Local businesswoman to take on McDonalds for national award

By Anita Jaynes on 2 April, 2015

Swindon businesswoman Hilary Coates faces stiff competition after being listed as a finalist for New Franchisee of the Year at the National 2015 EWIF (Encouraging Women in to Franchising) Awards. Hilary, who runs Swindon based dog boarding business Wagging Tails, is one of three finalists for the Award and is up against franchisees from national fast food chain McDonalds and bookkeepers Rosemary Bookkeeping. 

Hilary launched her Wagging Tails franchise in April 2014 giving dogs in the Swindon area their very own holiday when their owners are away. Guest dogs stay in the homes of specially selected carers, all of whom are experienced dog owners, licensed by their local councils and fully insured.  

Hilary’s service has received huge demand with a many owners in the area using Wagging Tails for their dog’s holiday. Mike, a dog owner from Swindon who has used the service commented,

“We can’t speak highly enough of the excellent service received from Hilary and the care given to Monty by Steve and Teresa. They made him very welcome in their home and we genuinely believe his holiday was every bit as good as ours”. 

Hilary attributes the success of the business to the focus she places on the welfare and individual needs of each dog placed in Wagging Tails care.

“We spend a lot of time finding out about each dog who stays with us to ensure they have the most enjoyable holiday possible. Our aim is to ensure that our owners can go away and enjoy their break knowing that their dog is having a great holiday too and remove the stress often associated with leaving your dog behind in a kennel. 

To be nominated for an award for doing something that is so rewarding is fantastic and to be in the company of a globally recognised brand like McDonalds is incredible. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!!”

The 2015 Award winners will be announced at the EWIF Awards Ceremony which takes place on Tuesday 12th May at the RBS Building, London.