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Animal-lover makes use of life-savings to open self-service canine wash


A lady has opened a self-service canine wash after recognizing a niche out there. Victoria Shepherd arrange the enterprise known as Glad Henry’s! at Amerton Farm, in between Stafford and Uttoxeter, after returning to the UK from America the place she was working as a video manufacturing supervisor within the journey business.

The 52, from Salt, moved again to Staffordshire two years in the past to be close to her aged sufferers however was stunned to seek out there have been no self-service canine washes within the space.

She mentioned: “I went to Cannock Chase sooner or later, received actually muddy and went right into a pet retailer in Stafford. I mentioned ‘the place’s the closest self-service canine wash?’ they usually checked out me like I used to be loopy.

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“I did some analysis, there’s just one place that’s even near being one thing related however it’s not indoor and wasn’t something like what I had in my head.

“That’s after I thought, you already know what, this may be loopy, however as a substitute of making use of for jobs that fifty million different individuals have utilized for, why not take an opportunity and use my life financial savings to begin this enterprise? In order that’s how Glad Henry’s! took place.

‘Quirky and sophisticated’ Henry

Victoria’s enterprise is called after her canine Henry, a six yr previous Lab Hound that she describes as quirky and sophisticated.

“I reached out to Stafford council to say I’m doing this however I’ve by no means run a enterprise within the UK. That’s after I came upon that they do a free mentoring programme for startups. It’s an excellent factor as a result of they provide you twelve hours of 1 on one, you get digital advertising and marketing, finance and money movement lessons.

“Then on the finish of doing the free programme, I used to be in a position to apply and received a further £5,000 curiosity free mortgage. That £5,000 enabled me to not stress, and it gave me slightly little bit of respiration room to return and learn to truly groom.

“Individuals are giving me suggestions saying ‘we love the way in which we work with canines’, I used to be getting such good evaluations on-line. My objective is for canines to come back right here and go away having had a optimistic expertise.

“I would like them to decide on to get into this tub tub. I work with the house owners in giving them methods to get the canines to really feel snug on this atmosphere and I try this with games-based coaching.

Glad Consumer

“Each canine deserves to be comfortable. That’s my objective with Glad Henry’s!. I get a kick out of it. I present every part for adults and kids, waterproof collars, waterproof aprons.

“For those who’re an present buyer you go and do the washing by yourself, however in the event you need assistance I’m all the time right here. If I’ve clients with restricted mobility I can assist them too. If it’s your first tub, I give directions on find out how to use the tools appropriately and safely.

“The objective is individuals can simply come and do it themselves. Particularly if they’ve nervous or reactive canines. Loads of my referrals are from contacts who say ‘we’ve been instructed to come back to you since you’re good with nervous canines.’.”

Jane Harnett, from Stowe-by-Chartley, who has a poodle named Ruby mentioned “For those who really feel you may have a canine that’s barely anxious, then Victoria is your woman. She’s completely different from most groomers, she takes the time and will get to know the canines.”

For an appointment at Glad Henry’s! go to happy-henrys.co.uk. It’s £5 for the primary tub and after that it’s £9. You possibly can comply with Victoria’s enterprise at @happyhenrysdogwash on Fb and Instagram.

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