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25/08/2015

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 guinea pigs.

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 this month.

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 the cattery.

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 County Council.

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 future.”

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 2015.

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