Husse Pet Food Opens in Newton Aycliffe

August 16, 2019

The Husse Pet Food franchise has expanded its locations to the South West County Durham region, with its newest location being homed to Newton Aycliffe’s Lyn and Baz Elkin. The business acts as a distributor of the Husse (pronounced Hoo-say) super healthy premium pet food, a Swedish brand with over 32 years of experience in the animal diet industry.

The Newton Aycliffe pair have begun their new journey less than 3 months ago, choosing to focus on the animal dietary care area, with Baz trading in a career of over 20 years in childcare and Lyn working part-time in accounts, they are now excited to focus on their newly found passion.

 
“Having looked at many franchises over a period of time, we kept coming back to the Husse franchise. We did a lot of research into the pet food market, and being fussy about what we feed our own pets, we realised that no other pet food business has the same hands on caring attitude that Husse has. We believe that we are a company that actually cares what your pet eats and this is reflected in the Husse ethos, using only the highest quality, human grade ingredients which is also GMO free.”

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Whilst the business mainly offers quality food catered for our canine and feline friends, some equine products are also available. General food is not the only option though, with alternative choices being on offer which can accommodate your animals dietary needs.

These consist of weight loss and gain options, allergy aware selections, and even ones which contribute to general health improvement.

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The two pet nutritionists provide free check up services, which allow your dogs to be monitored and given free sampling of products which they feel will benefit your pet. Free advice is also provided, allowing you to make well informed decisions on your animal friends needs.

The general benefits of using these services is that the changes made allow you to receive a tailor made diet, with free home delivery and on hand pet nutrition advice.

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Although it’s still early days with this new endeavour, the Aycliffe chain has already garnered a good number of customers in its South West Durham area which covers all of the main towns such as Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Crook, with free delivery of sampling on offer, provided feedback of the products is given.

The duo plan on launching an official business opening towards the late summer, including a dog show and games for everyone to enjoy.

Source: Newton News

Chinnor dog care company MyWaggyTails sets up a franchise

August 8, 2019

CHINNOR-BASED Mitch Howey, owner of local pet care service MyWaggyTails, has established a franchise to help other dog lovers replicate her success.

Launched by Ms Howey’s brother, Randle Stonier, MyWaggyTails offers competitively priced, multi-entry, business-in-a-box opportunities focused around pet care, to help would-be pet entrepreneurs set up their own dog walking, home boarding or doggy day-care businesses.

 
MyWaggyTails is currently offering three dog-care franchise options.

The Dog Walking franchise, including pet sitting and home visits, is the lowest commitment at £1,999.

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Inspired by Ms Howey’s success, Mr Stonier decided to share their pet business know-how to help others start or grow their own dog businesses and provide a range of pet-care services, powered by MyWaggyTails.

Ms Howey said: “I always set out to provide a service I’d want to use for my own dogs.

“For me, that would be seeing them enjoy their normal routine, be it chasing a ball in the park or napping on the sofa.

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“I regularly send customers photos of their dogs, which really brightens their day.

“You can’t fake these moments – a dog will vote with their paws if they are not happy.”

By Andrew Ffrench

Source: Oxford Mail

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

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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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

Leading the Way … to exceptionally safe pettransport

June 19, 2019

Exemplary safety standards for pet transportation lie at the heart of Leading the Way’s business model as they expand their successful pet care and dog walking franchise.

Not surprisingly, the company is delighted to see the importance of safe pet transportation being tackled ‘head-on’ by the RSPCA in the recently published ‘Professional Dog Walker’s Guidelines’. The sixteen-page guide not only adds weight and credibility to the company’s core values of professional care and pet safety, but also justifies their investment in a specialised transport system; allowing franchisees to offer pet owners a service that is leaps and bounds ahead of their competitors.

 
Every dog walker, lead in hand, appreciates the joyful anticipation of wagging tails and excited paws that greet the prospect of a walk.

But transporting precious pets to exciting places where they can run free, let off steam and stimulate their primary sense of smell takes responsibility and careful consideration.

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Leading the Way Pet Care know that keeping pets safe from physical harm (and drivers safe from distraction) during transit is paramount.

That’s why they’ve invested in the services of a company whose specialist animal transportation solutions are supplied to the Police and Emergency services. Built to DEFRA and RSPCA standards regarding kennel size, materials, ventilation, non-slip flooring and temperature monitoring, their bespoke vehicle conversions provide franchisees with the ability to transport pets with complete confidence.

Leading the Way Pet Care are dedicated to raising standards within a vastly unregulated industry, making valuable contributions to pet owner’s lives with trustworthy, professional dog walking, home care and pet taxi services, offering comfort and reassurance to much-loved pets in their owner’s absence.

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With the UK franchise sector enjoying its greatest turnover (newly released figures from the 2018 bfa NatWest Survey reveal £17.2bn – up 2.1 billion since 2015) there’s never been a better time to pick a successful franchise business.

Leading the Way Pet Care not only delight customers by prioritising the safety and happiness of their pets, but also go out of their way to secure business success for their franchisees.

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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

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

Michelle and Andy – Case Study

May 19, 2019

LEADING THE WAY … TO A FANTASTIC WORK/LIFE BALANCE

A surprise phone call following a chance meeting with OSCAR Pet Foods’ behaviourist, Shelley Audis-Riddell, BSc (Hons) MSc, turned Andy and Michelle’s lives around. After attending “by far the best puppy classes you could ever imagine” Michelle’s love of animals and Shelley’s inspirational knowledge of pet behaviour sowed the seeds for a pioneering new franchise opportunity.

 
‘OSCAR Pet Foods, the UK’s largest pet food home delivery franchise were launching a new business to support pet ownership – would I be interested in running their pilot franchise?

‘Fed up with exhausting and financially unrewarding jobs, my husband and I were properly stuck in a bubble of negativity.

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‘Here was an opportunity to work flexibly, at my own pace, around precious family commitments, whilst indulging my life-long love of animals and enjoying a steady income from the rapidly expanding pet industry.

‘As my Leading the Way business picked up I asked my husband, Andy, to step in to help with some of the dog walking. As a trained dog groomer in his spare time, I had an inkling that he would turn out to be a great asset to the business. In fact, Andy’s naturally high standards and calm temperament turned out to be perfect. So much so, that before long he decided to leave his previous employment and join the business full time. He’s never looked back.

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‘It’s great being out every day experiencing the changing seasons. We’ve learned to listen out for the beautiful call of a buzzard and enjoy seeing the countryside at its very best; with the added benefit of staying incredibly fit!

‘Shelley’s knowledge has given our business not only the expertise it requires but also the edge of professionalism that it deserves.

‘The CERTA Accreditation delivers certainty when it comes to knowing that we offer the highest standards in the industry – nothing is left to chance.

‘One of the greatest joys we have each day is looking back with happiness at how far this franchise opportunity has turned our lives around.

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‘We could not be happier with our new-found life/work balance.’

“Leading the Way support has been outstanding, going above and beyond. We have never experienced this kind of commitment, helping us through the early challenges of starting a new business with no previous experience.”

Andy and Michelle Corrigan, Leading the Way Chorley

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.

If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a OSCAR franchisee call: 0800 068 1106 for a chat or visit: www.oscar.co.uk