Supporting Our Local Communities

May 20, 2020

As we all work together to stay safe and alert, OSCAR’s nationwide network of Local Nutritional Advisors are on hand to deliver essential services to customers in their communities.

 
Delivering a comprehensive range of pet foods, treats, toys and accessories to those self-isolating, shielding, or recovering from Covid-19, means peace of mind for pet owners who can concentrate on their families and working lives knowing their pets are going to be cared for – one less thing to worry about in these uncertain times.

Above and beyond the call of duty, our Nutritional Advisors are working tirelessly to support their local communities by finding new ways to help other small businesses and organisations throughout this crisis and are busy lifting community spirits wherever they go.

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Spontaneously volunteering to deliver essential supplies for customers that are self-isolating, thoughtfully delivering care packages to the most vulnerable and generously helping to deliver PPE face shields to the NHS front line are just some of the ways our franchisees continue to be involved in supporting their local communities.

Reacting quickly to assist our franchise network in its community strengthening role is both a privilege and a priority. Focusing on giving our franchisees the tools to carry out good work within their local communities at a safe distance means they can look after their existing customers with care (not to mention an increasing number of new customers – many of whom are either self-isolating or returning to work) whilst continuing to help their communities with confidence.

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Ensuring relationships with customers stay personal in a climate of pandemic change is challenging but vital. Quickly finding new ways of communicating and keeping customers updated in every possible way means the nimble use of social media platforms has an important role to play in keeping pet owners and business owners connected.

Nigel & Sally Bragg – Bridport

“Having just taken the business on in February we had put a lot of work into our proposed marketing strategy (which involved attending lots of shows and plenty of door-to-door leaflet drops) – none of which we could embrace when Covid-19 came along. Knowing we were going to have to rethink our entire strategy we contacted Head office and their social media guru [Sam Beirne] spurred us on with our new ideas. It was great to feel they had our backs.”

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“They were able to help us adapt and reminded us that the current situation is unprecedented for every business – no matter how large or small.”

“Many people just think it is a dog or cat food delivery service, so we’ve been able to educate them about other products in the business.”

Would you like to find out more about business opportunities with OSCAR and how you can make a difference in your area?

Oscar Pet Foods looks to expand franchise network

May 6, 2020

Oscar Pet Foods has announced it is looking to expand its network of franchisees across the UK.

 
The move has come as the demand for the safe home-delivery of pet food has increased during the pandemic.

The group added that self-employment through its business would present a “fantastic opportunity to combine a successful business venture with much-needed community support”.

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The pet food manufacturer said it had been “fortunate” to keep its doors open as an essential business during the pandemic, and was “delighted to be continuing its busy service” to pet owners across the UK.

The firm has adopted safe and contactless delivery in light of the ongoing pandemic, and its own nutritional advisors are supporting local communities by delivering pet food and pet care supplies to thousands across the UK.

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In its latest update, the manufacturer said it had recently seen an increasing number of new customers, with many now working or self-isolating from home.

In addition to supplying and delivering pet care supplies and accessories, Oscar Local Advisors are professionally trained to give evidence-based support and advice to pet owners during lockdown.

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With bespoke nutritional qualifications, and head office backing from experts in veterinary, behavioural and nutritional care, the group said the advisors are “well placed to solve many pet-care worries for anxious pet owners during this pandemic”.

In its latest statement, the manufacturer said: “Over the past few months, the world has changed beyond recognition.

“Words such as self-isolating, social distancing and lockdown have become part of our everyday narrative and lives that have sadly been lost are never far from our thoughts.”

By HEATHER SANDLIN

Source: Pet Gazette

Franchising provides a great opportunity for women in business

March 4, 2020

International Women’s day is celebrated annually on 8th March and this year’s campaign theme is “An equal world is an enabled world” #EachforEqual #IWD2020.

 
There are over 40 female franchisees across the OSCAR network, and to mark this special day we would like to celebrate the achievements of our inspiring women business owners. OSCAR provides flexible working hours and can be successfully developed around home and family life; although drive and ambition are required to build and grow a successful business.

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OSCAR Pet Foods is the UK’s largest pet food home delivery service, offering a comprehensive range of products to suit all breeds and lifestyles, providing an unrivalled level of service for loyal and happy customers.

The pet industry is of particular interest for women wanting to set up in business due to its demand for strong communication and networking skills. Adding franchising to the mix not only embraces these innate capabilities but also offers the security of a steady income from a tried and tested business model with much-needed support and guidance from dedicated franchisor professionals. It’s a great way for women to be in business for themselves but not by themselves.

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Rachel Knight – OSCAR Pet Foods Northamptonshire

“After spending 25 years in the bank as a commercial financial advisor to farming clients, I took voluntary redundancy. I went on to join a farm insurer as an ‘on farm insurance agent’ offering advice on the many aspects of insurance. After three stressful years of working unsociable hours and travelling around the country for little reward, I made my decision to move on.

“As one door closes another opens and my research introduced me to franchising – a halfway house to running your own business with the benefits of working alongside a large organisation. Complete with systems, products and support in place, the flexibility and freedom to run a business as you wish could not be better.” Rachel goes on to say, “Thinking about my future, I was able to forgo my previous professional career because I’d reached a stage in my life where I was financially and personally comfortable.

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“I’m far less stressed and I have time for myself, my husband and my two dogs, Ted and Hannie, while enjoying new friendships with my customers. OSCAR felt right for me and my recommendation to anyone looking at a new business is to take your time and tick all the boxes to ensure it’s right for you and your family.”

We are looking for enthusiastic people to follow in the footsteps of our successful women franchisees and reap the benefits of running an OSCAR franchise.

Tom Cartmale Celebrates 20 Years With OSCAR Pet Foods

February 6, 2020

Tom Cartmale celebrates his 20th Anniversary with OSCAR Pet Foods and looks back at the best thing he has ever done!

 
Wondering where twenty years has gone, Tom modestly goes on to say, “Given the chance, I would do it all over again. My career in catering is a distant memory now that I’ve had the satisfaction of working for myself and becoming a member of the local community that helps to put OSCAR pet foods into the homes of so many happy customers.

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“I’ve always had excellent support from Head Office, who reliably keep my feet on the ground with up to date information on pet care and product advancement. All to the delight of my lovely customers who even fit in with my time when needs must – I like to think we are a team!

Tom Cartmale

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“I look forward to every day because working with OSCAR feels like working alongside one big happy family. I’m not only an advocate for feeding my customer’s pets, but also a friend, and, on some occasions, I’ve become a good sounding board to anyone who needs a lending ear – not to mention getting in on the local gossip!

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“To myself, I say I am proud of what I’ve achieved in twenty years. I am still in a successful job that keeps me happy, healthy and fit – and I’m certainly never short of good company.”

OSCAR Pet Foods reveal winner for longest-standing customer!

February 3, 2020

OSCAR Pet Foods are delighted to announce that Monica & Alan Bower from Waterlooville, Hampshire, are the winners of our search for the longest-standing customer – huge congratulations to you both!

 
After twenty-five years of being loyal customers, it turns out to be a time of double celebration for the couple as they recently marked their silver wedding anniversary! Originally introduced to OSCAR by retired franchisee, Jim Davis, they continue to receive a fantastic personal service from Lucy Morgan – their local Nutritional Advisor in Southampton.

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OSCAR hold customer loyalty in high esteem and always value customer engagement, so, in appreciation, our runners-up all received a limited edition gift box for their pets, with the grand top prize of free pet food and treats for a year being awarded to Monica and Alan – bringing back happy memories of life with OSCAR and three generations of long-lived (and much-loved!) German Shepherds.

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Monica says, “It all began when OSCAR knocked on the door, twenty-five years ago. To our surprise, Jim Davis (having been a former work colleague of Alan’s) became our lucky introduction to a pet food service that almost joined us down the aisle on our Wedding Day!

“Nowadays, our fourth-generation, two-year-old German Shepherd, Sady, continues in the paw prints of her predecessors: enjoying all the benefits available to her from OSCAR. There is always something new to learn when you own a pet and we have nothing but praise for the expert knowledge, professional support, reliable service and healthy food – delivered right to our doorstep by Lucy.

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“We are over the moon to have won the longest-standing customer prize, and, whilst still feeling lucky, we will always remember that our luckiest day was really the day we became OSCAR customers.”

Caring for your Pets on Bonfire Night

November 3, 2019

Beautiful night skies filled with dazzling colour, sparkling lights and exciting bangs are thrilling. But spare a thought for our cats and dogs.

A staggering 61% of our pets are scared of fireworks* and demonstrate visible signs of stress.

 
Every flash and bang can bring alarming surprise to them.

Fireworks often go on for several weeks. If you are concerned that your pet is stressed at this time of year, please follow our advice to help your pet feel more safe and secure.

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Top Ten Tips

  • Exercise your dog before it gets dark to reduce the risk of experiencing fireworks whilst you are out. Make sure your cat is safely indoors. Sunset is around 4:20pm in November.
  • Once home, close all windows, cat flaps, and doors and draw curtains to help drown out the sights and sounds of fireworks.
  • Put some background noise on, such as the TV or radio. Playing music with a strong beat can reduce your pet’s worry over loud or unpredictable bangs.
  • Put your pet’s bed in a safe place, or make a den to comfort them. A crate or simple cardboard box filled with soft bedding and a blanket over the top is an easy and quick solution. Remember that cats often feel more comfortable when they are up high.
  • Try to stay relaxed! Pets are very in-tune with our emotions, and if we appear anxious, this may make things worse for them.
  • If your pet does become distressed, do comfort and love them! Don’t worry, it’s not possible to reinforce the emotion of fear.
  • Distraction with a fun game or their favourite toy can help, or try offering treats or a chew.
  • Beaphar Calming Spot is designed to help alleviate stress and anxiety. It contains Valerian extract, a herbal supplement noted for its calming properties.
  • Stay at home with your pet on bonfire night. They will always feel more relaxed and secure with you around.
  • If you are concerned about the degree of anxiety your pet shows during bonfire season, speak to your vet about anxiety treatment.

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For further information on caring for your pets on bonfire night please contact the OSCAR Helpline Team.

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OSCAR Pet Foods takes pride in rewarding educational success

September 25, 2019

OSCAR Pet Foods takes pride in rewarding educational success at Myerscough College based on the principle of care for future animal welfare.

OSCAR’s 2019 winner is Julie Dixon FdSc Welfare of Animals (Wildlife Conservation).
The presentation took place on 11th July at the Higher Education Graduation Ceremony where she received an OSCAR trophy for recognition and a cheque for £250.00.

 
The award not only strengthens Julie’s official qualification but also increases her self-worth: illustrating dedication and commitment to her future career.

OSCAR sponsors an award-winning student at Myerscough College, every year, because animal welfare resonates clearly with its role in industry as a responsible pet food supplier: a franchise business that combines self-employment with education, identifying respect for applicants and support for customers.

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Having built its reputation on quality products and services, OSCAR confidently maintains its high standards in an increasingly articulate pet industry. To run a successful business, OSCAR knows that comprehensive training must be backed up by experts in the field and that gaining a personally recognised qualification secures confidence by providing self-assurance in pet nutrition and animal welfare needs.

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Myerscough College offers an alternative to university study for those leaving school but still wanting to develop a career. Its courses offer some of the best practical teaching facilities in the country and OSCAR, whilst keen to support Myerscough with various products, also offers employment for successful students.

As Myerscough College celebrates 125 years, it remains one of the UK’s largest, land-based sports colleges. Offering degrees in more than twenty subjects, awards are given for various accolades within each subject category, including: Greenspace & Creative Studies, Motorsport, Agricultural Engineering, Sport, and Animal Studies.

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OSCAR celebrating 25 Years of Nutritional Excellence

September 2, 2019

OSCAR Pet Foods is thrilled to be celebrating 25 years of nutritional excellence. And, as the company’s sparkling success story continues, it begins its celebrations in style — winning the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year SILVER Award!OSCAR Pet Foods

This fantastic milestone is testament to the dedication of its nationwide network, which is fully supported by loyal Head Office staff who are committed to providing immediate back-up and guidance on all aspects of franchise business development and excellence in animal welfare.

 
The renowned franchisor is a family-owned company and its UK network of franchises offers a personal service direct to the customer. Well-known throughout the franchise industry, OSCAR works relentlessly to deliver the latest nutritional developments for the health of pets.

Studying OSCAR Pet Foods reveals a remarkable franchise business opportunity with the added backing of its notable twenty-five years of experience – not surprisingly the UK’s leading pet food home delivery franchisor.

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Formulated by experts since 1994, OSCAR pet food provides balanced nutrition for every life stage. With optimal health and vitality in mind, carefully sourced ingredients and natural supplements contribute to a product that is British made and honestly labelled.

The successful OSCAR system benefits from expert nutritional and behavioural advice, and, by staying focussed on building relationships within local communities, it delivers a quality product that is trusted. In conjunction with a vast selection of toys, treats and accessories, the company always excels at bringing something extra to the complete pet care service.

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Education and training are high on the agenda, and the company has gone out of its way to develop its unique qualification in Companion Animal Nutrition (OFQUAL) which offers the highest level of expertise and credibility when advising customers on nutritional issues relating to diet.

Over the years, exciting and forward-thinking technologies have brought new dimensions to franchisee and customer relationships and OSCAR embraces them all. Online facilities open the door to network communications and efficiency, and the benefits of digital marketing and social media contribute to the expansion of awareness both locally and nationally.

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As OSCAR celebrates twenty-five years of promoting responsible pet ownership, combined with twenty-five years of memories, it stands out as a company that goes the extra mile. Put simply, OSCAR truly understands the individual needs of a pet – which is why it continues to enjoy sparkling success in an ever-expanding industry.

It’s all Silver for OSCAR

July 8, 2019

Preston based OSCAR Pet Foods wins a coveted Silver ‘Franchisor of the Year’ accolade at the nationally recognised 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

 
The thrill of winning Silver in its 25th Anniversary year surpasses OSCAR’s excitement at being shortlisted for two categories. This special Silver Award shines a light of sparkling achievement on its hard working and highly respected network of franchisees. Achieving such success would not have been possible without their enthusiasm to pursue fact-based knowledge combined with the dedicated support of their Head Office Team working tirelessly to sustain such high standards.

Successful strategies to enhance business development within an ever-expanding industry remain one of the company’s greatest strengths – ensuring its business moves forwards with inspiring new agendas. Using education as a primary tool for progress by promoting the importance of animal welfare through a uniquely recognised qualification focussing on health, disease, and animal behaviour is paving the way to both franchisee and customer confidence.

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The silver key to OSCAR’s complete pet care service (alongside its range of high-quality products) unlocks the professionalism that every caring pet owner deserves by ensuring its franchisees deliver the highest standards of pet care in the industry.

Managing Director, Richard Martin explains, “We are constantly evolving and listening to ensure that OSCAR is so much more than pet food, and this accolade demonstrates external recognition of these efforts. The future of OSCAR Pet Foods rests in the hands of our talented network of franchisees and allowing them to thrive is essential to our business.”

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Achieving this silver success adds to OSCAR’s renowned credibility. Offering a franchise package based on personal choice of financial investment with bespoke business requirements means OSCAR fulfils every individual’s dream of self-employment.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the voice of ethical franchising in the UK and has been running its flagship franchising awards for nearly 30 years.

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Join dog owners across the UK in the ‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day’ on Friday 21st June 2019

June 19, 2019

There’s one day in the year when it’s official – you can bring your dog to work! Founded and organised by Hownd it encourages dog owners to become involved and bring their career-seeking canines to enjoy one day of stealing the limelight. Time spent in each other’s company is all part of bonding a relationship.

Benefits of taking part

As well as raising funds for charity, Bring Your Dog to Work Day can be really beneficial for employee productivity and wellbeing.

 
About the charities

All Dogs Matter rescues and rehomes more than 400 dogs every year in London and the surrounding area. They rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned dogs.

Animals Asia is an international charity devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming, as well as improving the welfare of dogs and cats in China and Vietnam.

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Friday 21st of June is the official day but if you’re an OSCAR Pet Food Nutritional Advisor you could bring your dog to work every day. By promoting responsible pet ownership, OSCAR offers a Complete Pet Care Service that delivers, direct to the door, a range of foods to suit many lifestyles – complete with qualified free advice on nutrition and behaviour.

A career opportunity with OSCAR will open a whole new way of life. Working from home and delivering a quality product to a very satisfied customer gives you a great future that is supported and secure.

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Franchisee Brian Hulme from Stockport says…

“Being out delivering with Maisie means that neither of us are on our own all day and my customers love to see her! She’s the best business partner I could have as she doesn’t disagree with any of my ideas.”

You too can work with pets – call today on 0800 068 1106 for full details and a free
information pack.

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If you would like tips and advice on bringing your dog to work visit: www.oscar.co.uk