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About the GCA
The GCA is the trade body representing the UK greeting card industry.
An independent not for profit organisation owned by our members, we provide help, advice, support, specialist industry information, resources and membership services to everyone in the greeting card industry.
We representing our sector in the media and to outside bodies such as the government and Royal Mail.
Our membership comprises companies of all shapes and sizes, from largest plc's through to the smallest one-man band.
The are two types of GCA membership, our core group of greeting card publisher members and an associate membership category for any other UK business with an interest in the greeting card industry, such as retailers, trade fair organisers and specialist suppliers to the trade.
GCA members have ready access to our members’ area with its specialist resources; reasonably priced seminars, meetings and events.
The GCA is governed by its Council of elected members and managed by Amanda Fergusson, GCA CEO (pictured).
The GCA organises two annual card sending events on behalf of the industry, Thinking of You Week and Festive Friday.
Launched in 2014, Thinking of You Week takes place during the last week in September. This consumer-sending occasion is designed to harness the emotional power of cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the world, by encouraging the public to sends card a day to different people during the week.
This occasion now has it's own dedicated website. A UK GCA initiative this has now spread to the US and Australia and has encouraged more and more people to use the power of a greeting card to connect with loved ones just to say thinking of you, share an image or a joke, or cheer someone up.
Launched in 2013, Festive Friday is the final Friday in November. This is the day when the whole greeting card industry sends its personal Christmas cards to friends and family to launch the festive sending season with bang.
The GCA also promotes card sending to the next generation by providing popular free schools resources via the Resources section of this website, as well the Times Education Supplement and Guardian websites.