Year ended 31 January Milestone
1998 The first Card Factory store opened in Wakefield by Dean and Janet Hoyle, trading as a discount retailer with products sourced from wholesalers
2006 Acquired Card Concepts Limited and Excelsior Graphics, marking the start of the Group’s vertical integration, with Stuart Middleton (Creative Director) joining the Business, and the establishment of a design studio in Wakefield and direct relationships with printers
2007 Acquired 39 Celebrations Cards and Card Crazy stores
2009 Acquired 74 stores from Celebrations Group
2010 Darren Bryant appointed as Group Finance Director (re-named Chief Financial Officer in 2010)
Acquired Printcraft, a Yorkshire-based manufacturer of greeting cards and a significant existing supplier to Card Factory, creating the Group’s in-house printing operations, further developing the vertically integrated model
2011 Charterhouse acquired the Business through an MBO from the founder shareholders and minority shareholder, Lloyds Development Capital
2012 Acquired Getting Personal, an online retailer of personalised cards and gifts (www.gettingpersonal.co.uk)
Expanded and relocated the Group’s printing operations to a new freehold property in Shipley, Yorkshire
2013 Launched Card Factory’s transactional website www.cardfactory.co.uk
2014 Opened new Head Office and additional warehouse in Wakefield
2015 IPO on London Stock Exchange
2017 Karen Hubbard appointed CEO

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