An indoor self-service dog wash shop has grown with a £5,000 start-up loan.
Victoria Shepherd created Happy Henry’s! at Amerton Farm, near Stafford, last year to pursue her dream of running a dog spa business.
Now she has used an interest-free loan from the Staffordshire County Council Start-Up Scheme to develop herself into dog grooming.
The funding is part of the wider Staffordshire Means Back to Business support scheme set up by the county council to get more money and business support faster during and after the pandemic.
Victoria said: “My own dog was very nervous but having had dogs for years I know how to help people deal with them. When I saw a gap in the Stafford market for a dog grooming service do-it-yourself that not only makes bathing nervous dogs easier, but also helps teach their owners to manage their behaviors, I jumped on it.
“Although I have years of experience as a dog owner, when my dog Henry came into my life, I realized he had issues that I didn’t know how to handle. game-based training and I started to learn more about dog behavior and great ways to help dogs.
“The interest-free loan from the county council has given me just that bit of breathing room to complete my grooming training so that I can now offer a full service for all dogs.”
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The county council has so far provided £124,000 in interest-free loans to businesses in Staffordshire that needed a boost.
Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, Philip White, said: “Our start-up loans can make a real difference for young businesses and have been a vital part of growing of Victoria.
“With flexible repayment terms as well as zero per cent interest, these loans have already made a big difference to small businesses in Staffordshire, who are the engine of our economy.
“With support available across Staffordshire, it’s no wonder our county has seen more businesses start up in recent years than ever before, and they’re growing faster than most in the UK. .”
Interest-free loans of between £3,000 and £5,000 from the Staffordshire Means Back to Business support scheme are available for businesses less than two years old.
Visit the Staffordshire County Council website for more information.