Tina hopes she’s not barking up the wrong tree

Tina Young, the Barking Mad franchisee  Henry, a black Labrador .
Tina Young, the Barking Mad franchisee Henry, a black Labrador .

A Northumberland woman who set up a home-from-home petcare service is in the running to win a national accolade.

Tina Young, who launched the East and North Northumberland franchise of Barking Mad in 2005, has been shortlisted for the Micro-Business Award at the HSBC British Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers

The category showcases the excellent business practice carried out by the nation’s smaller franchises.

In total, there are 19 finalists across a range of categories. The winners will be announced during a black-tie ceremony in Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday, October 2.

The most outstanding franchisee will be crowned Franchisee of the Year at the awards, alongside the category winners.

The overall winner of the British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award will win £10,000. Each category winner will receive £1,000, all courtesy of HSBC.

Earlier this year, Tina, from Guyzance, proved she was top dog when she won the Barking Mad Franchisee of the Year Award.

With the help of her team – Carol Ann Grey, Colin Heathcote and new administrator Jenny Beaumont – she hopes to increase turnover in 2015 by 35 per cent.

Visit barkingmad.uk.com/franchisees/north umberland/ for more details.