Britain has a reputation as a nation of pet lovers – and business statistics certainly reflect this, with a staggering £4,585 billion being spent on pet services in the UK in 2016.
This desire to provide better care for our pets has resulted in the expansion of the Worcester-based Dog House (www.thedoghouseworcester.co.uk).
Business owner Dawn Inett has spent over 35 years living and working with dogs and has turned her hobby in to a business. Set up in 2006, The Dog House offers grooming, day care and a shop selling dog food and gifts, as well as canine massage and launderette services.
“The kind of services clients are looking for has changed greatly over the last decade,” says Dawn.
“Customers are more discerning about the level of care their dogs receive and want a knowledgeable, trustworthy business to look after their canine family members.”
The business has just opened a new Dog Day Care Centre, offering a 700 square foot space where owners can leave their dog for the day in individual ‘lounges’. Owners can purchase Spa treatments for their dogs too.
The Dog House also boasts a new room for dog training sessions and a laundrette specially adapted to wash dog bedding.
Support from city council grant
In the autumn The Dog House relocated from Fernhill Heath to larger premises at 86H Blackpole West Trading Estate, Blackpole, Worcester WR3 8TJ. Prior to the move Dawn successfully applied for a £2,281 business growth grant from Worcester City Council, which she match-funded from the business’s own reserves.
The grant has paid for new grooming equipment and dryers, allowing more than one dog to be groomed at the same time. The business now employs one full-time and five part-time members of staff to help groom and care for the dogs.
Worcester City Council awarded £24,500 worth of grants to local businesses in 2017.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Place and Economic Development Sub Committee at Worcester City Council said:
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Worcester’s economy, and the City Council is proud to support them through its grants programme – it’s always great to go out and see the difference the funding has made.
“If you’re considering setting up your own business in 2018 or are looking to expand an existing business, then please do get in touch with us to find out what support we could offer.”
Are you looking to expand your horizons? Worcester City Council offers start-up grants of up to £1,000 and growth grants of up to £3,000 for local businesses.
For more information, go to www.worcester.gov.uk/business or call 01905 722106.