A dog walking and sitting business in Andover has been awarded a £750 Business Incentive Grant.
Four Paws has been set up by Caitlin Robinson, who lives in Andover and decided to start her own business when asked if she knew anyone who walked dogs professionally. Now, her business has been given a cash boost from Test Valley Borough Council.
Caitlin said it was her love of animals that made her want to start up a business at only 19, as she knows what she is passionate about and wants to do.
She said: “I am really enthusiastic about dogs, they have always been a passion of mine and I’m very grateful to the council for giving me the grant because it will make a big difference in helping my business grow.
“I’ve got a lot of experience when it comes to furry friends, including walking my grandfather’s dogs and my auntie’s Labradors and Dachshunds.”
Anna ward councillor, Maureen Flood, said: “I am confident that Caitlin will use the grant well and will enjoy a thriving business in the future, doing work that will be no doubt be much appreciated by her community.
“I am pleased to know that she has what she needs to make a good start to her journey.”
The council’s Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Anyone who successfully applies for the grant will receive £750 if their business is still going strong six months later.
These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and use of the New Homes Bonus.