Business Thinking Scotland and Northern Ireland winner: Vets Now

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Subsequent its nomination as a Scotland and Northern Ireland regional finalist and Thought Trade check out to Paris Vets Now has been declared a regional winner in the HSBC Organization Pondering initiative.

In just ten years, Vets Now has constructed the largest nationwide United kingdom community of out-of-hours veterinary petcare vendors.

Now the company’s founder Richard Dixon wants to produce the organization additional, increasing its network of five specialist referral centres and venturing overseas for the first time.

Mr Dixon states the Scotland and Northern Ireland Enterprise Contemplating award of lending of up to £6m and a financial reward of up to £120,000 will assist fund this development.

“We’re all completely thrilled,” he explained. “We understood the opposition was extreme and the far more we learnt about the opponents, the more we realised how fantastic some of these firms are. We feel really lucky to have come out on top.

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“I’m also delighted for the crew since they have labored really hard, not just in pulling together operate for the competitors but in developing the organization in the past 10 a long time.”

Vets Now, which has its head office in Dunfermline, now has 52 procedures throughout the Uk, getting above the premises of regional vets following hours and supplying treatment to their clients as effectively as pet homeowners advised to Vets Now by practices that function normal several hours.

Founded ten years ago, the company treats more than one hundred twenty,000 pets a calendar year and expects to grow turnover from £27m to about £30m this year.

Mr Dixon would like to grow the expert referrals facet of the company, which demands products or expertise not standard in common follow, this kind of as difficult inside medicine or intricate orthopaedic medical procedures, from its five internet sites in Swindon, Reading, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The organization is in the final levels of deciding on its overseas technique. “We have narrowed it down to two groups,” explained Mr Dixon.

“There are the mature marketplaces in westernised nations around the world where the strategy to animals is comparable to the British isles. Then there are speedily-growing territories this kind of as China, India and Brazil where the strategy to petcare is very diverse but establishing quite speedily.

“We’re heading to have to narrow that down and determine which to target on. We cannot do the two of people straight absent.”