Having recognised there was more to life than working for a commercial construction company, Peter Houghton quickly realised that OSCAR gave him the opportunity to have his own family business and work from home.
"Wanting a new challenge inspired me to work for myself, but most importantly for my family. That includes my wife Lucy, my son Charlie and our pet dog, Sophie.
OSCAR came recommended via family connections, which led me to investigate more about franchising and more about the company, via the website. I had seen a number of OSCAR vans on the road and this assured me that here was a business opportunity that was well established with a brand that offered potential growth.
My life has been a complete turnaround and having relocated to an area where, by chance, an existing OSCAR business was for sale things were about to change even more. I had no hesitation in making an enquiry, and the initial introduction gave me confidence in the service and the opportunity. I went through all the avenues of research, discovery day and days out with a franchisee to a final interview. Everything worked out so well, and I could not wait to get started.
The support from head office was reassuring and I was overwhelmed when neighbouring franchisees were willing to show me the ropes at shows and give initial introductions to customers. OSCAR have a number of marketing opportunities, one of them being a telesales marketing campaign.
I was delighted with the results. It helped a great deal in the early stages by establishing appointments with potential customers. This enabled me to get a feel for the business and become competent selling the products. Taste trials have now become second nature, one of which led to meeting the mother of our puppy, a Flat-coated Retriever.
Working arrangements were never suitable to own a puppy, but the flexibility of an OSCAR business gave us the ideal opportunity to make life complete.
It has taken just over a year to reach my total comfort zone, but everything has fallen into place. It was all meant to be, and from that first meeting with OSCAR I have benefited a great deal from working with a supportive network that expands my family business, albeit at arm's length."
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.
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.
Find out more about Oscar Pet Foods Franchise and how it works for Carole and Steve Lane
Pippa Crow was already an OSCAR customer and very aware of what she was taking on when she approached OSCAR to purchase her franchise.
Hugh Allam from Woking in Surrey purchased his OSCAR franchise in 2005.
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.
The OSCAR Training Scheme embraces all the skills required to build a successful business, and can be tailored to suit individual strengths and weaknesses. The training will have a positive impact on the business if there exists a determination and drive to implement it fully from day one.Frank Newsome - OSCAR Pet Foods - Wrexham
With over sixteen years experience in the franchise industry, at management level, I know that OSCAR offers the benefits of a tried and tested system. To find a franchisor with a high quality product and level of service was an added bonus.Hugh Allam - OSCAR Pet Foods - Woking
I had the desire to work for myself but wanted the reassurance of not going totally alone. I liked the OSCAR approach – taking every opportunity to speak with other franchisees before making my final decision.Kim Stanier - OSCAR Pet Foods - Birmingham
PR launch with full support including a competition with a local publication
OSCAR Nutritional Advisor Qualification from Myerscough College
Van (contract hire) ready to drive away including full colour livery with reflective branding, rear display racking and deposit paid