A MUM who was made redundant and decided to set up her own pet care company in Crosby has been given a national award.
Sharren Redmond, who runs Petpals Sefton, was recognised by the Great British Franchisee Awards (GBFA) for her successful firm.
Mother-of-two, Sharren, is especially delighted with receiving the award, considering the hardship she faced before starting her business.
She said: “I spent over 20 years implementing vital cybersecurity and digital forensic software for the police, but in 2018 I was suddenly made redundant.
“Nothing can prepare you for the impact of redundancy - especially when you have spent so much time in one sector.
“At this point, I started writing down ideas for my new career, and pet care quickly became top of my list.
“I’ve always cared about pets. I used to volunteer at the local animal shelter and according to my parents I was always going to ‘live on my own with ten dogs’.”
Since launching at the end of 2018, Sharren and her expert team have supported pet owners across Sefton and the surrounding area, offering services such as dog walks and pet taxis to deal with the massive increase in demand for pet services locally.
She added: “Despite the impact of the pandemic I’ve built a successful business in less than five years. I now have a fleet of vans outside of my house, and it’s amazing to have built something so significant.
“In 2021, we went on over 3,500 dog walks, and carried out over 600 cat visits in the Sefton area. Winning a GBFA award is a fantastic accomplishment, and I know this is just the start for Petpals Sefton.”