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insideKENT’s Small Businesses for April

Jess Marshall sets tails wagging with this month’s round-up of Kent’s small entrepreneurs


Tails of Hythe


Sam Poil loves dogs, in fact she has owned German Shepherds pretty much her entire life. So it almost felt natural that after the birth of her second child, and while grooming her own pooch she had her eureka moment; a Kent based dog grooming service that combined her love of man’s best friend with her ambition. A lot of research, and a few qualifications later Tails of Hythe Dog Grooming was born. Forever a hard worker, Sam has worked day and night to establish her business within the local community and it seems that her dedication to marketing, customer service and her doggie clients has paid off, as her services are now booked up for weeks in advance. For those looking to emulate Sam’s business success she had a few tips to help along the way, most important of which was to ‘Think outside the box, do something that your competitors aren’t doing.’ Making yourself stand out in such a competitive industry is no mean feat, but Sam managed to do just that when she started making videos of her grooms for social media – customers loved it, and have been queuing out the door with their pups ever since!

Instagram / Facebook @tailsofhythedoggrooming

Little Farmers Club


Growing up on their family farm had a profound impact on Amy and Lucy Bradley, not only did it instill an appreciation for the countryside in them, it also helped them understand how food reached our plates. Knowing how rare their childhood experience was, they decided they wanted to help educate the younger generation, and so started their business life offering school workshops that brought farming fun into children’s classrooms around the UK. When 2020 hit, Amy and Lucy decided to take the plunge and launch Little Farmers Club. A company that aims to inspire children to learn about farming, healthy living and sustainability through at-home activity boxes, in-depth school workshops and farm visits. A love for agriculture, a talent for teaching and a passion for working with children have got the sisters making the business game look easy. With plans to launch their first ever physical site on the horizon, we asked Amy and Lucy if there was one moment that really made them fall in love with their work. They happily replied; ‘Witnessing the sheer delight of a child who’s grown his first potato before racing to show his parents.’

Instagram: @littlefarmersclubuk 

Not For Humans Boutique


In the summer of 2018, Debbie Convery’s beloved dog Brenda went missing. Distraught, Debbie enlisted the people of Folkestone to help in the search and thankfully Brenda was found and brought home. But the experience had sparked an idea in the then retail manager, having always been an advocate of shopping local, she decided to open a one of a kind pet shop dedicated to all our Kentish furry friends, a shop Debbie aptly named; Not For Humans Boutique. Having worked in retail for almost two decades, not much fases Debbie when it comes to the business, and she has some insightful advice for those looking to follow in her footsteps: ‘Good customer service will breed more customers, poor customer service will spread like wildfire.’ When we asked Debbie what her goals were for Not For Humans Boutique going forward, she explained that her shop showcases and supports many local creatives, and that her aim is to continue adding new, sustainable and unique products to her shelves. Most would call what Debbie does the best job in the world – and she vehemently agrees! ‘What is not to love about being every dog’s friend?’ 

Instagram: @notforhumans_petboutique

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