Meet our award winning Franchisees

Not only is Wagging Tails an award winning franchise but our fantastic network of Franchisees are also multiple award winners in their own right, fully illustrating the success of our business model. A Wagging Tails franchise has been designed to be a successful and viable long term business proposition which is illustrated by the fact that 40% of our network have been with us for over 4 years. This includes our very first franchisees, Teresa and Caroline who joined us in 2010 and 2011 respectively and who both continue to run thriving Wagging Tails franchises.

Teresa Bowers

Wagging Tails Oxfordshire franchisee, Teresa Bowers with her dogs Scooby and Tyler2013 EWIF Franchisee of the Year, Teresa Bowers“Lisa is always available to help and guide me through various situations, and her experience with the business and her knowledge of dogs is invaluable. I have yet to pose a question or concern that she hasn’t been able to fully answer and help with, and I had many in the early weeks! A few short months on and I know that joining Wagging Tails was the best decision I have made in a while.”

Following a successful career as a Financial Advisor, Teresa now owns and runs the Oxfordshire (OX Postcode) and Reading (RG Postcode) Franchises of Wagging Tails. Teresa has been featured in Dogs Monthly, won the EWIF Franchisee of the Year Award in 2013 and has been Wagging Tails Franchisee of the Year on two occasions, most recently in 2015.

Alexis Bennett

Wagging Tails franchisee, Alexis Bennett with her Beagle puppy, Brea
“It has been busy, exciting and a bit of a whirlwind!

I love spending time with Brea. Taking her to work to meet prospective Carers and new doggy friends is a real treat. I have met fantastic Carers and owners with varied, interesting lives; some have their own dogs, some have owned many different breeds and there are always stories to share.

Being a Wagging Tails franchisee is certainly a rewarding career move. Now we are truly up and running, I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

A former Headmistress, Alexis launched the Gloucestershire (GL Postcode) Wagging Tails Franchise in January 2016 following a career in education. In September 2016 she collected the 2016 Brandbuilder Award at Wagging Tails annual Conference in recognition of the hard work she has put in to developing Wagging Tails in the Gloucestershire area.

Caroline Harrison

Caroline, Buzz and Kate“It was important to me that I was doing something I really believed in and where the welfare of animals takes priority.
Training was very thorough although I must admit I was a bit worried, not having been used to working a computer, but it all comes as second nature now and I can truly say I am enjoying my job very much. Every day I get to speak to lovely owners and arrange holiday homes with one of my fantastic team of carers plus I get to do this from the comfort of my home surrounded by my beloved pets! Since taking over the SO area I’ve had great support not only from Director Lisa but also dog owners who already use the service, existing carers and Vets and dog trainers who recommend the service.

Caroline has owned and run the Southampton (SO Postcode) Wagging Tails Franchise since buying the business in 2011.

Hilary Coates

Franchisee Hilary Coates with her beagle, Bandit.

EWIF New Franchisee of the Year, Hilary Coates“It has been a pleasure to work with franchisors who are so passionate about the way their franchise should operate as it encourages me to set high standards for myself, which will only help my business to flourish and grow.

I was going through a divorce and I needed to make myself financially independent and that’s something that is going to happen now which is really pleasing. It’s given me a new lease of life, I realise now that I can do a lot more than I thought I could.”

Hilary launched her Wagging Tails Franchise in Wiltshire in April 2014. Since then she has won New Franchisee of the Year at the 2015 EWIF Awards, was a Finalist at the 2014 Pet Industry Awards,  was a Finalist in 3 categories of the 2014 Wiltshire Business Awards and has twice been name Wagging Tails Franchisee of the Year, in 2014 and 2016.

Sarah Evans

sarah-dexter-polaroidEWIF New Franchisee of the Year Finalist, Sarah Evans“Having three school aged children my hours very much work round the school day and the pressure of after school events and my family commitments. As my own boss I can manage my diary to work for me. I can monitor calls, emails and texts from my mobile when away from my office and respond to them accordingly. I sometimes will process a booking or talk to an owner in the evenings as many of them will be at work during the day so unable to talk to you about their dogs. Setting up my franchise has allowed me to utilise my professional background in a customer facing industry and apply it to a business that I can work around my family life giving me a great work / life balance. One year on and I can honestly say that running my own business is the best thing I have ever done career wise. I wish I had done it years ago.”

Sarah previously enjoyed a successful career in the City before deciding to relocate to the countryside to raise her family. Sarah was a Wagging Tails Carer for Teresa’s Oxfordshire Franchise before she decided to take the opportunity to buy her own business and launched the Coventry (CV Postcode) Franchise in February 2013 allowing her to earn an income working from home and continue to raise her family. She was a Finalist for the New Franchisee of the Year at the 2014 EWIF Awards.

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