Eaton Bray pet-sitting company Nina’s Nannies for Pets has received a business boost from TV’s Dragons’ Den star Theo Papitis.
Nina Cole and her husband Doug, of Cantilupe Close, started the business in 1998 after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she suffered a brain haemorrhage six months later.
Nina, 58, said: “Our life- changing events spurred us to follow our dream of working with animals. I formed the business to enable pets to stay within their own homes while their owners were away and as an alternative to kennels and catteries.”
Nina took to social media to tweet Theo about her business during Small Business Sunday, an initiative set up by the entrepreneur.
He re-tweeted her message and as a result Nina’s Nannies has gained more than 7,000 followers on Twitter and has been profiled on a new website, www.theopaphitissbs.com, exclusively for Small Business Sunday winners.
Nina said: “It is important to have support from Theo. We are over the moon to be recognised for our hard work.
“I hope the recognition will help promote animal welfare and encourage more people to adore their pets.
“We cover the south of the country and have just expanded to include the Devon area as well as Dorset, Hampshire, London, Sussex, Surrey and the Home Counties.
“We are always looking to expand our busy team, who are mainly retired people and couples.”