From research and development to teaching and team management, Sarah Stephens decided that a complete career change was needed and an OSCAR franchise provided the ideal opportunity to make a new start.
"I had looked at alternative employment but to work for myself became a more exciting option as I realised the benefits of franchising. Having the back up and support of a larger company and being able to tap into their expertise was ideal for me running a business as a sole trader, as well as looking for flexibility in managing my time.
First and foremost I love horses and having never been without a dog I was veering towards the pet industry. There were choices listed on google to which I investigated but to me OSCAR stood out – besides having seen OSCAR vans in and around my local area.
I could not have wished for better guidance, I was made to feel comfortable about my future with a company that is well established in franchising and the pet industry. Listening to positive feedback from existing franchisees reassured me that I had made the right decision.
OSCAR got me off to a very good start, beginning with existing customers, followed by a telesales campaign with promising results. With the opportunity to further my education in pet nutrition I also have a brilliant product range, which has already solved a number of skin and coat problems.
I am part of a local, growing and supportive network of franchisees who are willing to share experiences and work together at various county shows, and where the introductory 'Starter Packs', tailored to suit individual pets, has been a great opening for business development.
I'm really excited about my future and I intend to build my business for longterm success."
Andrew Mitchell brought many logistical and organisational skills to his OSCAR franchise in Calder Valley.
Nigel and Berni Woodall celebrate their fifth OSCAR anniversary.
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.
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.
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.