a one to one basis that covers the practical back-room elements of the business needed to deliver the front end service to the customers. There is also a practical day in the field merchandising and meeting with customers face to face.

Once you are up and running there are an additional three days set aside for on-going training in the field. This is particularly helpful in focusing on opening new accounts, and refining customer service.   

Daily Life of a Franchisee

Franchisees normally visit between 8-10 retail sites a day with a typical day involving the preparation of displays at home (or small storage unit) and then installation of these displays in store.

Calls to the retailers are carried out monthly with a fresh display of stock installed each visit. With new designs released monthly there is always something new to show the retailer.

On each visit customers pay for what they sell. There is minimal paperwork and most shops pay on the day of visit.

The franchisees then return home with the previous month’s unsold stock to replenish and make sure the stock is ready for the next day’s calls.

Plan-it Cards Ltd Case studies

  • Colin Jakes

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Colin Jakes

    Colin knew all about the potential of Plan-it Cards from his brother Graham - who was already a franchisee! He decided it was right for him too, and is delighted with his experiences so far.

  • Jacky Francis

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Jacky Francis

    "I was attracted to running my own business for the flexible hours, and being able to work from home; once my daughter started school, I could decide when to work and still did not have to have a childminder."

  • Ian Hinton

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Ian Hinton

    In May 2001 Ian purchased a franchise which covered the Walsall & Wolverhampton area. A virgin territory, he found opening shops easy and opened one hundred accounts in his first month!

  • Simon & Caroline Hanna

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Simon & Caroline Hanna

    With experience in the industry and a heavy involvement in franchising, Simon Hanna knew just what he was looking for. He found his ideal opportunity with Plan-it Cards.

  • David Andrews & Andrew Crabb

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: David Andrews & Andrew Crabb

    David Andrews and Andrew Crabb were familiar with Plan-it Cards through the local franchisee visiting their Post Office on the outskirts of Bristol. They liked the product and knew it sold well so when they heard that the local franchisee was looking to sell his business they investigated the opportunity thoroughly.

  • Alistair Black

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Alistair Black

    Alistair Black has found that by being realistic regarding how many shops he services and hiring the help he needs, he has been able to achieve the work/life balance he wants with Plan-it Cards.

  • Maciej Warchocki

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Maciej Warchocki

    After five years with Plan-it Cards, Maciej Warchocki now has 350 sites in and around London with an aim to reach 500 for his next milestone!

  • Roger Johnson

    Plan-it Cards Ltd: Roger Johnson

    With experience in retail and previous knowledge about franchising. Roger Johnson decided to buy a small but established franchise helping him to make money from day one with Plan-it Cards.

  • Justin Brookes
    Mail Boxes Etc - Franchisee case study

    Justin Brookes, who owns two Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) stores in Oxford, was one of the early franchisees to join the network, which has now grown to over 120 “one-stop” High Street stores in the UK and Ireland.

    Read the full case study
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