£100,000 birthday present for 5-Star Shropshire doggy daycare
Two Shropshire entrepreneurs are proving that dogs really are man’s best friend after they celebrated their 4th birthday earlier this year with the completion of a £100,000 investment drive and a prestigious award.
K9 Anytime owners Tom Haynes and Luke Bird have transformed Cotsbrook Farm in Shifnal into one of the UK’s leading doggy daycare and luxury dog hotels.
It has responded to a rise in demand for its services since lockdown eased by creating eight new jobs, extending the offer to include an online store and the UK’s most luxurious dog grooming salon.
The latter cost £30,000 to create, providing access to ‘walk-in’ forest green Indian marble baths, soft flow shower heads and exclusive use of industry leading products from the makers of internationally renowned hairdressing products.
A year of growth has been capped with the facility becoming the first in the county to receive a 5-Star rating by Shropshire Council across all services following annual licensing inspections.
“The rating is equivalent to what a hotel would receive and confirms that we are the very best in our field, offering exceptional service and exceptional facilities with exceptional health and safety,” explained Tom.
“It’s an esteemed acknowledgment to achieve and one which we are, quite frankly, extremely proud of considering our relatively early years as a business.”
He continued: “When we started K9 Anytime, we wanted to create something truly unique that put dogs first and gave their parents peace of mind that they would be treated like they are at home.
“In the beginning, people thought the idea of K9 Anytime was crazy, and now they think the level of investment is crazy, but anything less than the very best is simply not an option.”
K9 Anytime Doggy Daycare consists of two large and secure outdoor paddocks with agility and play equipment and an indoor play barn, as well as indoor daycare rooms complete with sofas and raised beds for downtime during the day.
The luxury dog hotel has five fully furnished, private luxury bedrooms, including memory foam beds, luxury blankets and fluffy cushions, sofas and armchairs, room service meals, 24-hour audio and video monitoring and Bluetooth speakers piping in reggae and classical music… scientifically proven to have a relaxing effect on pups.
Luke Bird went on to add: “We’ve come a long way in four years and now have a team of eleven looking after our dogs, running our online shop (‘the Pantry’) for natural dog food and treats and making the dogs look their very best with our pampering experience.”
K9 Anytime remained operational throughout the pandemic providing essential services for key workers and extending opening hours to accommodate different shift patterns.
As Covid-19 has caused the postponement of its annual Doggy Christmas Market for a second year running, the company is rolling out its largest ever Christmas Raffle with 10 exciting prizes totaling £30,000 in value.
This ranges from a free year of Daycare to luxury hampers and more. Tickets are available via its online shop (www.k9anytime.com/thepantry) for the grand draw on December 17th.