Husband and wife team Dean and Janet Hoyle started selling greetings cards from the back of a van in the mid-1990s. Today, Card Factory has grown to almost 500 stores across Britain, selling cards, novelties, gift-wrap and cuddly toys at discounted prices . The Wakefield company is a committed backer of Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2008 it donated £1m to the charity and challenged its customers to match that amount through in-store donations. LDC, part of Lloyds Banking Group, acquired a minority stake for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Under managing director Richard Hayes, sales in 2008 reached an annualised £157.1m.
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