Brook Park Farm Cattery goes from strength to strength after cat lovers buy the business with a funding package from Finance Wales and NatWest
Brook Park Farm Cattery in Flintshire is celebrating a
successful first year under new ownership.
Experienced business owners and cat lovers
Gill Davies and Catherine Owens spotted the business opportunity
when the cattery’s previous owners retired.
Since taking over, the new owners have looked
after over 1,100 cats as well as a small number of rabbits and
Both long-term Brook Park Farm customers, the
pair have focused their efforts on increasing marketing activities
since buying the business and a new website is due to be launched
Brook Park Farm’s high standards, the levels
of care it offered as well as its facilities impressed Gill and
Catherine as customers and they have maintained high standards
since taking over.
“Catherine and I were regular Brook Park Farm
customers for years before we bought the business. Its previous
owners were cat lovers who’d worked hard to build up the business’
reputation as a caring and special place for cats and small
animals. Our first year has gone well and we’re planning to
build on this in future.
“We’ve been able to turn our passion for cats
into a business and we’re both very pleased with our new lifestyle.
The funding we received from Finance Wales and NatWest enabled us
to buy the business and also make some key investments which are
now paying dividends,” Gill explained.
Brook Park Farm is a ‘home from home’ for cats
with accommodation designed to keep them happy and entertained
during their stay. Each room has an individual thermostat as
well as a secure, outdoor roaming area.
Local vets happily recommend it and customers
travel from as far as Liverpool and Anglesey to bring their cats to
Congratulating Gill and Catherine on a
successful first year, Finance Wales Investment Executive, Svetlana
Goode said: “Gill and Catherine have bought a successful
established business and they’re passionate about building on its
excellent reputation. They’re both experienced business
owners and since purchasing the business in 2014 they’ve
implemented a clear growth strategy, which has boosted their loyal
customer base and increased turnover.
“The funding package from Finance Wales and
NatWest complemented their own capital to fund the purchase and has
also enabled them to focus on the future and their plans to grow
the business and introduce new services.”
Gill and Catherine are proud to be licensed by
the Kennel and Cattery Association and approved by Flintshire
NatWest relationship manager Hugh Downer said:
“When Gill and Catherine approached NatWest last year they had a
strong business plan and a clear passion to move into this sector.
We were pleased to be able to provide a loan to help them purchase
the cattery and to signpost them to Finance Wales for further
funding to bring their ambitions to fruition.
“It’s great to see the business continue to go
from strength to strength and we look forward to continuing to work
with Gill and Catherine as they implement their plans for the
Owners are spending increasing amounts on
their pets each year and the UK pet industry is booming, with
spending on pets in the UK expected to reach a record £4.6bn in
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