Bury St Edmunds dog owners needed as Barking Mad launches in town

October 19, 2019

A dog-sitting service has launched in Bury St Edmunds, giving residents the chance to look after a pooch for free.

 
Barking Mad has set-up in the area this week, after the online pet-matching scheme proved a success in other towns. It sees owners pay the company to source a host, before going away. Barking Mad will then procure a small fee to the short-term owner to cover costs.

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Steve Lake has bought into the franchise, which he hopes will allow dog lovers, who are unable to own a pet, to enjoy the experience.

“We hope hosts will see a boost to their own wellbeing,” said Mr Lake, who left a career in distribution to start-up.

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Mr Lake meets potential owners – who can state a preference for the kind of dog they wish to take.

By William Mata

Source: Bury Free Press

Kirkby Lonsdale company expands

October 15, 2019

A DOG care company which began in Kirkby Lonsdale less than 20 years ago, Barking Mad, has now gone international.

Barking Mad, which already has franchises across the UK, has announced the launch of a first ever franchise in the Republic of Ireland.

 
“Launching our first Irish franchise enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with local dog lovers to bring our multi award-winning dog sitting service to new areas, without forgetting our Cumbrian roots,” said managing director Rachel Stewart.

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The company started in the town in 2000 as a local ‘dog-sitting’ service.

It grew to offer bespoke dog holidays and recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families to operate their franchises.

Continued expansion means it now has a nationwide network of more than 80 franchises, though the head office remains in Kirkby Lonsdale.

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The idea to expand across the Irish Sea came from Jennifer Curtin from Lahinch, County Clare, whose new franchise will operate in the Galway and Limerick area.

“Brainstorming with a relative in Yorkshire, they asked if we had anything like Barking Mad in Ireland,” she said.

“After research, I concluded that we didn’t and went straight to the source to launch my own branch.

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“Coming from a large extended family, this is the only time I’ve ever been the first to do anything, so it means a lot.

“Animals have always been my passion. I have worked as a dog groomer for the last 13 years and adore my own two dogs, Kala, a Staffordshire bull terrier and Sky, a collie mix.”

By Tony Dawber

Source: The Westmorland Gazette

Barking Mad goes international

October 12, 2019

Barking Mad has launched its first international franchise in the Galway and Limerick area or Ireland.

Jennifer Curtin, from Lahinch, in County Care, said: “I am very proud to launch the Barking Mad alternative to kennels in Ireland.

 

“Coming from a large extended family, this is the only time I’ve ever been the first to do anything, so it means a lot. Animals have always been my passion; I have worked as a dog groomer for the last 13 years and adore my own two dogs.”

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Brainstorming with a relative in Yorkshire, Jennifer was if there was anything like Barking Mad in Ireland. After research, she concluded that there wasn’t and went straight to the source to launch her own branch.

EXTENSIVE NETWORK

“I can’t fault the team at Barking Mad for their support. With their experience, all avenues have been tried and tested, so I’m confident that together we can make a success of Barking Mad in Ireland.”

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The pet care franchise business has established an extensive network throughout the UK, which, with the new Irish addition, now totals 88 franchises.

Managing director Rachel Stewart said: “Launching our first Irish franchise enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with local dog lovers to bring our multi award-winning dog sitting service to new areas.

“We are so excited to announce that Barking Mad has gone international and are looking for others to join us.

“Barking Mad franchise owners benefit from a lifestyle with flexibility, a growing full-time income and the rewards of making a really positive difference to the lives of dog lovers and their four-legged best friends.”

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The Barking Mad dog sitting service has been running for 20 years and is rated 5* by the independent review platform Trustpilot. Franchise owners offer bespoke dog holidays and recruit dog-loving host families to care for pets while their owners are away.

It is part of the Franchise Brands group of companies, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

By Karen Pickwick

Fife Barking Mad owners declared top dogs at major franchising awards

July 24, 2019

Barking Mad UK – A couple whose business provides ‘dog holidays’ across Fife have won a major industry award.

John and Elaine Warburton, franchise owners of Barking Mad Fife & Kinross, were named ‘Franchisee of the Year’ winners in the Lifestyle category at the glittering bfa HSBC Franchise Awards ceremony on June 27.

 
The highly coveted awards are the franchising industry’s most important form of recognition and champion those who have shown exceptional business acumen over the last 12 months.

The husband and wife team showed that their business has thrived while allowing them to achieve an enviable life-work balance. In their case, this meant indulging a real love of dogs as well as working their roles around their daughter and other commitments.

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Elaine was delighted to accept the award: “The entire awards journey has been fantastic and we are honoured to have been a part of it. We truly believe that Barking Mad has changed our lives, it certainly has mine, having such a positive impact on my mental health. We sincerely hope that others will be inspired to follow their dreams just like we did.”

John added: “Working as Barking Mad Fife & Kinross’ owner with Elaine has been the best decision we have ever made!”

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Former marketing director John keeps a keen eye on the figures, but Elaine, an ex-police officer and fitness instructor who felt unfulfilled in her previous career, also counts doggy cuddles as part of the profits!

They have achieved a cumulative turnover projected to be £400,000 in just five years and aspire to grow their business to a level where they can recruit more staff.

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Established in 2000, Barking Mad is the UK’s most trusted dog sitting service. They provide bespoke dog holidays through a franchise network of dedicated, local professionals.

Franchisees recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families who care for pets while their owners are away.

By GORDON HOLMES

Source: Fife Today

Husband and wife team are top dogs

July 6, 2019

John and Elaine Warburton, Barking Mad franchise business owners from Fife, were revealed as Franchisee of the Year winners in the Lifestyle category of the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

The awards are the franchising industry’s most important form of recognition and champion those who have shown exceptional business acumen over the last 12 months.

 
The husband and wife team from Barking Mad showed that their business had thrived while allowing them to achieve an enviable life-work balance. In their case, this meant indulging a real love of dogs as well as working their roles around their daughter and other commitments.

Elaine said: “The entire awards journey has been fantastic and we are honoured to have been a part of it. We truly believe that Barking Mad has changed our lives; it certainly has mine, having such a positive impact on my mental health. We sincerely hope that others will be inspired to follow their dreams just like we did.”

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John added: “Working as Barking Mad Fife & Kinross owner with Elaine has been the best decision we have ever made.”

LIVING THE DREAM

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC and joint presenter of the awards, said: “John and Elaine are living the dream working for Barking Mad. Working with animals all day and looking after their own gives them great pleasure, and for them to make a successful business out of this is testament to their hard work and passion.”

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, said: “John & Elaine really showed in the judging how franchising has had a profoundly positive impact on both their lives. They are both the epitome of the lifestyle franchisee.”

Former marketing director John keeps a keen eye on the figures, but Elaine, an ex police officer and fitness instructor who felt unfulfilled in her previous career, also counts doggy cuddles as part of the profits! They have achieved a cumulative turnover projected to be £400,000 in just five years and aspire to grow their business to a level where they can recruit more staff.

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Established in 2000, Barking Mad is rated No.1 by Trustpilot. It provides bespoke dog holidays through a franchise network of local professionals. Franchisees recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families who care for pets while their owners are away.

Barking Mad is a multi-award winning franchise which is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies, an international multi-brand franchisor with a combined network of more than 450 franchisees in 12 countries.

By Karen Pickwick

Source: Pet Business World

Barking Mad appoints managing director duo

May 26, 2019

Barking Mad Dog Care announced the appointment of two new joint managing directors at its annual conference in the Lake District.

Richard Dancy and Rachel Stewart will run the leading dog care franchise jointly, specialising in communications and operations respectively and leading an award-winning support team.

Barking Mad’s founder, Lee Dancy, retires as MD this month (June). The Dancy name, which has become synonymous with the dog holiday brand and franchising, will live on, however, as Lee’s husband, Richard, takes over the reins alongside former business development consultant Rachel.

Barking Mad, the dog home boarding franchise, has been run semi-autonomously by Lee since the company’s acquisition by the Franchise Brands group in 2016.

Franchise Brands is an international multi-brand franchisor with a combined network of more than 450 franchisees in 12 countries. Under a new structure, the parent company will now play a greater role in ensuring growing success through shared support services such as technology, marketing, finance and franchise recruitment.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL

Chairman of Franchise Brands Stephen Hemsley said: “Lee’s passion, commitment and entrepreneurial spirit were instrumental in achieving this success and everyone at Franchise Brands wishes her all the very best.”

Lee was a pioneer in the dog home boarding market 19 years ago when she set about creating a new concept for dog holidays. Today, Barking Mad is a multi-award-winning business with more than 80 franchisees nationwide.

The Barking Mad concept is centred on accommodating dogs in a caring environment, ensuring their routine is kept as consistent as possible with a loving, local host family.

Lee added: “After almost 20 years at the helm I have decided to retire. I feel extremely proud to have founded a business which has changed the lives of so many people: our customers and their dogs, our community of wonderful host families and the enthusiastic franchise network of 82 business owners.

“We recently celebrated all things Barking Mad at the National Conference hosted on the shores of Lake Windermere. It was a very fitting celebration themed ‘Teamwork makes the Dream Work’ and a delightful opportunity to recognise the success of the business. I look forward to seeing Barking Mad continue to grow under the leadership of Rachel Stewart and Richard Dancy.”

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ENTHUSIASM

Everyone in the dog-sitting network came together to celebrate and thank Lee for her vision, hard work and unwavering enthusiasm.

Barking Mad franchise owners John and Elaine Warburton, from Fife, have recently been named as finalists in the British Franchise Association’s HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award.

Richard Dancy said: “Barking Mad has really grown up in the 11 years I have worked in the business and Lee has literally changed the lives of thousands of dog lovers and business owners as a result. I am delighted to be able to continue to work with Rachel and the team, including all those at Franchise Brands group plc.

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“Our new structure integrates us more into our parent company, which puts us in a very strong position with such excellent resources at our disposal. Barking Mad will continue to expand in a buoyant growth market with the pet sector predicted to hit £7bn in 2021.”

Rachel Stewart added: “Lee has been an inspirational founder and leader and has steered the business to huge success over the last 19 years. She leaves at an exciting and buoyant time for the pet care sector and she leaves behind firm foundations from which Richard and I can further build upon.”

By Karen Pickwick

Source: Pet Business World

Karen’s Barking Mad thanks to national award

May 16, 2019

Barking Mad Dog Care has recognised business success at its 16th national conference.

Local dog business owner Karen Wright received an award for above average year-on-year financial growth.

The franchised service, which provides bespoke holidays for dogs whilst their owners are away, celebrated at the Low Wood Bay Resort in the Lake District, where the achievements of the branch covering Conwy, Bangor and Anglesey was acknowledged.

The event, led by managing director Lee Dancy, was a thank-you for all the hard work from the dog care providers across the UK and it marked 19 years of continued success.

Lee Dancy said: “We were delighted to recognise Karen’s proactive and professional approach in running her business.

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“It is a testament to her dedication and hard work that Barking Mad Conwy, Bangor and Anglesey has shown such growth.”

“Karen’s love of dogs and people has always shone through as she has grown her business.

“She has also built a thriving community of dog sitting host families, improving and enriching the lives of local people with dog companionship.”

Karen said: “I am delighted to receive an award acknowledging how well my business has done.

“Having started from scratch just over two years ago, we have gone from strength to strength and attained the top year-on-year growth figure in Barking Mad UK with over 70 per cent.

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“We have some gorgeous doggy customers and fantastic hosts who make every day a happy one.

“I love reading the five-star reviews our customers send in and watching our hosts enjoy their dog guests.

“It’s great to see my regular customers get so excited when the Barking Mad car arrives for them.”

The Barking Mad concept is centred on accommodating dogs in a caring environment, ensuring their routine is kept as consistent as possible with a loving, local host family.

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The Barking Mad brand, part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies, is recognised across the pet care sector and the franchise industry, as well as the great British pet loving public.

By Shaun Davies

Source: North Waled Chronicle

Grantham dog business couple voted ‘Best Newcomer’ at ceremony

May 14, 2019

A Grantham dog business couple have been named as Barking Mad Dog Care’s ‘2019 Newcomer of the Year’ at its national conference.

Colin and Jacqui Murphy, who live in Barrowby Gate, Grantham, beat more than 80 other dog care providers to be named top dog at the conference in the Lake District last month. The couple opened up the franchised dog-sitting business in 2017 to offer pet owners an alternative to using kennels.

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Barking Mad managing director Lee Dancy said: “We were delighted to reward Colin and Jacqui’s hard work in developing their franchise into a prosperous and well-established business. They took over an existing business which was operating at a steady level to take it to the next level.”

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Colin said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our efforts. From being customers ourselves to being named as best newcomers in just 18 months is something we are very proud of.”

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By Tracey Davies

Source: Grantham Journal

Alnwick business raises hundreds to support dog charity

September 29, 2018

An animal business in Alnwick has proved it is top dog when it comes to fund-raising, by collecting the most in the country for a vital charity. Barking Mad franchisees throughout the UK have donated almost £10,000 to Dogs for Good, which trains dogs to help people with severe disabilities.

And north Northumberland’s local franchise has emerged as England’s top money-raiser for the charity.

Tina Young, of Warkworth, whose team operates from Hawkhill Business Park, on the outskirts of Alnwick, said: “I’m thrilled to learn that the £705 we have raised so far has pushed us into the position of top dog in England. “The charity trains dogs to support people with disabilities, including children with autism, in order to enrich and improve lives.”

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The team’s fund-raising efforts included a cake sale, raffles, a tombola and dog-biscuit sales.

Barking Mad offers a specialist dog-sitting service.

Source: Northumberland Gazette

Independent pet businesses nominated for national business award

June 17, 2018

Dog holiday service Barking Mad and dog walking and boarding company We Love Pets have both been shortlisted in this year’s Bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

Barking Mad has been named as a finalist in the Brand Awareness category while We Love Pets has made the shortlist in the Emerging Franchisor of the Year category.

In 2017, Barking Mad invested into consumer brand marketing for the benefit of its network. This involved a truly integrated marketing campaign, using varied techniques including a full re-brand and PR, TV, web, print and event campaigns.

Family-run We Love Pets launched its pilot franchise four years ago and has since recruited 12 franchisees.

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Joanne White, founder and company director of We Love Pets, said: “We are over the moon to receive the news that we’re a finalist in such prestigious franchise awards. It’s a real credit to the team and we’re looking forward to the opportunities it will bring.”

Richard Dancy, head of marketing for Barking Mad, added: “It has been a stonkingly good year for our brand, which has required many hours of hard work. To receive recognition for this year’s dedication by all involved means the world to us. We hope to enjoy the benefits for years to come.”

All the Bfa HSBC Franchise Award category winners will be named at an exclusive black-tie ceremony held between day one and two of the Bfa Annual Conference, on 28 June 2018 at the ICC in Birmingham.

Source: Pet Gazette