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Barking Mad Franchise

Barking Mad franchise team winning franchise award 2019

Live the dog lover’s dream and be your own boss, running a multi award-winning pet care franchise, starting from £15,400*

If you’ve always dismissed dog sitting as being a lower paid occupation, take a look at the self-employed Barking Mad franchise opportunity. Our 80+ franchise owners love what they do and reap the benefits of a successful, flexible, family-friendly career.

Pet Care Pioneers Since 2000

Established in 2000, Barking Mad is the UK’s most trusted dog sitting service, as independently verified by TrustPilot. Bespoke dog holidays are provided through a franchise network of dedicated, local professionals. Franchisees coordinate dog holidays and recruit a community of carefully chosen, dog-loving host families, who care for pets whilst their owners are away.

Join Our Pack

Would you jump at the chance to ditch your current routine and enjoy spending every day in the company of adorable dogs and fellow dog lovers? John and Elaine Warburton, recent winners of the British Franchise Association Lifestyle Award, describe buying a Barking Mad franchise as, ‘the best decision we have ever made’. Self-confessed, ex ‘wage slave commuter’ John explains:

“As animal lovers, the concept of home-from-home dog boarding held huge appeal. The Barking Mad franchise system’s tried, tested and proven operating procedures were a major factor in our decision, along with the training, support and potential for growth to an impressive six figure turnover.”

Barking Mad is expanding across the UK and needs new, motivated business owners to meet demand. Could this be you?

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Tail Wagging Comprehensive Business and Customer Support

Barking Mad’s team of experts are specialists in all areas of the business, so you don’t have to be!  From dog behaviour and accounts advice, to social media and online marketing support, help is on hand. Franchisees are guided every step of the way with one to one business planning and expert training guides.

When you buy a Barking Mad franchise, you will also benefit from an experienced team of customer contact centre advisors, providing a friendly and professional voice to answer every call your business receives. Appointment booking and customer conversion are their specialities!

Award Woofing Systems

Barking Mad invest in the latest systems to stay ahead of the pack! As a full member of the British Franchise Association (Bfa) since 2002, our team has been recognised with multiple awards and nominations from organisations such as the Bfa & HSBC, Amazon Business, Pet Industry Federation (PIF), Encouraging Women In Franchising (Ewif), WorkBuzz Best Franchise Awards and many more.

Loyal Repeat Business and Referrals in a Massive Growth Industry

We’re a nation of pet lovers and with the value of the UK pet market set to hit £7bn by 2021, demand for dog holidays is predicted to increase. Our customers and hosts love Barking Mad (just read any of our reviews) using us year after year and recommending us every day to friends and family. Our customers want the very best for their pets and no matter what the economic climate, they won’t compromise on dog care.

Top Dog Brand Leader As Seen On TV

A strong British brand and extensive expert resources mean we have a tried and tested recipe for your success. Barking Mad has a strong brand presence both online and offline, with a TV advert, as well as being featured by the national media including the BBC, ITN, Daily Mail, Metro, Evening Standard and many more.

Barking Mad franchisees with their pet dog

Part of Franchise Brands plc Group

Franchise Brands plc is an international multi-brand franchisor with a combined network of over 450 franchisees in 12 countries, but predominantly in the UK. The Group’s current principal brands are Barking Mad, Metro Rod, ChipsAway and Ovenclean. Franchise Brands’ vision is to create a group of market-leading franchise businesses that benefit from sharing the same support services, with huge commitment to investment and innovation.

Fully Insured, Licensed & ISO9001 Canine Compliant

Barking Mad has been fully insured and worked with all relevant UK Local Authorities and Councils since 2000. The Barking Mad system is the only dog care franchise to achieve ISO 9001 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. This allows consistently high implementation of a robust quality system and for us to be fully compliant with all laws.

Take control of YOUR future with a Barking Mad franchise...

  • Realistic start-up costs allow you to benefit from our strong, British brand name
  • Industry leading systems and support – ISO 9001 accredited
  • Benefit from the security of being part of the larger Franchise Brands plc Group and their wealth of experience
  • Professional training in all areas of the business
  • Your own website pages and social media set-up
  • TrustPilot No.1 status with thousands of 5* reviews
  • Online marketing (SEO, PR, PPC, Google + more) set-up and support
  • Benefit from working with a leading, global media agency to support online success
  • Established and supportive franchise network since 2002
  • Exclusive territory
  • Guidance through licensing processes
  • Corporate clothing and equipment
  • Comprehensive branded marketing materials
  • Enjoy the flexibility of being your own boss and working from home

Territories are strictly exclusive and available on a first come first served basis, so why not get in touch today? We’d love to chat to you about taking the first steps to becoming a dog care entrepreneur.

*OTHER SET UP COSTS (payable direct to approved suppliers) - vehicle Livery £410, annual business insurance premiums (p.a. payable by monthly instalments) £350. *V.A.T. is applicable to the above costs.

Barking Mad franchisees with recruitment banner

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Franchisee Case Studies

Barking Mad Franchisee

From Barking Mad customer to franchise owner in Lancashire

Kevin Matthews

Kevin Matthews is the owner of Barking Mad Central Lancashire. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Walton-le-Dale. Before buying his Barking Mad franchise in 2014, Kevin was a retail manager for a large high street chain. This career history yielded skills which have been transferable and instrumental in running a successful dog home boarding franchise.



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