My name is Melissa and I manage Barking Mad Staines.
I have a young family and we are all crazy about dogs having a love of animals in general. I worked for a premium retail business for over 15 years in a variety of management roles, and whilst I loved every minute of it I was ready for a new challenge.
I first came across Barking Mad when my Mum used the service for her dog, she loved it and knew that I would jump at the chance to work with dogs and run my own business. I was amazed at the response I got after relaunching the business in my name and was rewarded with an increase in turnover of 50% in my first year! I can definitely say that I made the right decision.
The support I receive from Barking Mad Head Office is absolutely vital and the key to my success. I am so grateful for their guidance. Having never run a business before, franchising with Barking Mad has given me the confidence and knowledge to continue my growth, with tremendous support in areas such as IT and organisational skills.
The main benefit to running my Barking Mad business is that it offers me complete flexibility with my family life – something that was not achievable in my previous job.
I love being part of a national network of varied individuals sharing ideas, tips and best practises at regular conferences and webinars.
We have an amazing national conference annually and along with getting to party, I get to meet lovely, like minded people to glean great tips and experience for my own business. Home boarding has become so popular now, I have no end of customers day by day looking for our service and I love providing it for them.