Ashton business has paw-some idea with dog shower

AN ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE firm is leading the way when it comes to clean dogs by developing the UK’s first domestic shower for pets.

Fabricon Design, based at The Wellington Centre on Whitelands Road, has created the Incredible Dog Shower.

Rebecca Lee, project and compliance manager, had the idea when her daughter bought a cockapoo puppy four years ago and she realised there was a gap in the market.

She convinced managing director, Mark Bushdyhan of its merits and thought a key selling point would be its easy installation – no plumber required.

The Incredible Dog Shower – CREDIT GM Business Growth Hub Fabricon Design Ltd.

Now the product can produce perfectly clean pooches, with fewer footprints left on carpets.

Rebecca said: “Taking him out for walks was brilliant, arriving back home less so.

“There’d be the rigmarole of bringing him through the house and up the stairs to the bathroom, and then trying to clean his paws.

“I’d look at the state of the carpets, walls and furniture afterwards and there’d be a trail of destruction.

“The alternative was to hose him down outside, which was unpleasant for both of us.

“My vision was for something that could be installed by anyone – in the same way that you don’t need a plumber to fit a washing machine – and seamlessly integrated into homes alongside other appliances and sinks.

“Fortunately, Mark saw the potential in the benefits of a dog shower. He has previous experience in design and patenting bathroom adaptation equipment, which we manufacture today.”

Yvonne Grady, GM Business Growth Hub Head of Innovation – CREDIT GM Business Growth Hub Fabricon Design Ltd.

Fabricon Design Ltd delivers aluminium, plastics and steel component designs to a variety of sectors. Some of its previous work involved designing cashless gambling kiosk desks, innovative airport lighting and unique stair lifts.

Rebecca credits part of the success of the product to the GM Business Growth Hub, which provides support and expertise to local business across Greater Manchester.

That helped her access a £15,000 Innovate UK EDGE Grant to bring her product to market as well as helping with market research.

Innovate UK introduced Rebecca to a bespoke mentorship scheme with Amazon and Made Smarter UK.

She added: “The Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub was the first stepping stone. Through them I was put in touch with Innovate UK EDGE, where we were able to access funding and connect with the National Composite Centre for composite design support, as well as also being recommended for a wonderful mentoring scheme.

“Finally, once the design and development had finished, the Hub helped us bring the dog shower to market. I can’t thank all the team enough, they are amazing!”

GM Business Growth Hub’s head of innovation, Yvonne Grady, said: “We have loved working with Rebecca, Mark and the team at Fabricon Design Ltd, who have shown passion, dedication and strong commitment to this project, which is going to benefit millions of dog owners, not just in Ashton and Greater Manchester but in the UK and further afield too.

“It’s truly a game-changer, allowing dog owners to wash their dog in an easy and practical way, without having to use much larger, more difficult facilities.

“Thank you to the team at Fabricon for coming up with the idea and for pursuing it.

“The Growth Hub helps businesses across Greater Manchester in a range of sectors develop innovative solutions. If you’ve got an idea and need help to make maximum impact, we are here to support you.”

Find out more about the Incredible Dog Shower and how to purchase at https://incredibledogshower.co.uk/. For more information on GM Business Growth Hub, visit https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/.

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