£140,000 invested in new Elgin dog kennels project

An Elgin based dog groomer is expanding her business with the launch of a new £140,000 dog kennel service.

Ellen Stepney, owner of Groomlands, has launched the new service following demand from owners looking for support while they go on holiday.

With help from a business loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland, she has invested in a new building which features 11 kennel units and can potentially accommodate up to 34 dogs.

Ellen, who has a a degree in Aquaculture and has always been passionate about animals, decided to launch Groomlands five years ago as a dog grooming service.

But increasing demand from customers asking for assistance during family holidays has led to the move to create a new kennel facility.

Commenting on the move, Ellen said: “demand for our services has been strong ever since we launched the business.

“We appear to be seeing an ever increasing number of people becoming dog owners, and that includes professionals as well as families.

“But the situation becomes quite difficult for some when it comes to arranging holidays. If they want to go away on business or on holiday they need to find someone to look after their pet, where do they turn?

We have seen an increase in enquiries for such a service so we decided to invest in new, modern dog kennels.”

Ellen visited a series of sites across the UK and Europe to decide on how their site should look and have invested in a model created by an Italian manufacturer.

While operating as a sole trader just now, Ellen expects to hire two part-time members of staff next year if demand continues to grow.

Relationship Manager Michelle Anderson has advised Ellen on the project.

She said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to support Groomlands.

“This is a really useful service for dog owners in Moray and it is good to see someone with Ellen’s passion and understanding of animal care developing a business like this. We wish her the best of luck.”