Pet sitting franchise featured on national TV

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HORSHAM-based franchise Pets, Homes and Gardens will be featured on Channel 5’s “LIVE with…” on Thursday April 19 having completed a day’s filming last week.

Julie and Peter Maxted set up the franchise back in November 2009, and are just coming up to the 10th Anniversary of their own petsitting business too.

The initial business, Holiday Help 4 Petz was started in April 2002 to provide a service the couple wanted for themselves - reliable pet sitting!

As experienced pet owners, they were often confronted with the issue of what to do about their animals when they went on holiday.

Realising the stress of having to move their pets into kennels or burdening a friend or family member, they set up a service which allowed pets to be cared for in their own home.

Since then the family run business has looked after everything from cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits, to more exotic creatures such as snails, chinchillas, tortoises and water dragons.

After five years of successful business growth, Julie and Peter embarked on the next logical step - setting up a franchise.

Using the wealth of knowledge and experience they had built up, they designed a business plan that would allow others to follow in their footsteps.

As the couple are dedicated to ensuring their franchisees are able to make their own business a success, they have incorporated ongoing business support, as well as the tools required for initial set up.

Although Julie and Peter have been featured in the local press throughout their business career, it was a recent feature in the Daily Mail which caught Channel 5’s attention.

The article published in February discussed the benefits of joining a franchise rather than attempting to go it alone. As Peter stated: “Attempting to start up a business can be a daunting prospect. However, joining a franchise provides you with all the help and support you could need!”

Being featured on Channel 5 is an exciting opportunity for the franchise, as it brings with it the promise of national coverage. They already have franchisees as far as Devon, but are hoping this latest media coverage will extend this further.

Pets, Homes and Gardens will be aired on Thursday April 19 courtesy of Channel 5’s LIVE with...., which commences at 11.10am.

For more information, visit www.petshomesandgardens.co.uk.