Rags and Bert’s: Fetching Fun for the Dogs of Berkshire

Reading Business Celebrates Opening of New Kennel Facility.

Reading based business Rags and Bert’s, which caters for all canine needs in a fun, safe environment is set for growth after securing a £30,000 loan from Thames Valley Berkshire Pre-Revenue Commercialisation Loan Scheme.

Set up in 2016, Rags and Bert’s offers a wide range of services including, Doggy Day Care, an overnight stay at the luxurious Dog Hotel, dog grooming and training and behavioural classes. The company opened their doors earlier this year, with the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art centre, based on the Loverock Road Industrial Estate. With the business growing at a fast pace and with numerous happy pooches, Rags and Bert’s are expanding their offering with the opening of a new kennel facility.

Julia O’Gorman, Managing Director at Rags & Bert’s comments, “Rags & Bert’s lives by the moto ‘where dogs play and stay’ and our dedicated, spacious 3000 square foot facility is the perfect place for your canine buddy. I came up with the idea of Rags and Bert’s whilst living in California and have modelled the business on the USA style of doggy daycare. What we offer is an alternative to dog walkers, with all dogs being looked after and entertained under one roof. The funding comes at an exciting time for us as we look to scale up the business with the opening of our kennels facility later this week. The luxury kennels will enable us to house 16 dogs overnight in a safe and fun environment”

Cheryl Weeks, Fund Manager at The FSE Group, which manages the TVB Pre-Revenue Commercialisation Loan Scheme on behalf of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), comments: “Julia and her team of Pack Leaders have a wealth of experience and qualifications in animal health and care. This coupled with their state of the art facility, makes us believe that this is the perfect company to be supported through our new Pre-Revenue Commercialisation Loan Scheme. We are delighted to be supporting the company and wish them all the success for the future.”

The TVB Pre-Revenue Commercialisation Loan Scheme is part of the TVB Funding Escalator, a £8.3m initiative funded by Thames Valley Berkshire LEP. The escalator, which also includes a Post-Revenue Commercialisation Loan Scheme, an Expansion Loan Scheme and a Growth Equity Fund, provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding between £25,000 and £250,000 for activities that will deliver high-growth and employment opportunities.

For more information about the TVB Funding Escalator please visit http://www.thefsegroup.com/thames-valley-berkshire-funding-escalator/ or contact Cheryl Weeks at cheryl.weeks@thefsegroup.com tel: 07866 835143.