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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Exciting new launch of enhanced pet food

May 19, 2019

There has never been a better time to look at franchise opportunities with OSCAR with their exciting new launch of enhanced pet food, which places OSCAR at the height of nutritional excellence!

Pet care lies at the heart of everything we do, and, here at OSCAR Pet Foods, we are in the fortunate position of being able to update our foods with the latest scientific developments in pet nutrition.

Saying ‘thank you’ for the unconditional love that dogs bring into our lives isn’t easy but giving dogs the absolute best when it comes to nutrition is a perfect place to start!

We understand that dogs need different nutritional benefits at different stages of their lives. With this in mind, we’ve added special touches to our ‘Complete’ dog food range from Puppy Complete through to Adult Care Senior.

We want your dog’s tail wagging with delight at every bowl of OSCAR, so, as well as enhancing taste and flavour, we’ve eased digestion by including less-allergenic and highly digestible ingredients such as Hydrolysed Protein and Chicory.

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Keeping dogs active and happy in their senior years is something every dog owner wants. We understand that well-balanced nutrition can help support joint care. That’s why we’ve added MSM and Chondroitin to some of our adult diets to maintain healthy joint tissues.

Alongside taste and vitality, OSCAR know that dental care is just as important. Cleaning your dog’s teeth can be difficult; it is estimated that 80% of dogs under the age of 3 years have dental issues. To help improve your dog’s dental health, we’ve added ‘Stay Clean’ (Stay-C®50 – from Vitamin C) to some of our adult diets. ‘Stay Clean’ acts on saliva to help remove plaque and reduce tartar build up – acting as a preventative treatment to tackle dental hygiene before the senior time in life.

Experts at delivering the energy and bounce that every dog deserves, we’ve also added herbs, fruits and vegetables (including parsley, spinach, and pomegranate) to support general health and well-being from head to tail. Our newly enhanced recipes are everything a dog could wish for.

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It’s not just our foods that have been enhanced! Making OSCAR’s nutritional excellence even more appealing is our company’s clear commitment to honesty when it comes to labelling ingredients. Hand on heart, we tell pet owners exactly what is in their pet’s food; our OSCAR Honest Label has been reassuring customers for over 25 years.

With an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering our oceans each year, OSCAR take every step to avoid unnecessary packaging.

Repurposing existing bags with stickers means saving packaging whilst maintaining an Honest Label – it’s the OSCAR way: caring for you, caring for your pet and caring for your environment.

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To find out more about our latest food enhancements, call our free-phone number 0800 195 8000.

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Rachel Knight – Case Study

May 1, 2019


With all the right attributes to run her own business, Rachel Knight found the perfect answer when she discovered OSCAR as a business opportunity.

“My initial internet search was for animal-related employment when I came across OSCAR as a self-employment opportunity. Realising I’d been feeding OSCAR food – which came via direct home delivery – to my dogs for at least 8 years.

“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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“Discovering that OSCAR was not represented in my local area took me to the next stage and with knowledge of the product as an existing customer, I was very impressed by the franchise team. With their professionalism and my existing range of skills, from sales to relationship management, I could see everything falling into place.

“Speaking to other franchisees gave me a positive introduction to the finer details of the business, and spending a day out in the field enabled me to assess the business carefully. Everything was well presented – not rushed, selective and with attention to every detail in relation to different experiences.

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“As with any new business I needed time to establish a presence and with help from OSCAR I gained lots of initial new introductions. It’s been almost a year now, I’ve met all my expectations and I am really pleased with my progress. I’ve worked to the OSCAR recommended system and by using my sales experience I’ve made good progress. I found my niche by attending shows and fairs, with help from my husband, and by building strong customer relationships, referrals have been forthcoming. I’ve given my customers the benefit of a convenient service and, combined with quality products, this has resulted in a loyal customer base.

“To have a business where I’m given opportunities of further education is incredible, and I’m now well on my way to gaining a recognised qualification in pet nutrition and behaviour. Back-up support and additional training could not be more accessible and regional meetings, open surgery discussions with the management team and other franchisees brings the network together while keeping everyone focused.”

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Rachel closes by saying, “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.”

Richard Hebden Case Study

April 19, 2019

While needing to consider his career options, Richard Hebden found security in OSCAR when planning his future.

“Working in the drinks industry, I was always close to the risk of redundancy. Fifteen years, with ten of those years in retail, and under the pressure of constant targets was very stressful.” Richard went on to say, “There’s always something to learn and working in that environment certainly gave me the strength of mind to transfer my energy into the idea of working for myself.

“My road to OSCAR was through the British Franchise Association and my own Springer Spaniel, Oscar, who was in need of some good quality food. But more to the point, as an animal lover and with a passion for the outdoors, the opportunity was very appealing. I could not be complacent when choosing my next career as this was to be long lasting for the sake of my young family, and although my wife is a primary school teacher, I had to be totally confident before making a final decision.”

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Richard says, “OSCAR provided brilliant support to get me started and now some months into my franchise it continues. Despite doing lots of research, planning, speaking to financial and legal contacts as well as franchisees, constant reassurance is what I need as my business continues to grow. I have given myself tough targets in terms of turnover and profitability and my business is everything I want it to be: flexible, with less stress; it is a pleasure to go to work. Results are forthcoming and I was delighted when a customer asked me back to see the difference in the condition of two Collies after only three days of changing their diet.

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“I am here to please,” says Richard, “and 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.

“Besides being a local District Scout Commissioner in Flintshire, as a family we can all enjoy the outdoor lifestyle while I continue to network and build my business. ‘Being Prepared’ seems to nicely round off my own motto for OSCAR.”

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Alan & Julie Parry – 5 Year Anniversary

April 5, 2019

Focusing on a better life

For Alan and Julie Parry of OSCAR Pet Foods Berkshire, celebrating their 5th anniversary is an opportunity to recall how they have helped improve the quality of life for so many pets.

“Speaking for Julie and myself, we have a dream business! Leaving the pressures of our high-powered careers behind and putting our respective skills into practice, we’ve worked exceptionally well together.

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“Very soon we settled into a better quality of work-life balance; we’ve realised how five years seems like five minutes when we enjoy what we do! There is no question that we made the right decision as customers appreciate our personal customer service, and it shows in happier, healthy pets.

“We embraced OSCAR from the start and are grateful for the opportunity. Their support has been exceptional and we wouldn’t have come this far without it. Today we are better informed and educated and gaining extra knowledge about pet nutrition makes the principle of our business even more valuable.

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“Teamwork is important to us, and we can only compare a franchise to a football team. As franchisees become a player within a group of like-minded team members, their aim is to bring brand OSCAR to the top of the league.”

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Oscar Pet Foods nominated for two major franchising awards

March 9, 2019

Oscar Pet Foods has been shortlisted for two awards at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

It is the only company to have been nominated in two separate categories, showing the franchise’s commitment to best practice and enabling franchisees to thrive, getting the nod for Brand Awareness & Innovation and also the blue riband Franchisor of the Year accolade.

Simon Bartholomew, Franchise Director, said: “To be nominated for one award is an excellent achievement in itself, but to be put forward for two is just fantastic news. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the head office team who work tirelessly on innovation strategies that help support our network of franchisees, who, in turn, successfully put them into practice.”

The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is a major achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated the company: “Getting shortlisted for two awards says it all really. The company continues to pioneer positive change in the franchising industry.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said: “Oscar Pet Foods is the only company to have been nominated for two awards in the franchisor categories, testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to ethical franchising.

I wish them the best of luck in both the Franchisor of the Year and Brand Awareness & Innovation categories.“

For the Franchisor of the Year award they will go head-to-head against five other franchise units in June from a mixture of sectors, including courier services, cleaning services and a recruitment franchise. For Brand Awareness & Innovation, Oscar will face companies in fitness, telecommunications and decorations.

By Emma Lumley

Source: BDaily