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The Warrington Digs for Dogs franchise is being marketed for sale, which represents an opportunity to combine a passion for dogs with a lifestyle business that can be run from home. Digs for Dogs provides a matching service for those wishing to have a dog in the home ‘part time’ and dog owners looking for trustworthy home environments for their dogs, as an alternative to kennels. Effectively the service provides a unique one to one home boarding service - “happy holiday homes for dogs” with a loving host family.
Digs for Dogs was founded in 2012 as a single entity, with the first franchise sold in 2014 and now with a network of 39 home boarding and dog walking franchises, predominantly across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire. The franchise has been recognised within the industry, winning the Pet Industry Federation National Award of Pet Services business of the Year 2020 and finalists in the Made in Bury Business Awards for Best In Class Pet Services Business 2020.
The Warrington franchise was founded in 2018 by the current owner and has grown organically year over year (pre Covid), establishing both a regular client base and a network of loyal host families. The owner now wishes to retire and is keen that an ambitious dog lover build on the impeccable reputation of the business and continue its growth.
The franchise package includes full training, including canine first aid training, and operational support. It also includes marketing, with materials such as leaflets and posters, in addition to digital marketing and online directories, which ensure top Google rankings. Furthermore a central contact centre manages initial phone enquiries before forwarding them on, ensuring the franchisee can focus on a prime element of the role – meeting prospective dogs and sitters. The franchise provides comprehensive IT support and initial set up, with a bespoke customer management system, a secure online payment system, a Microsoft Office subscription and official Digs for Dogs email address.
Digs for Dogs franchises are strongly cashflow positive, with low overheads and pre-Covid the Warrington franchise was generating sales of c £16-18k. While travel restrictions through the Covid period have obviously dented revenues, there a strong pent up demand once travel restrictions are eased, and 2021 is expected to be a strong year.
The guide price for the assets and goodwill of the business is £14,950 which includes all initial training from the franchisor, and all relevant records, including customer and dog sitter records.
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