On February 7th this year, Fran Cheshire celebrated Grrs2Purrs' 2nd Anniversary. What she has achieved is quite extraordinary and I asked Fran to summarise her 2 years in a short article.
This is what she said:
We started off on the 7th February 2013 with just myself (Fran) and Alison in the Grrs Grooming and the Grrs2Purrs Pet Supplies Shop. Now India, Karen Jordan and Emily have joined us and ‘Wow’ - what a team we make!
We have completed just over 3,500 grooms in the 2 years, ranging from Labradors to Leonbergers, Cockerpoo’s to Labradoodles , Airedales to Bernese Mountain dogs. And of course, then there’s the less common breeds like Griffon Bruxellois and Spanish Water dogs!
Our ‘Return Rate’ is sitting at 83% and we are currently looking at being fully booked up to the beginning of April. I couldn’t have asked for more.
In March 2015, we were thrilled to be invited to join 'The Bestof Market Harborough', who recognise by recommendation, and proudly promote some of ‘the best’ local independent businesses in the region.
You can see our feature and customer reviews here.
And one of the biggest highlights in the last 12 months was the filming of the “NHS Bleed for England” advert, just before the Rugby World Cup finals, with an England Rugby Player.
You can see the short film on either our Website or on The Bestof Market Harborough.
The experience was fantastic, even though the final cut from the 7 hours of filming was just 1 minute 42 seconds! The support from our customers with allowing us to use their dogs in the filming, giving blood for the 1st time ever, and attending the ‘Launch Luncheon’ at the Hilton Park Lane, London was all just brilliant.
But the part I’m most proud of is that we were approached by the agents because of our ‘excellent reputation’ and that they had ‘mystery shopped’ us. The feedback they gave us was outstanding – this was definitely the proudest day so far.
Over the last 2 years, we have supported 2 local Animal Rescue Centres and our customers have once again been truly amazing and extremely supportive.
Together, we have raised to date in excess of £1,500 and this is something we are very pleased about. It has enabled us to donate £450 to Leicester Animal Rescue, Tilton on the Hill and £1,050 to Leicester Animal Aid, Huncote where we used £800 to buy essential grooming equipment and consumables so they can now groom their dogs.
So, a big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has helped us to raise this money.
Our pet supplies shop has gone from strength to strength and we are so pleased to say that, where possible, we buy from the best local or independent business in the UK.
We stock ranges of anything from collars, leads , beds, clothing, toys, shampoos (and much more) to a large range of natural treats and quality dog foods.
We also like to promote other selected local linked businesses such as Vets, Boarding & Walking and Training.
Our wealth of knowledge has grown over the 2 years and we are very happy to help, support and offer advice to any of our customers and their animals.
We are really looking forward to another exciting year ahead. I can’t go into detail now but what I will say is, please keep in touch and keep watching our Website www.grrs2purrs.co.uk and Facebook page Grr’s 2 Purr’s Ltd and updates on our special feature on “the best of Market Harborough”.
It’s all so exciting!!
It's been a brilliant 2 years and I would really like to say ‘3 BIG THANK YOUs.
Firstly, to my fantastic team – Alison, India, Karen Jordan and Emily - because without their hard work, dedication and support, we just wouldn’t be where we are today. THANK YOU.
Secondly, I thank all our amazing customers for supporting us and for remaining so loyal. THANK YOU.
And thirdly, to Andrew and my family. Without you, I wouldn’t have had the strength and opportunity to be so focused and to have achieved all of this. THANK YOU.
Owner of Grrs Grooming and Grrs2Purrs.
Congratulations Fran and to your wonderful team. And may the next 2 years be even more successful!
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