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Barking Mad Dog Care named its 2018 Franchisee of the Year at its 15th National Conference.

The franchised service, which provides ‘bespoke holidays’ for dogs while their owners are away, celebrated  at the Low Wood Bay Resort in the Lake District, focusing on the people who make their brand a success. The event, led by managing director Lee Dancy, was a thank you for the hard work from more than 75 branches across the UK and marked 18 years in business.

Barking Mad was founded by Lee in 2000 and the two-day conference has been held each year in the Lakes since the business became a franchisor accredited by the British Franchise Association.

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“Our 15th conference is a proud celebration for Barking Mad and a lot of fun, too,” Lee said. “We love what we do and are privileged to work with such talented, hard-working people who have made us the UK’s brand leader.

“We were thrilled to present our Franchisee of the Year Award to John and Elaine Warburton, of Barking Mad Fife and Kinross. Our 2018 conference theme was ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’ and I believe that John and Elaine operate with this vision at the very core of all they do. Their relationship with customers and in particular their hosts, is exemplary and as a result they benefit from the financial rewards those relationships bring.”

The dog holiday specialist welcomed guest speaker Peter Gorbing, CEO of Dogs for Good, Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018. After huge fundraising efforts to support the charity’s life-changing and inspirational work, the franchise network was delighted to learn that more than £6,000 had been raised, enough for the sponsorship of Prince, a new puppy in training.

Source: Pet Business World

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