UK and Irish franchisees receive warm OPC welcome

26 Jul 2013

The Original Post Company (OPC) is delighted to welcome two further additions to its UK and Irish franchise networks. Martin and Maria Lloyd and Eamonn Ryan are off to a flying start with their greeting card franchises. 

Martin and Maria have taken over the Exeter territory from retiring franchisee, Clive Whalley. Martin explains how he and his wife decided on a greeting card franchise and on OPC in particular:

“I worked in the British Army for many years. After my last deployment to Germany had finished I thought it was time for something new. So I joined Selwood Group as an engineer, which is where I met my wife Maria, who was their HR Director at the time. We decided that we wanted to start a business together and opened a post office and tea room. However, after 6 ½ years we were looking for something that would give us more flexibility and time for ourselves and our family, so we sold the shop.

“We were actually looking at a number of card franchises but OPC just came across as a really nice company to do business with. Our training was spot on, I couldn’t fault it. We learned everything we needed to know and the training actually never stopped as we are continuously learning. 

“I really enjoy being out and about, North Devon is absolutely beautiful. The loveliest thing is that we can just stop for lunch and have a picnic with a stunning view. The flexibility of this franchise is absolutely superb. We are just in the process of moving house and I can easily take some time out to organise the move. I could have never done this in any of my previous jobs. We now also have much more time to spend with our grandchildren.”

OPC is the world’s leading greeting card distribution franchise, operating in a UK industry worth over £1.4 billion. Established in 1991, OPC’s franchise network has had complete UK coverage for over 20 years and is a full member of the British Franchise Association. Like Clive, some of OPC’s UK franchisees are currently selling their existing territories as they retire or move on to new business opportunities. OPC is also currently expanding in Ireland, with the exciting opportunity to build up a virgin territory. This is something that really appealed to Eamonn. He worked for Coca-Cola Ireland for 26 years and was looking for something that would suit his skills.

“After taking redundancy, I decided that I wanted the freedom and scope of being my own boss. I found out about OPC on a franchise website. Having come from the world-leading company in soft drinks, I wanted to join a world-leading franchise. I met with Mark Thompson, the Managing Director of OPC, and saw the setup of the franchise in Surrey. I was very impressed and I went back to some of my previous customers in Galway with samples and they all thought it was a great product.

“I also had the rare opportunity to build up a completely new territory with OPC here in Ireland. I have worked in the area before as a Coca-Cola merchandiser which helped as I already had contacts in many of the stores. I started trading two weeks ago and already have 10 accounts, so it does work and the combination of being self-employed but with the head office support really suits me,” says Eamonn.


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