Bury St Edmunds dog owners needed as Barking Mad launches in town

October 19, 2019

A dog-sitting service has launched in Bury St Edmunds, giving residents the chance to look after a pooch for free.

 
Barking Mad has set-up in the area this week, after the online pet-matching scheme proved a success in other towns. It sees owners pay the company to source a host, before going away. Barking Mad will then procure a small fee to the short-term owner to cover costs.

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Steve Lake has bought into the franchise, which he hopes will allow dog lovers, who are unable to own a pet, to enjoy the experience.

“We hope hosts will see a boost to their own wellbeing,” said Mr Lake, who left a career in distribution to start-up.

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Mr Lake meets potential owners – who can state a preference for the kind of dog they wish to take.

By William Mata

Source: Bury Free Press

Kirkby Lonsdale company expands

October 15, 2019

A DOG care company which began in Kirkby Lonsdale less than 20 years ago, Barking Mad, has now gone international.

Barking Mad, which already has franchises across the UK, has announced the launch of a first ever franchise in the Republic of Ireland.

 
“Launching our first Irish franchise enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with local dog lovers to bring our multi award-winning dog sitting service to new areas, without forgetting our Cumbrian roots,” said managing director Rachel Stewart.

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The company started in the town in 2000 as a local ‘dog-sitting’ service.

It grew to offer bespoke dog holidays and recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families to operate their franchises.

Continued expansion means it now has a nationwide network of more than 80 franchises, though the head office remains in Kirkby Lonsdale.

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The idea to expand across the Irish Sea came from Jennifer Curtin from Lahinch, County Clare, whose new franchise will operate in the Galway and Limerick area.

“Brainstorming with a relative in Yorkshire, they asked if we had anything like Barking Mad in Ireland,” she said.

“After research, I concluded that we didn’t and went straight to the source to launch my own branch.

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“Coming from a large extended family, this is the only time I’ve ever been the first to do anything, so it means a lot.

“Animals have always been my passion. I have worked as a dog groomer for the last 13 years and adore my own two dogs, Kala, a Staffordshire bull terrier and Sky, a collie mix.”

By Tony Dawber

Source: The Westmorland Gazette

Barking Mad goes international

October 12, 2019

Barking Mad has launched its first international franchise in the Galway and Limerick area or Ireland.

Jennifer Curtin, from Lahinch, in County Care, said: “I am very proud to launch the Barking Mad alternative to kennels in Ireland.

 

“Coming from a large extended family, this is the only time I’ve ever been the first to do anything, so it means a lot. Animals have always been my passion; I have worked as a dog groomer for the last 13 years and adore my own two dogs.”

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Brainstorming with a relative in Yorkshire, Jennifer was if there was anything like Barking Mad in Ireland. After research, she concluded that there wasn’t and went straight to the source to launch her own branch.

EXTENSIVE NETWORK

“I can’t fault the team at Barking Mad for their support. With their experience, all avenues have been tried and tested, so I’m confident that together we can make a success of Barking Mad in Ireland.”

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The pet care franchise business has established an extensive network throughout the UK, which, with the new Irish addition, now totals 88 franchises.

Managing director Rachel Stewart said: “Launching our first Irish franchise enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with local dog lovers to bring our multi award-winning dog sitting service to new areas.

“We are so excited to announce that Barking Mad has gone international and are looking for others to join us.

“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.”

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The Barking Mad dog sitting service has been running for 20 years and is rated 5* by the independent review platform Trustpilot. Franchise owners offer bespoke dog holidays and recruit dog-loving host families to care for pets while their owners are away.

It is part of the Franchise Brands group of companies, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

By Karen Pickwick

Petpals franchisees achieve Ofqual professional status

September 30, 2019

The mobile pet care franchise, Petpals, reports that its franchisees across the UK are successfully completing the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) Level 3 Professional Day Care and Boarding course.

Petpals says that this new qualification will enable its franchisees to achieve the ‘Higher Standard’ in the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations, updated by the UK government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in 2018.

Licensing now requires that to meet the ‘Higher Standard’, a member of staff with a relevant Ofqual regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day at the day care or boarding establishment.

Kevin Thackrah, managing director of Petpals, said: “As an industry we are overrun with people starting up dog walking and dog boarding businesses on a whim, with no previous experience or qualifications and we embrace and welcome any and all efforts to raise the standards in our industry.

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“Even before the new regulations, all of our franchises were, and always have been CRB checked, insured and have taken a Dog Handling Skills and Pet First Aid course.”

Petpals Buxton, Darlington West, Hendon, Leeds North and Sefton have successfully completed the course and a further 15 franchisees are currently on the course.

‘What a great course’
Sharren Redmond (pictured) who started her Petpals Sefton in November last year, said: “What a great course; I feel so much more confident and professional in running my Petpals business now. It was a huge amount of work requiring large amounts of research, reading and writing but I loved it.

“I am now qualified to the ‘Higher Standard’ for the benefit of my clients and their dogs. I will of course be sharing my new knowledge, passing on the relevant information to my team so we can all benefit from the course.

“Although I have been a dog owner myself for many years and thought I knew everything there was to know about caring for a dog, the course makes you look at things from a very different perspective.

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“I had to learn about a wide variety of dog care subjects, from what different breeds of dog are like, how they play and interact with other dogs, to warning signs from a behavioural point of view. The course has really sparked my desire to know more and I wouldn’t rule out doing a dog behaviourist qualification in the future,” continued Redmond.

Thackrah added: “We are delighted that Sharren, Deborah, Lisa, Mike, Chrissy and Sallyann have completed their Ofqual qualification and we are pleased that Petpals Sefton, Buxton, Leeds North, Hendon and Darlington West will now be qualified to the ‘Higher Standard’ for boarding and dog care, with many others following on in the next few weeks.”

Petpals offers animal care ranging from dogs and cats to small pets, such as rabbits, gerbils, birds and exotics. Its services include pet sitting, dog walking, cat visits, pet taxi service and home boarding for dogs and small pets.

Source: Franchise World

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.

Franchisees head for Higher Standard

August 27, 2019

Petpals franchise owners across the UK are completing the Ofqual Level 3 Professional Daycare and Boarding course.

This new qualification will enable them to achieve the Higher Standard in the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations, updated by DEFRA in 2018.

 
Licensing now requires that to meet the Higher Standard, a member of staff with a relevant Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, OFQUAL, regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day at the day care or boarding establishment.

Petpals Buxton, Sefton, Leeds North, Hendon and Darlington West are now fully qualified and a further 15 franchise owners are currently taking the course and will qualify soon.

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KNOWLEDGE

Sharren Redmond, who started up her Sefton Petpals business last November, said: “What a great course; I feel so much more confident and professional in running my Petpals business now. It was a huge amount of work requiring large amounts of research, reading and writing but I loved it and am so glad I am now qualified to the Higher Standard for the benefit of my clients and their dogs. I will, of course, be sharing my new knowledge, passing on the relevant information to my team so we can all benefit from the course.”

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Kevin Thackrah, MD of Petpals, said: “As an industry we are overrun with people starting up dog walking and dog boarding businesses on a whim, with no previous experience or qualifications, and we embrace and welcome any and all efforts to raise the standards in our industry. Even before the new regulations, all of our franchises were, and always have been, CRB-checked, insured and have taken a dog handling skills and pet first aid course.”

Petpals UK provides mobile pet care for animals ranging from dogs and cats to small pets such as rabbits, gerbils, birds and exotics.

By Karen Pickwick

Source: Pet Business World

MyWaggyTails launches multi-entry pet care franchise

August 26, 2019

Pet care provider MyWaggyTails has launched a multi-entry pet care franchise, designed to care for the nation’s nine million pet dogs.

MyWaggyTails offers three dog-care franchises options. The Dog Walking franchise including pet sitting and home visits, is the lowest commitment at £1,999 followed by the Home Boarding franchise, priced at £4,999. The Doggy Day-Care package takes pet care to a grander scale building a business from rural land or a sub-urban, industrial unit. With a buy-in price of £9,999, this extended services franchise offer cover everything from play, exercise, interactive games, training, agility and more through to grooming and spa treatments.

 
After the initial investment, a flat subscription fee or percentage charge kicks in from month seven, according to the franchise choice.

MyWaggyTails franchise provides comprehensive business and marketing support to help individuals plan, launch, grow and profit from their new venture. It assists franchisees through the initial planning, the legal obligations such as licensing and insurance, as well as training in canine first aid, behaviour and welfare.

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It also prepares the individual on the key aspects of running a dog business from documentation to payment, along with marketing essentials such as website designs, promotional literature and social media. Training and development are also offered on an on-going basis once the franchise has launched.

Randle Stonier, founder of MyWaggyTails, said: “Propelled by the success of my sister Mitch’s business, MyWaggyTails offers a dog-focussed ‘business in a box’, with three, affordable fixed price options to choose from, with three levels of service to help would-be pet entrepreneurs choose what works for them and their finances.

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“Our franchise options enable individuals to get their business going quickly, with the aid of the MyWaggyTails brand, expertise, training blueprint, marketing skills, operational know-how and processes. We minimise the risk of failure and increases the chances of success. We are excited to introduce our competitively-priced, dog franchise portfolio to both the pet and franchise sector.”

By OLIVER RUDGEWICK

Source: Pet Gazette

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