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New dog grooming business in Andover awarded Council grant

Happy Barks and Bubbles Dog Grooming with Sarah, in Andover, has recently received a business incentive grant of £750 from Test Valley Borough Council.

Sarah Rule decided to have a change of career and left her hospital job as a Senior Healthcare Assistant to open her new dog grooming business. She has based her new business at The Fairground in Weyhill, near Andover, in the same building as Coco’s Canine Creche. She undertook training at Sparsholt learning to groom her own dog, which prompted further training and a career change.

Sarah said, “I am pleased to receive a grant from the council, and I plan to use the grant to change the water system so that I can bathe dogs upstairs in the building where I do the grooming.”

Charlton and the Pentons ward Councillor Linda Lashbrook said: “I wish Sarah every success in her new dog grooming business. The business incentive grants are a great opportunity for new start-up businesses in Test Valley.”

Business Incentive Grants are for new businesses located in Test Valley and must be applied for before you start your business. They will be paid once you have been up and running for 6 months. Anyone starting a business can find out more and download an application form at: Business Incentive Grant | Test Valley Borough Council