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.

Pet taxi service looks to expand

July 13, 2020

An award-winning pet taxi service is looking to develop across the UK following its home-grown success. The Pets 2 Places pet taxi service was established by Claire Harris in 2014, following a personal tragedy that forced her to rethink her life goals.

 
Building the business up slowly in Milton Keynes, she soon discovered a huge demand for services to transport people and their pets around the city. The service supports many people who are unable to drive and has even been contacted by the community policing team for help.

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She said: “Initially I set up the business to help transport pets for vet appointments as I knew so many people struggled in this area.

“As I saw more clients and we discussed their needs, it was clear that the service needed to expand to include the groomers, visits to friends with the dog and even on holiday! It was also the customers that gave me the idea to franchise, as they had friends in other areas that could benefit so much from this service but there was just nothing available.”

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Last year Pets 2 Places won Best Pet Business at the Animal Star Awards in recognition of the service it offers to the community. Claire was also one of the f-entrepreneur top 100 in 2019 and won Industry Leader at the Women Leaders Award.

She adds that there are a lot of laws, codes of conduct and training regulations to abide by, but the satisfaction and personal rewards of running a pet taxi service are tremendous.

“On a daily basis I have customers tell me what a godsend the service is, and asking where they would be without me. Knowing the difference we make to the lives of our customers is so humbling, and of course getting to work with animals every day is incredible,” said Claire.

By Justine Thompson

Source: Pet Business World

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.”

Barking Mad’s North West Norfolk branch to join in 20th anniversary celebrations of the business

January 14, 2020

The North West Norfolk branch of home-from-home dog care business is joining in celebrations to mark the company’s 20th anniversary. Tania Stowe, of Hunstanton, set up her branch of Barking Mad in 2016 and has seen it go from strength to strength. Last year she received recognition from the business for achieving exceptional financial growth.

 
She was also recognised for her role in the community having set upTea with Tails in collaboration with Hunstanton Methodist Church and sponsoring Heacham Minors Under 9s Football Team.

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She plans to mark her franchise’s fourth birthday along with the parent company’s 20th with a celebration party later this year.

She said: “Our proudest achievement is the happiness which holidaying dogs have brought to the lives of our host families.

“We match friendly dogs to hosts’ preferences and lifestyle, for their holidays and short breaks. It’s ideal for retirees, home-based workers and teachers in school holidays.

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“We take care of everything, including chauffeuring dogs to our hosts’ homes with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support. Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full-time pet ownership.”

She said it has been scientifically proven that patting and walking dogs can help people to feel more relaxed and less anxious. This makes a huge difference to emotional and physical well-being. Those caring for a dog are also less likely to be socially isolated.

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Barking Mad is named as the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot.

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

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Barking Mad is top dog

December 17, 2019

Barking Mad Dog Care has been ranked as the top pet sector franchise in Elite Franchise’s top 100 league table – and number 34 overall in the UK.

 
The Elite Franchise Top 100 ‘celebrates superlative businesses that are deserving of recognition’, with an expert judging panel ranking franchisors on everything from growth to the support they offer their franchisees. Criteria range from financial performance and heritage in the industry to contribution to the community and the way innovation is embraced.

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The EF100 guide defines the best opportunities in the UK by ranking applicants from 100 to 1. The list features a diverse mix of franchises, emphasising that the brands that make it into the top 100 are ‘simply the best’, whether they’re a flourishing franchise at the top of their game or a budding business making its first inroads into the industry.

STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Barking Mad’s managing director, Rachel Stewart, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in the ‘Top 100’ and truly honoured to feature in this celebration of ‘the best and brightest franchises that Britain has to offer’. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and congratulate all those who feature, as we see the British franchise industry go from strength to strength.

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“As part of our ambitious expansion programme, we are looking to work with more dog-loving entrepreneurs to bring our service to new areas. Barking Mad franchise owners benefit from a lifestyle with flexibility, a growing full-time income and the rewards of making a really positive difference to the lives of dog lovers and their four-legged best friends.”

By Karen Pickwick

Source: Pet Business World