With a 30-year trading history, the Gloucester-based greetings card designer and distributor has recorded £14m of sales in the last year to over a thousand stores, including WH Smith, Wyevale and a number of the UK’s leading supermarkets.
The funding allowed the business to improve its cash flow and add new members to its team bringing the number of employees at the firm to over 140. The business is also planning an overhaul of major operations, including the installation of a new IT system, as it prepares for the busy Christmas period.
Chris Davies, finance director at The Great British Card Company, said: “As we work in a seasonal market, it was important that we found a working capital provider that really understood our business, offering a facility that could adapt to our needs.
“Secure Trust Bank was the perfect match and we are now looking forward to building this relationship further as we develop significant revenue growth in the next few years.
“The finance facility enabled us to expand our creative design department and establish new operational efficiencies, putting the firm in a strong position for our busy periods at Christmas and next Easter.”
Steve Goulden, regional sales director at Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance, said: “For an SME to add £1m to its revenue in a year is impressive, especially in a market that is fluid and uncertain.
“We are proud of our work with the team at The Great British Card Company, as we have seen the firm strengthen its offering in many areas. The ongoing relationship we have built with the company will allow us to continue to support this expansion.”