Hopes Happy Hounds (HHH), a UK-based pet service franchise plans to double in size within the next 18 months. This low-cost franchise, initial investment is just £2995, is very affordable to people who have recently been made redundant or are looking to top up with a second income.
At present the company has 14 franchisees throughout the UK but has ambitious plans to recruit another 14 with territories available throughout England and Scotland. Growth is being fueled by customer demand for the company’s services in a number of locations, with Cambridge and across Scotland identified as ‘hot spots’.
The business was started by Amy Wilson in 2010 having successfully run her pet services business for over ten years. Having proven the business model, she worked with franchise professionals to launch her own franchise. Services offered include dog walking, dog and pet sitting plus cat and small animal care.
Amy said: “My family and I have been involved with dogs for years. My parents were dog trainers and I have successfully run my own pet services business for over a decade. We aim to offer a professional, friendly and responsible service to our customers and our franchisees are trained to the highest standards in pet care.”
Amy adds: “The current economic conditions in the UK make a low-cost proven franchise like ours even more attractive; people can work from home and set their own hours. Working in the pet sector is also renowned for being ‘recession proof’ as no matter what people need their much-loved pets cared for.”
Anyone joining the franchise, which is accredited by the Approved Franchise Association, can look forward to building a successful business with a good work/life balance. Based on existing franchisees average earnings (depending on hours worked and number of customers) are in the region of £600-800 per week.
The franchise includes the following:
- Training — online training including canine first aid, animal first aid, cat and dog care
- Vehicle livery service (franchisees supply own vehicle)
- Social media and Yell.com advertising to generate leads
- Personalised web page on HHH website
- Branded uniform/clothing
- Leaflets and business cards
- Accountancy services to set up company, install accounting software, register with HMRC and so forth
- Public liability insurance — first year’s insurance included
- 24/7 Support from the franchisor
To invest in a HHH franchise costs £2995 for the one-off franchise fee and there is a ongoing royalty of 10% of weekly sales.
Someone who is already reaping the benefits of a HHH franchise is Abi Neave who launched her franchise in Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots in March 2019. Having previously worked at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for four years, she was keen to combine her love for animals with starting a business.
Abi said: “When I read an advert for a Hopes Happy Hounds franchise online, I was instantly interested. It was an opportunity to launch my own business, with low start-up costs, a great support network behind me, and most importantly it allowed me to continue working with animals. The fact it was a franchise really helped me, as all the policies, systems and procedures were already in place and I also got lots of help with marketing and social media on starting up to start generating business. In addition, I received full training in dog care, cat care, animal first aid and canine first aid.
“So far it has gone really well, there is a real demand for help with pets from owners who are not at home all day.”