The concept for Barking Beauties was established in late 2008 by Ashley after establishing her skills as a veterinary nurse at a Sydney Vet Hospital. Ashley decided that she enjoyed the grooming side of her job more than the sick and injured animals, as this was a much more fun and exciting experience than dealing with the sad families who had lost a beloved pet. It was then that Ashley embarked on the journey of opening her own business in partnership with her mother, Kim.
This small family owned and run business opened in Revesby in January 2009 and has been enjoying success ever since.
In April 2009 the business was nominated as a finalist in the Bankstown Business Awards as an Outstanding New Business. This was voted by our customers who enjoy our friendly customer service and the high quality of our work. In conjunction with this award, Ashley was also nominated as a finalist in the category of Outstanding Youth award in the Bankstown Business Awards for her entrepreneurship and tremendous contribution to the success of Barking Beauties.
In September 2009 the business was nominated as a finalist in the Canterbury Bankstown Business Achiever Awards in the categories of Best New Business and Best Specialty Store. These were also voted by our customers who enjoy our friendly customer service and the high quality of our work.
On 16 October 2009, Barking Beauties was announced as the winner of New Business in the Canterbury Bankstown Business Achiever Awards. We are thrilled to have been given this honour, beating many worthy businesses.
In November 2010, our business was nominated as a finalist in the following categories at the 2010 Canterbury-Bankstown Business Achiever Awards: Energy Efficiency, Employee Excellence, Specialty Store, Community Contribution and Local Business of the Year. That makes us in the top 5 business in the area for each of these categories. We are very proud of this achievement.
Since then we have also won the award for Best Pet Care in the Canterbury Bankstown Business Achiever Awards.
In April 2012 Barking Beauties extended it’s reach and opened a second dog grooming salon in Leumeah (Campbelltown) where we have now built an extensive client list and continue to grow and thrive.
Collectively between the two salons we now have a team of over 20 team members who work as groomers, bathers and receptionists. All of our groomers have been trained in house and have usually started as entry level team members and worked their way up from there.
We really strive to provide high quality dog grooming and pet care services and to be a contributing part of the community.
Renai started at Barking Beauties in October 2009 and worked her way up from a bather to a groomer and owner of the business. She loves to travel and so far has travelled to 32 countries with many more on her list. Most importantly she loves to spend time with her little Shih Tzu's - Duke and Duchess.
Bree became a part of our team in October 2015 and has continued to excel as a casual bather and receptionist within the salon. Bree holds a Certificate II in Animal Studies. At home, Bree has a Labradoodle named Ziggy. In her spare time she loves to watch movies, read, hang out with her friends and spend time with her dog 24/7!
Pia joined our team in May 2017 as a Saturday bather while she completes her high school studies. Pia has an amazing love for animals and is living out her dream getting to work with them. In her spare time Pia likes to hang out with friends, watch videos on YouTube and relax.