Woofs n Scruffs pet grooming academy sees 1,500 graduates enter industry in Sunderland and Durham

More than 1,500 people have turned to the pet grooming industry in the Sunderland and County Durham area.

And it’s thanks to a growing company called Woofs n Scruffs that a generation of potential pet professionals have learned their trade.

The firm which started out in business in 2016 has expanded from a single branch in Seaham to five across the region including at The Stack, Seaburn, Washington and in Durham.

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But the growth doesn’t stop there.

Woofs n Scruffs has been nominated for a Sunderland Echo Business Excellence Award.

Mark and David Potts-Brown run the business and David, a director and chief hydrotherapist from Woofs N Scruffs, told the Echo: “In 2018, we expanded into vocational training, and providing grooming training to other, aspiring pet professionals in the region.

"Since the start of the academy, more than 1,500 people have had training to support their grooming journey.”

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Woofs n Scruffs offers canine rehabilitation services such as hydrotherapy, grooming, dog training, day care and retail. It employs more than 25 staff in the North East.

It has become the latest entry in the Sunderland Echo Business Excellence Awards and joins a growing list of excellent entries.

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Mark and David Potts-Brown who run Woofs n Scruffs.

Woofs n Scruffs is also a strong supporter of local worthy causes such as Sunderland Foundation of Light and Roseberry Park FC in Seaham.

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This year’s competition, now known as the Sunderland Echo Business Excellence Awards, has fantastic backers, including Sunderland City Council, who are our partners in the competition and are the headline sponsors.

Also on board are the North East BIC, Chilli Mangoes, Marelli, Wilf Husband, Harrison and Brown, and Sunderland College. We thank them all for their outstanding support.

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The awards will culminate with a finals night in November at the Stadium of Light but if you want to be in the running, get your entries in nice and early.

A happy dog at Woofs n Scruffs.
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The search has begun for this year’s contenders and we have already had an encouraging start.

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Sunderland’s businesses are among the most ambitious, innovative, and hard-working in the world but is your business the best in Wearside and County Durham? Why not enter our awards and put yourself in the running to be a winner.

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Enjoying a swim at Woofs n Scruffs.

To enter, take a look at the categories, choose the most appropriate for your business, and nominate using the link below.

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You can nominate your own firm or a company which you think deserves an accolade.

For further information and to enter, visit the awards website at www.sunderlandbusinessawards.co.uk

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Closing date for entries is Friday, September 23. Judging will take place shortly after the closing date and the shortlist will be announced in early October.

The categories:

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SME Business of the Year - (Sponsored by the North East BIC).

Happy times at Woofs n Scruffs.
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Large Business of the Year - (Sponsored by Chilli Mangoes).

Best Independent Business.

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Social Enterprise of the Year - (Sponsored by the North East BIC).

Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Business of the Year.

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Apprentice/Trainee of the Year.

Sustainable Initiative of the Year - (Sponsored by Marelli)

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Business in the Community Award.

Employer of the Year.

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Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Business of the Year (Sponsored by Sunderland City Council).

Woofs n Scruffs has been nominated for a Sunderland Echo Business Excellence award.
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A day of pampering at Woofs n Scruffs.
The Sunderland Echo Business Excellence Awards.