Gill Reynolds has set up the Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel in the back garden of her home in a leafy part of the town, where there are plenty of birds and squirrels to keep the guests entertained.
She explains: “I came across Longcroft when I needed somewhere for my two cats to stay and was so impressed by how special it was I knew straight away that I would love to run a business just like it.”
Gill was able to very quickly agree the franchise terms with franchisor Abi Purser, who developed the concept of the cat hotel, then set about obtaining planning permission.
Gill explains: “We put together a very comprehensive application and permission was granted without any problem. The hotel was finished within seven weeks.
“I was fortunate in that Abi was able to negotiate commercial arrangements for the fixtures and fittings on my behalf and this was all completed within our projected budget. During this process Abi was taking bookings for us so we had clients lined up for Easter and beyond.”
Although it is still early days, only having opened in April, but Gill firmly believes that this is a fantastic franchise opportunity with excellent franchisor support, including a very impressive website from which she has already received many enquiries and bookings, together with an outstanding ongoing strategy.