Just over a year after being turned down by members of the Dragons Den team, husky ride business owners Vickie Pullin and Chantelle Goddard-Jones have announced plans to expand.
Even though the TV dragons rejected their request for £100,000 in return for a 20 per cent stake in their Arctic Quest business, the pair say they have worked hard and made good progress since.
And it has led to the creation of a second business, K9 Quest, which will be based at a site in Fleet Lane, Bredon’s Hardwick, near Tewkesbury.
Vickie, Chantelle and a new member of staff, Russ Penwell, will continue to run Arctic Quest at the nearby Croft Farm Water Park.
The new business will be a pet training centre and grooming salon and will be run by two other new members of the team.
Vickie, a member of the British sleddog team and the resident husky expert on Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers, will officially cut the tape for the grand opening after arriving by dog sled.
She said she would be happy to talk about her racing adventures and the forthcoming World Dryland Championships in Canada.
Vickie said of her new venture: “Every business is a risk and a gamble, especially when someone with the expertise of the dragons knocks you back, but I don’t live my life with what ifs.
“We have a great team in place who are as committed as I am to providing the very best.”
The 30-year-old said Arctic Quest had always made education and training a high priority. She said it had run a training weekend in March called Huskyfest for novice husky owners and had pioneered bringing in codes of conduct for organisations working with sled dogs.
This summer, she and 48-year-old Chantelle ran the first junior handlers course for youngsters to learn all about responsible dog ownership and training.
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