LEADING THE WAY … TO A FANTASTIC WORK/LIFE BALANCE
A surprise phone call following a chance meeting with OSCAR Pet Foods’ behaviourist, Shelley Audis-Riddell, BSc (Hons) MSc, turned Andy and Michelle’s lives around. After attending “by far the best puppy classes you could ever imagine” Michelle’s love of animals and Shelley’s inspirational knowledge of pet behaviour sowed the seeds for a pioneering new franchise opportunity.
‘OSCAR Pet Foods, the UK’s largest pet food home delivery franchise were launching a new business to support pet ownership – would I be interested in running their pilot franchise?
‘Fed up with exhausting and financially unrewarding jobs, my husband and I were properly stuck in a bubble of negativity.
‘Here was an opportunity to work flexibly, at my own pace, around precious family commitments, whilst indulging my life-long love of animals and enjoying a steady income from the rapidly expanding pet industry.
‘As my Leading the Way business picked up I asked my husband, Andy, to step in to help with some of the dog walking. As a trained dog groomer in his spare time, I had an inkling that he would turn out to be a great asset to the business. In fact, Andy’s naturally high standards and calm temperament turned out to be perfect. So much so, that before long he decided to leave his previous employment and join the business full time. He’s never looked back.
‘It’s great being out every day experiencing the changing seasons. We’ve learned to listen out for the beautiful call of a buzzard and enjoy seeing the countryside at its very best; with the added benefit of staying incredibly fit!
‘Shelley’s knowledge has given our business not only the expertise it requires but also the edge of professionalism that it deserves.
‘The CERTA Accreditation delivers certainty when it comes to knowing that we offer the highest standards in the industry – nothing is left to chance.
‘One of the greatest joys we have each day is looking back with happiness at how far this franchise opportunity has turned our lives around.
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‘We could not be happier with our new-found life/work balance.’
“Leading the Way support has been outstanding, going above and beyond. We have never experienced this kind of commitment, helping us through the early challenges of starting a new business with no previous experience.”
Andy and Michelle Corrigan, Leading the Way Chorley