OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care join together in offering top tips for pet safety during firework season

October 12, 2020

Bonfire night can be a worrying and stressful time for cats, dogs and rabbits. Loud, screeching fizzles and snaps, blinding flashes of light and noisy whoops of delight can be terrifying for pets who have truly sensitive hearing – even at the quietest of times.

 
OSCAR Pet Foods, one of the UK’s top pet food home delivery services, is only too familiar with the problem. Thanks to close customer relationships with pet-owning clients, their Local Nutritional Advisors are well placed to support pets who suffer from fear of fireworks. Caring customers are always keen to learn how they can prevent their pets being traumatised and so, this year, OSCAR Pet Foods have teamed up with their sister company – Leading the Way Pet Care – to strengthen their ability to help. Delivering quality nutrition alongside essential pet care lies at the heart of these franchises, and their combined commitment to pet welfare strikes a chord as bonfire night approaches.OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care

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Fireworks at this time of year can go on for several weeks before (and after) November 5th and this stress can have serious implications for pets; affecting their health and behaviour – especially if experienced over long periods of time. Even though many organised firework displays will not be going ahead this year, due to Covid, many people will be planning fireworks at home in their small family bubbles.

Recognising stress is the very first step towards helping your pet:

Is your rabbit stamping its feet, staying motionless, trying to escape, or losing its appetite? Is your cat hiding in high places, house soiling or refusing to eat? Is your dog panting, pacing or being clingy?

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These, and many more signs of stress, together with top tips to help keep your pets safe and settled during fireworks, can be found here.

OSCAR Pet Foods and Leading the Way Pet Care

 

Offering helpful advice and expert tips to keep pets calm and safe during bonfire season is just one of many sought after services that Leading the Way Pet Care offers to caring pet owners. Alongside OSCAR’s stand out reputation for nutritional excellence, Leading the Way delivers an exciting business opportunity providing professional dog walking and friendly pet care throughout the year for caring pet owners who juggle busy lives with responsible pet care.

If living with Covid for the last six months has taught us anything, it’s that our pets are playing an increasingly important role in our lives: offering us much-needed comfort and company as we face uncertain restrictions and changes.

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With pet ownership hitting an all-time high, bright franchising opportunities now exist for pet loving business seekers.

If you fancy the freedom of being your own boss, a healthy change in lifestyle and the joy of helping to look after much-loved pets, this could be a perfect opportunity for you.

OSCAR Pet Foods deliver exceptional support to franchisees with industry-first Pet Welfare Academy

October 1, 2020

OSCAR Pet Foods are launching the pet industry’s first ever Academy of Pet Welfare. In a largely unregulated sector, highly skilled professionals hold the key to OSCAR’s successful franchise business model and this exciting new venture is an obvious move to secure, if not boost, that success.

 
Simon Bartholomew, Franchise Director at OSCAR Pet Foods, explains:

“Following the positive impact on sales of many of our franchisees taking the Level 3 Companion Animal Nutrition qualification, and the many great comments from our customers who value the expert advice they now receive, it seemed logical to become a registered training centre in our own right.”

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Discerning pet owners want the best for their pets, and, with its nationwide network of Local Nutritional Advisors, OSCAR Pet Foods is perfectly placed to deliver the nutritional evidence that is essential for a confident sale.

According to Michael Bellingham, Chief Executive of the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, “Health and nutrition is a key trend. Consumers are increasingly focusing on high quality, premium pet foods for their dogs, cats and other small pets.”

To award specific qualifications in pet nutrition, OSCAR have partnered with ABC Awards because they unite educational and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. OSCAR Pet Foods know that the circle of success begins and ends with detailed knowledge and education and this new academy demonstrates a clear desire to help hard-working franchisees grow their businesses with credibility and confidence. It’s all about support.

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The first course on offer is a Level 3 Certificate in Companion Animal Nutrition tutored by OSCAR’S in-house veterinary, nutritional and behaviour experts Shelley Holden RVN CertSAN CertCFVHNut and Shelley Audis-Riddell CertNut (QCF L3) BSc (Hons) MSc. The qualification explores the vital effects of nutrition on dogs and cats and covers individual diets and feeding regimes, enabling franchisees to offer the best individual advice for pets. It also studies the anatomy and physiology of pet digestion and UK pet food legislation.

Nic Kinch from OSCAR Pet Foods Herefordshire says:

“Studying for my Companion Animal Nutritional Qualification with OSCAR Pet Foods has certainly provided me with a greater insight into the role of nutrition and the effects it has on the health and welfare of pets, specifically cats and dogs. It will provide me with greater credibility with existing and potential customers and has provided me with more confidence in providing advice to pet owners when recommending an appropriate food.”

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In time, the Pet Academy of Welfare will be able to offer other modules and other qualifications in many areas of pet care helping franchisees to build confidence and expert knowledge so they can continue to help customers care for their pets with leading industry standards.

Richard Hebden, franchise owner of OSCAR Pet Foods Flintshire, also explains:

“Knowledge is one of the things you need to take into a conversation with a customer. Being able to offer good advice to customers is a great comfort to them and is a valuable way to establish trust and enable the relationship to continue. We can save customers time and help them make the right decisions, thereby keeping their pets safe and healthy for longer.”

We’ve all become accustomed to dealing with uncertainty in 2020, but when it comes to pet welfare OSCAR believe uncertainty is unacceptable. Keeping pet welfare at the forefront of our business model reassures customers that high standards underpin everything we do. Our newly launched Academy of Pet Welfare is aimed at satisfying customers’ needs to give the very best pet care they can to their pets and securing confidence for new franchisees whose future business success depends on delivering honest, expert advice.

OSCAR Pet Foods offer hope to workers facing or fearing redundancy.

August 26, 2020

The furlough scheme ends in October, and if you are one of the nine million workers furloughed as a direct result of Covid, the prospect of redundancy must be real.

 
Facing an uncertain future means that finding a stable income will be high on your agenda and OSCAR Pet Foods know that exciting opportunities in pet care may well hold the key to your success.

Franchising tends to perform well in a recession thanks to tried and tested business models, trusted brand names, shared marketing potential and competitive trading opportunities –and the pet care sector is a shining example. Globally, pet care is one of the largest and fastest growing e-commerce categories and being awarded essential business status throughout this pandemic means its resilience continues.

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Pet care is always a popular choice. No matter how long this recession lasts, dogs still need walking and much-loved pets still need loving and feeding. In fact, with recent figures* from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) confirming 9 million dogs, 7.5 million cats and 400,000 guinea pigs are owned throughout the UK, demand is at an all-time high!OSCAR Pet Foods

Great news for those of you who may well be re-evaluating your life work balance after Covid and have the desire and the energy to work your way out of a recession.

If making an investment during a recession seems daunting, it’s important to remember that franchising is seen by banks as a low-risk investment, and many UK banks have dedicated franchise units. Andy Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising for HSBC reports, “At the HSBC franchise unit last year we lent 400 million in the franchising sector … and this year we will do half a billion.”

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With investment security at your fingertips, finding the perfect franchise to fit your skills and lifestyle is also key.

OSCAR is much more than a franchise. We’re a business format franchise – just like some of the most famous brands you know – which means we provide outstanding ongoing support, advice and training so that you can grow your business with a safety net of expertise stretched out beneath you.

At OSCAR we look for honesty, positivity and enthusiasm. That’s because great franchising is all about close franchisor and franchisee relationships.

We work as a team because our success is your success. That’s why we’re keen to share a wealth of valuable tips and strategies from our nationwide network of franchisees to help you on your way.

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OSCAR Franchisee, Richard Hebden, found security in OSCAR when planning his future, “… my enthusiasm, shared with fellow franchisees, helps me to grow my business quicker, with better ways to achieve results. The products are easy to talk about and by supporting a local pet rescue charity I have found yet another avenue that produces follow ups.”

We’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our network and our experienced franchise team would love to help you too. Please give us a call.

Supporting our Franchisees & Customers with Technology

June 22, 2020

At OSCAR Pet Foods we’re no strangers to technology. As one of the UK’s top pet industry franchisors, we actively support our franchisees by promoting digital connectivity and cooperation – nationwide.

 
Supporting our customers

As Covid-19 triggered national lockdown our thoughts quickly turned to protecting staff, franchisees, and customers. We worked hard to overcome uncertainty with positivity – adapting and embracing up-to-date technology to continue serving customers safely whilst delivering their essential pet supplies with much-needed certainty.

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Moving staff out of offices as quickly as possible and facilitating remote home working to minimise the risk of infection turns out to be relatively easy using bespoke connections software. It allows us to supply franchisees with the same level of service and enables franchisees to keep up with the increased demand for OSCAR products as customers self-isolate at home.

Our Customer Centre and Product Centre – processing and dispatching orders for both franchisee and customer orders – continue to work efficiently using personal protective equipment.

While face-to-face contact remains limited, franchisees continue to trade with safe, new delivery practices, contactless payments and social distancing whilst generating sales by making the most of social media as well as keeping customers updated with delivery dates and offers via text and e-mail.

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Supporting our franchisees

Remote working is easier for everyone with cloud meeting and team collaboration tools. OSCAR provide a collection of integrated online solutions and social networking services for our franchisees – supporting extensive customisation whilst keeping everyone focused on brand and expectation. The scrutiny of bfa membership lends valuable credit to the brand and the OSCAR Network Community ensures franchisees and employees have easy and streamlined access to the most up-to-date company communications and marketing support. Keeping franchisees in the know about everything we are doing as a company and enabling them to meet online, share files, chat, manage projects and network with potential clients anywhere, anytime is key to our belief that success and resilience are driven by strength of connectivity.

Thanks to technology, we’ve successfully switched learning from classroom to ‘front room’ with new franchisees completing our entire in-house course using technology online from the comfort of their own homes!

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Brian Hulme from Stockport says…

“I have always been realistic about my business, which has helped me to stay focused and also helped me to succeed and meet my targets. From the start I exceeded my expectations and OSCAR kept me in touch with changes, of which, over fifteen years, there have been more than a few.”

Looking to the future

Coronavirus has turned technology into a necessity, and companies that use technology well will stay ahead of their field.

Here at OSCAR, technology is enabling us to deliver an essential business amidst pandemic forces with confidence and safety.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for when we can return to supporting our franchisees face to face, but until then we will continue to learn how technology can help us grow as a company: securing our franchise network for the future ahead.

Beyond Covid-19 there is only one certainty: the unique role that pets play in meeting the vital human need for comfort and companionship will always be in demand.

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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