The Original Poster Company began creating its range of cards, bags and wrapping paper in 1991. OPC have always sold their products through franchises. These franchisees sell to retailers around the globe on consignment rather than straight sales.
OPC’s head office is in Egham, Surrey and its Managing Director is Mark Thompson. Mark has been in the card business since 1989, working with Carte Blanche Greetings and Britannia Products (bought by Hallmark) before joining OPC in 2004 as their National Accounts Manager. Mark became managing director in 2008. Mark is supported by Charles Spencer, the Sales Manager who has had 30 years’ experience in the greeting card industry, 17 of those years spent with OPC.
The creative side of the business is headed by Jo Astles who started as a junior designer in 2005, after leaving university. The Original Poster Company was acquired by Cathay Investments 2 Limited in 2017. They own companies in a range of industries, from chemicals distribution to toys and stationery.
The UK and Ireland has been divided into 70 franchise territories. It’s possible to operate more than one franchise from a home base, with full support from the Original Poster Company.