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Groomer up for local award
11th October 2018

By Sandra Pearce

A former supermarket worker who launched her own dog grooming salon after facing redundancy is celebrating the expansion of her business.

Michelle Dixon, of Bingham, Nottinghamshire, started grooming dogs in 2014 and operated from home until finding she was having to turn down business due to her lack of capacity.

In March she set up her own shop, Hurley’s, in West Bridgford, and now employs two people, with the hopes of bringing on at least one more as the company’s expansion continues.

THE RIGHT TIME

The 29-year-old, who has been nominated in Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards 2018 in the New Business of the Year category, said: “It was great to bring other people on board to meet expectations, and there’s room for one more, but we’re just trying to master this shop first and run it as a laid-back salon. I want to build it well and build it slowly.

“Expanding was something I’d thought about for a while and it just seemed like the right time. There was room for it to grow naturally and now we're doing that slowly but surely.”

Hurley’s has now made the move to its own branded content as well as stocking retail products for customers.

She also runs Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs, which helps dogs to play a role in their owner’s weddings. “It’s such a surprise to be nominated,” she told Nottinghamshire Live of her nomination. “It’s always so nice to get that kind of recognition.”