Whilst working for a neighbouring branch, Sophie was inspired to open a We Love Pets franchise of her own. Having always dreamed of owning her own business, and combined with her passion for animals, launching the WLP Eastbourne branch has made Sophie’s dream a reality. At 19, Sophie is the network’s youngest franchisee ever – making her a perfect spotlight for International Women’s Day.
Sophie says she was largely inspired to set up her own branch by her former manager, Yasmin Page of the WLP Bexhill-on-Sea branch. After working with Yas for nearly a year, she says the experience, “really made me believe in myself,” and “see that it is possible to achieve great things as a young person in business.” Sophie knows the advantages of being a young business owner and uses them to her benefit, like engaging with customers through social media for example (check her out! @welovepetseastbourne). When asked if she recommends going into a franchise at a young age, she says, “100%, my advice to any young people looking at becoming a franchisee is go for it.”
Sophie thinks that age is but a number, and as long as someone has the determination, drive and passion for their business, then anyone can do it. Sophie is leading the way for young, aspiring franchisees everywhere! We Love Pets is incredibly lucky to have such a strong network of successful and inspirational, female franchisees, like Sophie.