Ex-Co-op duo make move to dream job

Groomed to perfection: Julie Pope and Dianne Macdonald with Rogue the dog.
Groomed to perfection: Julie Pope and Dianne Macdonald with Rogue the dog.

There was no time to ‘paws’ for thought for a couple who were left jobless after Ilkeston’s Co-op department store closed earlier this year.

For Dianne Macdonald and Julie Pope used the opportunity to set up a dream dog-grooming business, based in the conservatory of their Kirk Hallam home – and they say they are happier than ever.

Julie was made redundant two days before her 40th birthday after more than 24 years at the South Street store – most recently in electrical goods.

“We were pretty devastated,” said Dianne, 45, who worked in the nursery department for seven years.

“For Julie it was especially daunting – we all had a cry.”

Dianne said it had always been partner Julie’s dream to work with animals and the pair have two much-loved pooches.

So the plan quickly formed to start Scruffalicious.

“It’s just fantastic,” added Dianne.

“We are going to have a chain of shops one day!

“We are really enjoying it – I can honestly say we’ve never been happier.”

Their training was provided by a working dog groomer in Long Eaton and the couple now have all the qualifications required to be professional groomers hanging on the wall of their St Norbert Drive home.

They are set to receive a helping hand from Ilkeston-based regeneration agency Erewash Partnership, which will assist them in setting up a website.

“We hadn’t a clue where to start with a website, so that was fantastic,” said Dianne.

Their conservatory is now fully kitted out and ready to start taking bookings very soon.