Catherine Rudman decided her new business venture and her family connection with NSARDA (National Search and Rescue Dog Association) - sponsored by OSCAR Pet Foods - was going to be a perfect combination.
"Having given up teaching ten years ago to be at home with my family, it made sense to have a business that would fit around my lifestyle. As a trained florist, it was my decision to be self-employed, and it worked well until deadlines and special occasions became a pressure I could not manage alone.
Feeling more unsettled, it was my local franchisee who suggested OSCAR as a business opportunity. I did not hesitate to follow up and carried out my own Internet research as I could also see this product fitting nicely around my family connection with dogs. This led on to a discovery meeting and the experience of spending a day with a franchisee, which was enough for me to decide that OSCAR was made for me!
Jake, our Labrador Retriever, was already enjoying OSCAR food while in training to become a search and rescue dog. My husband, James, is Jake's handler, and now as a fully qualified volunteer for NSARDA Jake receives his food via OSCAR's sponsorship scheme. We are committed to ensuring Jake remains in peak condition - feeding high quality food is vitally important due to the stamina required for his work.
I invested in a new start-up area and the initial training was a great place to meet everyone and gain an all-round insight into the business. Back-up support from Head Office was and still is perfect, and regular visits from the business development team have been great for confidence building. I'm not a sales person but I've quickly discovered how the products sell themselves and direct contact with customers is an important learning curve.
Being part of a franchise is so different from my previous self-employment. I now have my own business in a large network with discussion forums, and connections with neighbouring franchisees offers additional support. The flexibility of the OSCAR franchise has enabled me to promote and develop my invaluable service around home life, which was an important factor from the outset."
Nigel and Berni Woodall celebrate their fifth OSCAR anniversary.
The principle of OSCAR Pet Foods had an instant impact on Hayley Clare's plans for the future.
Brian Hulme celebrates his 15th anniversary with OSCAR Pet Foods.
If ever an OSCAR Pet Food franchise fell into the right hands it had to be those of Steve and Jill Tubbs!
Being self-employed with OSCAR Pet Foods and working from home gives you the flexibility of running your own business around family requirements, and your lifestyle around your business.
Rachel Knight found the perfect answer when she discovered OSCAR as a business opportunity.
Sarah Stephens decided that a complete career change was needed and an OSCAR franchise provided the ideal opportunity to make a new start.
By finding a business to suit her interests and love of animals, Joanne Walker discovered her future career with OSCAR.
Nigel and Bernie Woodhall talk about their decision to join Oscar Pet Foods.
Father and Son, Laurence and Malcolm Slade, are united in business with Oscar Pet Foods in Kent.
Neil and Lorraine Stapleton tell us that they are making the most of the economic climate with Oscar Pet Foods.
One year into their OSCAR business, Shaun and Dawn Brigden, from Burgess Hill, take a moment to reflect on the decision that changed their life.
OSCAR is not always an unknown name to its potential franchisees because some of them are already customers whose pets are benefiting from the goodness of healthy food.
Pippa Crow was already an OSCAR customer and very aware of what she was taking on when she approached OSCAR to purchase her franchise.
Martyn Berry took 18 months to decide that he wanted to more into franchising, but the decision of OSCAR Pet Foods was an easy one.
Claire Taylor, OSCAR franchisee from South Manchester researched the market thoroughly before taking up her OSCAR Franchise.
Brian Hulme runs his OSCAR Pet Foods business in Stockport, Greater Manchester.