Starting a Greeting Card Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Greeting card shops supply a wide range of greeting cards and related items such as stamps, gift-wrap, boxes and bags, as well as giftware, including stuffed toys, photo frames, wedding albums, candles and calendars.

As well as trading from traditional high street premises, many greeting card retailers also trade online and by mail order. Greeting card retail is one of the most competitive sectors on the high street and is dominated by major retail chains including Clintons and Card Factory. Card shops also face significant competition from online retailers such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon that supply personalised greeting cards and offer a wide range of gifts such as mugs, T-shirts and wall art that can also be personalised and dispatched directly to the recipient.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a greeting card shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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