A YOUNG Vale entrepreneur has embarked on her own business venture by opening up a new pet shop in Evesham.
Louise Bennett took it upon herself to create the store after she struggled to find employment relevant to her university degree in English language.
The 23-year-old undertook the New Enterprise Allowance scheme, which is run by the job centre and The Prince’s Trust and aims to give people the information and support they need to become self-employed.
“It was invaluable.” she said. “I learned business skills from local mentors with years of experience and it gave me the tools and confidence I needed to open my shop.”
As a result Louise, who is also studying for an online diploma in dog nutrition from the British College of Canine Studies, has opened the doors to The Pawfect Place on Blackminster Business Park.
The shop focuses on healthy products for animals, with natural food and chews for cats, dogs and small pets.
“We are a little shop with big values.” the University of Birmingham graduate added. “We won’t stock any products that you can find in the supermarket because we believe in offering you alternatives to the mass produced pet market.
“Good quality pet food does not mean expensive pet food.
“The response has been brilliant so far.
“People are really appreciating the personal touch I can offer, it makes them feel more confident about the choices they are making for their pets.”