Entrepreneurs Debbie Pomfret and Lisa Hulton have doubled the size of their dog boarding and walking business by launching three new franchises.
Debbie, 51, pictured right, established Bury-based Digs for Dogs in April 2012 and was joined soon afterwards by Lisa, 41, pictured left.
The pair expanded the business as demand grew and set up three franchises covering Bury, Whitefield, Prestwich, Rossendale and Harwood in Bolton.
Digs for Dogs’ latest expansion sees mother-and-son duo Wendy Curnock and Michael Allen-Stephens take on the Bolton West, Chorley and Leyland patch.
Former teaching assistant Emma Croft is covering Oldham and Rochdale, while mum-of-two Andrea Cummings is the new franchisee for Worsley, Swinton, Salford and Leigh.
Digs for Dogs offers home boarding with a network of host families as an alternative to kennels while a dog’s owner is away. Franchisees transport the dogs in liveried vans to and from their host families.
Other Digs for Dogs services include dog walking and house visits, taxis to see the vet or to visit a grooming salon, and summer day trips to the seaside.
Debbie said: “All of our boarders are carefully selected and vetted to ensure they provide a loving home environment for the dogs.
“This is a business designed by dog lovers for dog lovers. Both Lisa and I each have two dogs, and all of our franchisees are passionate about dogs.”
She added: “We’re excited to be growing our franchise network and plan further expansion across Greater Manchester and beyond, while also looking to add to our range of services.
“We operate a successful business model providing comprehensive training, IT and business support for our franchisees.
“Often they have been seeking a career change and are ambitious to grow a successful business of their own.
“We did the same – I have a background in retail and sales management, while Lisa previously worked in customer services at a building society.”