Case Study: Tina Young

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We have taken the traditional services available in a parlour and made them even better. At Barking Mad we have developed a new and ergonomically designed van as a mobile salon which is equipped with the latest hydrobath and grooming facilities, bringing you everything you require for clients’ dogs, from a simple wash and brush up to a full professional groom. Barking Mad Professional Mobile Dog Grooming is a member of the British Dog Groomers' Association part of the Pet Industry Federation. Barking Mad Ltd is also a member of the Pet Services Association.
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Barking Mad

  Opportunities:
In the UK
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  Minimum Investment:
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Full

Read this article to find out Tina’s story as a Barking Mad franchisee!

Barking Mad Franchise

“My name is Tina (that’s me in the middle of the photo, 3 from the right). When I was younger, I can’t recall telling my careers advisor that I wanted a job arranging holidays for dogs!

So, how did I get here? I had been working in Call Centre Management for two blue chip companies and although there were financial rewards, I had very little job satisfaction and I felt ‘like a square peg in a round hole’. I just didn’t fit.

My husband was in a similar position with his job, and we both came to the conclusion that things really needed to change. It is a well-used cliché, but we do only have one life so we didn’t want to waste it doing a job that made us unhappy. I spent about 9 months searching for something that would fulfil me. I’ve always been very passionate about my job and I like working hard, so it was so important to me to find something that suited me.

After a chat, we arranged a meeting at head office. We talked in detail about the business and I loved the fact that my ‘interview’ kept getting interrupted by Bronte, Lee’s Dalmatian, who would stick her nose in for a stroke or a treat!

Barking Mad Franchise

I thought: ‘this is the type of business that I want to be involved in’! The business model really appealed to me. I could run my own business and be part of a franchise organisation that would clearly support and guide me. As I had never run my own business, I felt this would work really well for me, so the decision was made and in April 2005 I launched Barking Mad in
Northumberland.

Over 10 years on, we are now a team of 6. Buying my Barking Mad business has turned out to be a life changing decision. My business has continued to grow year after year which has boosted my confidence and happiness. My family has also grown, as I now have two children. Running my business and looking after my family has worked very well for me. It’s such a great feeling to be able to say that you love your job.”

In 2014, Tina was named as the overall BFA HSBC Franchisee of the Year. 

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