An entrepreneurial mother who set up her own pet-sitting business two years ago has seen demand grow at such an exceptional rate that she has recruited two apprentices.
Tracey Longmuir, who lives in Corby Glen, launched ISIS Pet Care to offer dog owners a service where their animals are looked after the way they would be at home.
The pets are given regular walks, exercise and training with the Little Bytham-based business and they get to relax on sofas and by mock fireplaces so they feel relaxed and comfortable.
Tracey said: “I spotted a gap in the market to deliver a better quality pet care service. And demand from customers just keeps growing. Our maximum number of dogs per day is 12. And I was almost fully booked up with clients before I’d even opened. This was when I realised I needed to employ more people to help me.”
She enlisted the help of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and after writing out a business plan discovered she could recruit one full-time member of staff plus two apprentices and still be inside her budget.
Starting her own business has not been all plain sailing for Tracey, however, as she had to cope with giving birth to her first child and splitting up with her partner during the first year of ISIS Pet Care.
“It was the most challenging year of my life,” she recalled. “All of a sudden I was on my own, pregnant and trying to succeed in a new business venture to support myself. But I was determined to make it success, and from those early days the business has grown from strength to strength.”
Information: www.isispet care.com