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Dog lovers groomed for success.

Two animal enthusiasts have started tails wagging by setting up their own dog grooming business in Houghton-le-Spring.

Paula Thompson and Sylvia Longstaff have opened Doggy Style's Grooming Studio after completing the National Entrepreneur Scholarship (NES) programme, a nationwide scheme held at Sunderland University of and the North East of England Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).

Ms Thompson, a former hairdresser, and Ms Longstaff, who previously worked in retail, set up the business in New Herrington after working for the same pet grooming parlour.

Their love of animals coupled with their wish to be their own bosses led the pair to the NES programme where they learnt the practical business skills they needed to use their experience productively.

An important first step in starting-up the business was the task of finding premises and the business partners have now successfully transformed a derelict DIY shop.

Shirley Hermiston, business support manager at the BIC, said: "With the commitment of both Sylvia and Paula, I'm confident that Doggy Style's will be a great success."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2003
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