My Best Friend

My dog is my best friend

A new dog walking and boarding business for Andover and the surrounding area has been awarded a Test Valley Borough Council Business Incentive Grant of £750.

Danielle Marshall started My Best Friend, which is one of 11 dog walking and boarding franchises in the UK, because she loves the great outdoors and noticed her desk job had made life too sedentary. For Danielle, who also happens to love dogs, with two of her own, it was the perfect business venture. My Best Friend is licensed for up to 6 dogs (including Danielle’s 2 dogs).

Danielle said:

I love being outdoors and my career in finance was very much a desk job. ‘My Best Friend’ franchise gives me the opportunity to be outdoors more and help out dog owners with boarding and walks. I was told about the Business Incentive Grant by the council’s Animal Welfare Officer and councillor Flood and I am so pleased to be offered the financial support for my new business.

Anna ward councillor Coole said:

The grant schemes are a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to set up new business initiatives in Test Valley and enables us to offer a wider range of services for our local community. I am delighted that Danielle has been successful in her grant application and wish her every success in her new business venture and I am sure it will be popular with dog owners in the area.

The council’s £750 Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own full-time business in Test Valley. Anyone who successfully applies for the grant will receive £750 if their business is still going strong 6 months later. These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and the use of the New Homes Bonus.

Photo: Councillor Coole and Danielle Marshall

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