OPC Franchisee David Hyde ... 18 months on

03 Jul 2014

David Hyde purchased his Banbury greeting card franchise in 2012. We caught up with him 18 months on to find out how he was getting on.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I started my working life as an apprentice printer where I first heard of and printed OPC cards. I later moved into Print and Design Management and now have over 30 years’ experience in this field. I’m married to Sue and we have two grown-up daughters.

How did you come to be in franchising?

After becoming disillusioned with being an employee in print I looked at various opportunities where I could do something on my own. I had looked at various options for start-up businesses, none of which seemed to fit with what I wanted. I started looking into buying an existing business and contacted an ex work colleague of mine who had run a card franchise. After looking further into franchising I decided it was the way to go for me.

Why did you choose OPC?

I looked at a few card franchise companies. I chose OPC after visiting Elephant House and seeing for myself the product which was different from the rest and the support system that was in place. I felt this was superior to the other companies I had looked at.

What was your initial training and support like?

My initial training and support was excellent from both head office and from my Business Development Manager Dawn. Dawn showed me everything about the business until I was comfortable to work alone, even now she is always only a call away when any issues crop up.

What has been the best benefit to being an OPC franchisee?

Freedom from being tied in 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. Although it is still fairly long hours, the times I work are determined by me!

What are your future plans with your franchise?

I am very pleased with my first 18 months. My sales are growing at a respectable rate in line with my initial plans. My future plans for my franchise are to consolidate what I have as well as to continue to gain new business year on year. I have no ceiling on how far I can take it - I'll just keep pushing!

OPC is the world’s leading greeting card distribution franchise, operating in an industry worth over £1.4 billion just in the UK. 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. In the UK, OPC is a great franchise for those with strong management and customer service skills. Over 90% of OPC’s franchisees surveyed agree that their home-based system gives them the flexibility to enjoy family life.

Some of OPC’s franchisees are currently selling their existing territories as they retire or move on to new business opportunities and if you would like to find out more about an OPC resale territory, please call 01932 267300 or email mail@originalposter.com.

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