Barking Mad

Company Overview

Barking Mad delights thousands of customers by arranging home from home holidays as the alternative to kennels. We love dogs of all shapes and sizes and one-to-one care means our canine guests receive the undivided attention they need from our carefully selected hosts. We either arrange care in a home where there are no resident dogs, or dog holidays with a well-socialised resident playmate – ideal for breeds that enjoy the company of other dogs.

Franchise Overview

Founded in 2000, Barking Mad is an established national franchise with coverage across the UK. Enjoying excellent national PR on BBC TV and radio, regional and national newspapers and magazines. 35% greenfield, 65% resales, 0 company-owned branches. International partners operate in the US and Barking Mad’s International Partnership Programme officially launched in October 2010. The project involves the Barking Mad business model being sold on a non-compete Teaching System Agreement where partners have complete access to our unique franchisee/franchisor intellectual property. Find out more via the Barking Mad video here.

Training

Regular support in field, on phone and online. Help is always on hand throughout term. Strong at launch, with robust franchise development template specifically designed to grow turnover at every stage. Initial Training: 5 days in-houseFirst 6 months: 'Simple Steps' development programme6-12 months: 'Plan to Succeed' workshop2-5 years: Development & reviewOngoing: Quarterly ‘Area Group' meetings. Regional bi-annual sales meetings. Annual residential national conference – paid for by head office

Daily Life of a Franchisee

Every day is different; a sociable role in the office, or out and about simply telling people who you are and what you do. You will spend time meeting new customers and their owners as well as host families to look after your canine guests. Driving to collect and deliver dogs. Meeting with local contacts such as vets, dog walkers and grooming parlours. Owner-operated business with potential for employees after year two.

Full Description

Barking Mad is the original home from home pet care franchise. A truly unique business opportunity offering dog home boarding as an alternative to dog boarding kennels. Barking Mad provides a Home-from-Home holiday for your dog and a proven business system for those wanting to run their own business and work with dogs and dog loving people.

“An impressive franchisor that goes above and beyond to ensure its franchisees are fully equipped to deliver excellent services” – British Franchise Association (BFA)

Barking Mad is a multi-award winning, dynamic, challenging and rewarding home based business in the fast growing pet care sector. Founded in 2000, we have years of experience and proven success providing unrivalled training, support and investment in the latest systems and technology. Barking Mad offers the UK’s largest, professional home from home dog care opportunity part of the Franchise Brands plc group.

BENEFITS include:

  • The only pet care brand with a National TV advertising campaign
  • A growing marketplace
  • Trusted brand with 5 star Trustpilot ‘Best in Category’ No. 1 rating
  • Part of Franchise Brands plc, an exceptionally knowledgeable franchisor offering unrivalled and ongoing support
  • Regular, repeat custom
  • Flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle

We are happy to hear from anyone across the UK who’d like to join Barking Mad as a franchisee. If you have the potential skills and the desire, we want to talk to you about becoming potential business partners.
We also lead the way in creating and developing local host communities devoted to caring for our dogs. Our proven business franchise model has been developed over many years, and is tailored to suit your lifestyle and business aspirations. You will benefit from low overheads and the flexibility to dictate your own working hours, allowing you control over your work life balance. Once your customers have experienced the satisfaction and peace of mind they get from using your professional service, they will be delighted and regularly recommending it to all their friends and family. The benefits of a life with dogs are clear for all to see and Barking Mad is the solution for thousands of satisfied customers, hosts and Barking Mad devotees.

Develop and Manage a Proven Profitable Business Model

  • A Full Time Opportunity Working Your Own Franchise
  • Flexible Hours
  • Work in a Team Representing a National Brand

The Barking Mad franchise offers many systems and benefits not available anywhere else. It’s a self-employed business opportunity in a fast-growing sector, backed by a market-leading brand with a proven support network. We have worked hard to make sure we are the very best you can get and our franchise partners are selected on this basis.

  1. Following your initial enquiry we’ll look together at the territory available within your area and have an initial chat on the phone,or discuss via email.
  2. Come along and meet Lee and see the rest of the support team at HQ. At this confidential meeting you’ll get to see our operation at first hand, ask all the questions you want to ask and answer some of ours too. You’ll learn about the business advantages such as the fact that the operation is ‘cash flow positive’ with loyal repeat customers booking on a regular basis. And of course, running your business from home means your overheads are kept to a minimum. You’ll also discover, as we have, that business isn’t seasonal.
  3. If we decide together that Barking Mad is right for you we will invite you to join us! You will attend our South Lakes based head office for your initial training and then we will come to you to help you develop your business in the field. You will have all the tools you need to get your business known quickly in your area. We arrange and pay for advertising in your target marketplace during the first eight weeks and send out press releases to all local media contacts.

So What Makes an Ideal Franchisee?

A dog lover, that goes without saying. However, primarily you will be running a business so we look for enthusiastic communicators with the ambition to grow a successful venture. You will be working full time to achieve something you can be proud of. We’re really selective about whom we work with and we hope you are too.

We provide a comprehensive in-house training where you learn about all aspects of the business including:

  • Business planning / systems
  • Dog behaviour
  • Marketing / PR
  • Social media / Email marketing
  • Database / CRM
  • Sales techniques including personal profiling
  • Accounts
  • I.T. (including laptop/smartphone set-up)
  • Administration
  • Customer service

Our mission is to continue to be the UK’s most devoted and trusted dog care provider through our network of local communities.

In Summary:

Description:
Join the growing business award-winning franchise Barking Mad, the UK’s most devoted and trusted dog care provider, for just £13,900, with full training and support provided.
Opportunities:
In the UK.
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£13,900
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part-time:
BFA Membership:
Member - Full
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In Summary:

Description:
Join the growing business award-winning franchise Barking Mad, the UK’s most devoted and trusted dog care provider, for just £13,900, with full training and support provided.
Opportunities:
In the UK.
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£13,900
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part-time:
BFA Membership:
Member - Full