Sophie Gates has a passion for business and a love of animals so she combined the two and founded Sophie’s Pet Care. Initially walking dogs herself, the business quickly grew and Sophie realised she needed help so took on independent dog walkers operating under her brand.
Keen to develop the business, Sophie started to add additional services such as home boarding and overnight care. The business flourished and Sophie was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards.
Deciding to start a family meant Sophie’s husband, Adam, joined the business full time and they pushed the business to the next level so it could support everyone.
It was at this point they decided to move the business into a professional environment and found 49.
Sophie says, “Being in a professional space surrounded by a brilliant support network made joining 49 a fantastic opportunity for us and this environment has boosted our productivity and increased our confidence.”
Sophie and Adam have now taken on two full-time members of staff and are excited about taking advantage of the business support from 49 to help them with their ambitious plans for the future.
Paul Sherry, Founder and CEO of 49 commented: “Sophie has a natural instinct for business and that is music to our ears here at 49. We believe we can nurture that talent and give her the business support she needs not only grow their existing company but develop new business opportunities as well.”