A lifelong love of dogs was Kim's inspiration to open her own grooming salon. She tells us, 'I became the proud owner of a pedigree poodle in 2010 which I began to breed and show. My family and friends were constantly asking me to groom their dogs.' After achieving qualifications in Dog Grooming, Kim decided to pursue her passion as a career, which is when she reached out for help.
Kim became aware of the support and facilities available to her at My Incubator, Ware, when she met with Wenta Business Advisor, Liza Armstrong. Liza assisted Kim in developing a business plan and cash flow forecast that enabled her to raise the finance required to start her business. Kim said, 'It really helped having the on-going support of my Wenta Advisor, I couldn?t have done it without her. The My Incubator facility is fantastic.'
With this help from Wenta, in June 2013, Kim proudly opened the doors of 'Glamour Groom' where she offers dogs an individual groom in a safe and secure environment. Located in Little Hadham, a rural area of East Hertfordshire, Glamour Groom provides multiple services from bathing and styling to the retailing of a wide range of health products and accessories.
In August 2013, Glamour Groom launched its first website and the business is growing steadily. As well as offering dog grooming, Kim also offers show cuts and, in the not so distant future, hopes to be able to employ staff and grow the company's retail sector.
Kim hopes to continue pleasing her customers, already offering flexible opening times to conform to their busy lifestyles. Kim also trusts that the rural location of the business enables clients to enjoy lovely walks whilst visiting the salon.
Wenta's support has enabled Kim Hope to be able to fulfil her dreams of becoming her own boss. Kim is thoroughly enjoying her working life and holds much excitement for the future.
This year, Wenta are celebrating 30 years of inspiring enterprise. They have come a long way since 1983, now with 5 business centres and 6 incubation centres across Herts and Beds, branded My Incubator. More recently, Wenta has seen the launch of My Incubator Ventures, a unique online business incubator offering expert advice to entrepreneurs whenever and wherever they require it. Wenta continue to reach, support and inspire more and more people throughout East Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.
In addition to appointments offered at the Incubator in Ware, Liza is also available to see clients in Bishop's Stortford normally on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.
Please contact our Ware office to make a booking for either location on 01992 411996. We also offer fortnightly appointments in Broxbourne and Waltham Cross for those in the Borough of Broxbourne.