A Cirencester woman is eschewing the old adage that you should never work with children or animals by changing careers from childminding to dog grooming.
Stephanie Mansfield was a childminder before she fell ill with long Covid last Christmas.
“I couldn’t even look after my own children,” she said.
By the time she was better her daughter had started playgroup and was enjoying it, prompting Stephanie to consider a change of career.
Stephanie was deciding what to do when she was better when her sister-in-law, who owns three dog grooming salons in Cheshire, agreed to help her set one up of her own.
And using money inherited from her uncle following his death two years ago, Stephanie has founded Cotswold Canine Care.
The salon, based on Ashcroft Road, had its grand opening on Saturday (September 17).
Visitors were treated to Prosecco and cupcakes, while dog treats were available for guests of the canine variety.
“It went really well,” said Stephanie.
“It’s nice to be doing something in the town I have been in all my life.
“I have grown up here. Being poorly and having the money from my uncle made it happen.
At the moment Stephanie is running the business on her own, but hopes it will be successful enough for her to be able to hire another member of staff.
“I’m almost fully booked for my first week already,” she said ahead of the opening.
“I’ve fit the salon out for two people so as soon as I’m busy enough I can hire someone.”
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