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.”


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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Oscar Pet Foods

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

Source: Lynn News

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.


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

Franchises expand into Ireland for first time

December 12, 2019

Metro Rod and Barking Mad – both of which are part of the Franchise Brands group – have entered Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time.

The former is a commercial drainage specialist which has opened a franchise in Dundonald, allowing it to directly provide its drain clearance and maintenance services across Northern Ireland.

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It now has 43 depots across the UK.

Dog sitting services provider Barking Mad has launched its first international franchise in the Galway and Limerick area as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

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Stephen Hemsley, executive chairman of Macclesfield-based Franchise Brands, said: “We are delighted to be expanding our presence in Ireland with new franchisees for Metro Rod and Barking Mad, which we believe bring differentiated services to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, respectively.

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“This further move into Ireland demonstrates the continued momentum at Franchise Brands as we continue to invest in the infrastructure to support the development, growth and profitability of our franchisees.

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“I am certain that our new franchisees have a bright future and I look forward to seeing them grow successful businesses.”

Source: Insider Media

Franchise business based on successful doggy day care model goes into liquidation

November 14, 2019

Canine Creche – A spin-off of an award-winning dog care business has been put into liquidation after becoming embroiled in a legal row.

The Canine Creche Group Ltd (CCGL), which had sold franchise models to clients across East Anglia was ordered to be wound up in June following a petition by a creditor.

The business offered franchisees the chance to run a business based on the successful Suffolk Canine Creche, which was set up in Martlesham by businesswoman Candace Rose.

Although Suffolk Canine Creche has continued to prove popular with pet owners – picking up multiple awards – the franchise model has faced problems.

Three franchisees – for both the dog walking and doggy day care models on offer – said they left the agreements, claiming they had been sold an unrealistic vision of how their business would perform. They said the franchise model failed to deliver the profits they had been expecting. Other franchisees have left but not commented on their reasons.

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Suffolk Canine Creche said the decision to place CCGL into insolvency was to avoid security costs which it had to pay as part of court proceedings. A spokesman said it had instigated the proceedings to recover money from a former franchisee – but as the security costs were greater than the outstanding amount “it would be foolish to progress the case”.

The spokesman added that CCGL owed no other money and the company learnt from the experience, including introducing more robust selection processes for franchisees.

Under the original agreement, day care franchisees paid £42,500 to CCGL, which entitled them to use its business model, as well as access to help sourcing a site, planning permission and licenses.

And while most said the initial support was helpful, many have questioned advice given. One said they had been recommended a “massive site” which left them with rates that were “absolutely crippling us”.

Others criticised the franchise payments, which required £300 a month to be paid for a “business coach” plus extra towards a marketing budget and 5% of the takings each month.

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Helen Whight, who paid £6,000 for a dog walking franchise, said she had been predicted to make £26,000 in the first year by charging £20p/h for walks, but by the time costs were taken into account, her profit was just £160 for the 12 months

The franchisees have now parted ways CCGL following the winding up order led by franchisee Dilan Davda.

Mr Davda had sought to buy a cluster of franchises, which would have seen him run five day care centres in towns including St Albans, Stevenage, Harpenden and Colchester – but after several months the relationship broke down. After opening the first franchise, Mr Davda, 43, wrote to Mrs Rose asking for a break of several months to resolve personal matters. But CCGL claimed he was looking to quit the agreement and sent him an early exit invoice, first for £46,500, then reduced to £20,000 plus VAT.

Emails show disputes about the contract and the obligations of both parties.

When Mr Davda, who had already paid £75,000, including deposits, for the franchises refused to pay the exit fee, CCGL took him to court.

But his solicitors issued a defence and counterclaim, arguing the agreement was written with terms that “created ambiguities”. They said there was no requirement for Mr Davda to open all the franchises within one year, nor was there any requirement to pay an exit fee.

The counterclaim said Canine Creche made a “wrongful demand” for an exit fee.

It added that CCGL wrongdoing “destroyed the relationship of trust” and sought damages of £78,000 plus interest.

The court had not made a decision on the damages but ordered CCGL pay Mr Davda £4,800 in costs in March 2019.

Having not received any payment, Mr Davda’s solicitors filed a winding up petition, claiming the company was “unable to pay its debts”.

Mr Davda said he took the action to “send a message”.

CCGL’s latest published accounts for September 2018 showed it had assets of £35,000 but owed creditors £47,000.

Meanwhile, CCGL tried to move its franchisees over to a new company called Canine World. While some agreed, others refused. Ms Whight said: “We all said ‘no, what’s going on here’.”

She said she had already been looking for a way out “and this was my get out clause”.

A CCGL spokesman said the legal dispute happened a year ago involving a franchisee who it said owed the company £25,000.

“As claimant we began court proceedings to recover the loss having exhausted other avenues the court system then required a security that was greater than the outstanding amount, which meant it would be foolish to progress the case – sadly the court system failed us,” the spokesman added.

“To conclude the matter an offer was made to the respondent to write off our debt and settle costs of £4,200 (which the court ordered us to pay) in return for an amicable parting. The respondent declined via our solicitor, so the strategic decision was to place the company into insolvency owing £4,200 costs. The company owed no monies to any other party and we severed relations with the respondent.”

The company said it had learned lessons for its new business, including adjusting its profiling for franchisees to match that of our current successful operators and made our selection process even more robust.

“We have declined 16 people in 2019 who do not reach the standards of our criteria,” the company added. “We are delighted with the new franchisees who are in the process of securing and opening their new sites and feel confident that they will make a positive contribution to the animal industry across the UK.”

By Andrew Hirst

Source: EADT

MyWaggyTails Chorley: Pro pet-care for the North West’s furry friends

November 4, 2019

In the UK, one in every four people owns a dog. As a nation, we love our four-legged friends, and so the announcement of a new pet care venture offering everything from dog-walking and doggy day-care to home visits and animal Reiki will be music to the ears of Chorley residents and their soon-to-be pampered pooches.

Turning her passion for pets into a full-time occupation, Chorley-born Chris Bell has launched a brand-new branch of the MyWaggyTails national franchise. A former supply English teacher who also enjoyed a long-standing career running school libraries, lifelong animal-lover Chris has traded in the books for barks having had pets all her life, including her two current dogs Sprocker Spaniel pup Monty and River the Cocker Spaniel.

A former animal sanctuary volunteer, Chris quit her full-time office job after losing her father to a sudden stroke and dedicated herself to canine first aid and behaviour training. Realising how rewarding a job working with animals would be, MyWaggyTails Chorley was born.

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“I’m so happy I’ve taken the plunge into a new work-life committed to delivering excellent dog-walking and pet-sitting services, offering the same level of care for other people’s pets as I give to my own beloved animals,” said Chris. “Being able to channel my love of animals for the benefit of other people’s pets is really rewarding and I look forward to giving pet owners peace of mind while they work or are busy doing other things.

“We offer a mixed blend of walks that includes training, play, and sensory experiences,” she added. “Your dog can be walked on or off leash, subject to your consent, the environment that day, your pet’s recall, and group dynamics, [and] we adhere to industry best practice for professional dog walkers as set out by the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, and the Pet Industry Federation.”

Covering Adlington, Buckshaw Village, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Clayton-le-Woods, Coppull, Eccleston, Euxton, Rivington, and Standish, MyWaggyTails Chorley brings a fully-insured, first-aid trained, and DBE-checked service to local pets and owners. Offering everything from group, agility, and solo walks to adventure hikes and pet home-care services, there is something for every kind of pooch.

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And Chris also offers canine chill in the form of animal Reiki.

“My journey with Reiki began several years ago when I stumbled upon a Reiki practitioner at a Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre and was given a free ‘taster’ treatment,” Chris said. “I immediately felt the benefits and went on to receive the Level 1 and 2 attunements in order to practice Reiki, followed by the Master/Teacher certification.

“I use Reiki almost exclusively for animals and have always used it on my own pets for a variety of reasons, whether to aid my rescue pets in settling into their new home, dealing with past trauma, or to promote post-operative healing, for example,” she continued. “They love it and will often come and ‘ask’ for a short Reiki session to soothe and aid restful sleep.”

Personalised pet care is at the heart of the MyWaggyTails ethos. Founded by marketeer and business consultant Randle Stonier, the franchise launched this summer having been inspired by Randle’s sister Mitch, who – keen to have a job she could work around family life – set up MyWaggyTails Chinnor in March 2017. Knowing the business could do better, Mitch asked Randle for support, and he overhauled the brand, launching the franchise soon after.

Bottling up and sharing their pet business know-how to help others start or grow their own dog businesses with MyWaggyTails, the franchise system has made launching a new pet care business less daunting by dealing with everything from legal obligations, council licensing, and insurance to training, website design, and social media, MyWaggyTails allows franchises such as Chirs’ to flourish.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris join our group of passionate pet lovers, to now offer our first-class standard of pet care across this area of Lancashire,” said Randle. “Her love for animals shines through and we look forward to nurturing Chris as she builds up her pet care business.”


Source: Lancashire Post