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Lorna from We Love Pets Wigan with her arm around a dog

Meet Lorna – We Love Pets Wigan

Lorna used to an RSPCA inspector until she was made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic. For Lorna, being her own boss where she can still work with animals has been a dream come true.

Why did you choose a franchise over setting up your own business?

I wanted to have the support of a network of people to help me grow my business and I felt the brand of we love pets was strong and would put me above the independent walkers. Also I’ve never run a business and would struggle with that side of things.

What did the word ‘franchise’ mean to you before you came across We Love Pets?

I thought it was where you bought a part of a business but then you were on your own so I was very surprised with how much support I’ve received from We Love Pets.

How have We Love Pets made sure you’re the right person to carry the award-winning brand forward?

From my previous experience as an RSPCA Inspector and my references also the many hours I spent talking to Ryan and my local branch Caragh.

Do you have any pets of your own?

I have two dogs a Lurcher called Rupert and a Staffie x Border terrier called Chop.

What do you love most about Wigan?

I was born and grew up in the Wigan area so it’s my home town where all my family and friends are. To me it’s my community where I am loved and supported so it fits perfect for my business to be here.

What have you done in the past that you think will help you in your new venture?

I was an RSPCA Inspector for 14 years so I worked with many dogs, cats, small domestics and exotics. I’m also in year 3 of a canine behaviour degree. As an inspector, I’ve spent most days doing social work with a variety of cultures and social issues so I feel this will help when speaking to clients from many backgrounds.

What does running a business like this mean to you?

It is the ultimate goal to have my own successful business where I can be my own boss. I’ve wanted to do this for many years and saw the perfect opportunity after being made redundant.