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  1. Welcome to The Pigfather!

    FB_IMG_1531739139089We a family specialising in providing a Unique Micro Pig Experience! Our Micro Pigs, also known as Miniature Pigs or Mini Pigs, are our special pets and travel with us to Children’s and Adults’ Birthday Parties, Schools and Nurseries, Festivals and Fairs, Weddings and Anniversaries, to name but a few.  They have even starred in Media Productions! 

    Mikey, Sunny and Connie are our 3 young show mini pigs and more piglets will be joining The Pigfather very soon. Collectively, they have made many children happy, taught them that not all pigs are “dirty, smelly and fat”, and showed them that they are intelligent beings with different personalities who love to be sociable and with love and care, will become great pets.

    How did it all begin? 

    Well, for many years I devoted my working life to caring for sick and injured farm, exotic, domestic and wild animals all across the UK. I had amazing opportunities to be working alongside rhinos, lions, giraffes, tigers and many other wild animals at West Midland Safari Park and Cotswolds Safari Park; treating injured and orphaned seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary; wildfowl, foxes, hedgehogs, bats and other wildlife at the RCPCA Stapely Grange Wildlife Hospital as well as looking after domestic animals such as horses, ponies, cats and dogs. My adventures didn’t end there and soon I was helping the keepers at London Zoo reptile house to feed, clean and handle a variety of snakes, lizards, alligators and crocodiles and other reptiles as well as assisted the resident veterinary nurse to nurture the sick animals there. My life journey continued and after more wonderful experiences at a variety of farms from lambing, dairy to pig farming, I trained as a RCVC Certified Veterinary Nurse and worked for a few years in several hospitals across the country treating domestic and wild animals. This taught me a lot of compassion to all creatures, great and small, and respect to all living creations. 

    FB_IMG_1531902420968Life is an amazing journey, but it does not always go the way we plan. So, after more than a decade of working with animals, I re-trained to become a Qualified Nurse, first visiting human patients in the community and later becoming a Practice Nursing Sister. The years of experience of looking after many ill, often dying and young people, made me realise that there were things in life that were more important than just dispensing medications or treating illnesses. Oftentimes, it was a simple smile, a hug, a loving touch or a listening ear, that made people feel better, loved and valued. It was always my aim to help people feel better emotionally and this made me truly happy. 

    Years later, after more studies to achieve my MSc qualification and after having a family of my own and getting three little pigs as pets for our children, I realised once again, that I wanted to bring happiness to people through offering therapeutic visits with our micro pigs as a healing therapy. The idea for The Pigfather was born at the end of 2017! Fast forward, in 2018 Mikey and Sunny, our two Mini Pigs, became the UK’s First Therapy Pigs, and they are currently in training! 

    2018 has been an amazing year for The Pigfather. From being in an online newspaper article, and numerous visits to parties, fairs, schools and nurseries, to filming the whole day with Sunny for a Commercial Shoot, we have now been nominated for The Family Network Business Recognition Award 2019 as a New/Start up business! Thank you to this amazing group (both East and West Surrey) for all their wonderful support, encouragement and guidance!

    We are now looking forward to conquering more heights with our piggies in the New 2019 Year, bringing smiles, laughter, love and education to all those in need of pet therapy!

    Thank you for reading. 

    With warmest regards,


    Website: www.thepigfather.co.uk

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  2. work-from-homeMany of our franchisees opt for starting a franchise because they want to leave the corporate world behind and build a business for themselves. They’re tired of commuting, working long hours and not having time spare for the activities they enjoy. Owning a franchise eliminates all of these elements and, an Auditel franchise allows franchisees to build a business from home. 

    For anyone looking to leave employment behind and build a business for themselves, running a franchise from home could be the solution and offer a welcome change away from long years of commuting and not having a desired lifestyle. Starting a franchise from home is an option that many take because it lowers the initial business start-up costs. With no need for staff or office premises, working from home can help you to increase profitability quickly. 

    Here are just a few benefits of working from home: 

    1. No commute 

    The average daily commute for a UK employee is 75 minutes. That’s nearly an extra working week per month! Many franchisees choose to open an Auditel franchise because it can be run from home. Cutting this time out is one of the biggest benefits of working from home. You can then use this time to focus on the activities you enjoy and having a much better lifestyle. 

    “MY main reason for joining Auditel was that I didn’t want to commute anymore! When I started the franchise, my three children were very young and I wanted to be around more for them. I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny!” Chris Bourke, Auditel franchisee. 

    1. Flexible working hours 

    Another huge advantage of working from home is that you are no longer tied to normal working hours. As long as you complete the work, it can be done at any time to suit you. If you need to take an afternoon off, you can work in the evenings to make up the time. 

    Working from home gives you much greater flexibility and, without the time spent commuting, you will find that your productivity levels are increased. 

    Running a home-based Auditel consultancy means you can take back control of your life and set yourself free from long and unpredictable working hours. And because you’re working for yourself, every hour you put into your business will be rewarded. 

    “I enjoy the flexibility of being able to take time off if I need to and being able to take holidays when it’s convenient for me, although I’m always in touch with colleagues and clients,” Gillian Gibbon, Auditel franchisee. 

    1. Low overheads 

    Working from home cuts the costs of office space and the bills that come with it. This means that you are more likely to become profitable sooner than if you were to operate from an office premises. 

    Not only does working from home give you flexibility personally, it will also provide you with flexibility in your business. When operating from an office space, your business capacity is limited to the office. Working from home allows you to hire more or fewer staff or work longer or shorter hours to suit your business operation.

    1. Less risk 

    Running a business from home takes much less investment and once you’re business is up and running, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location. Plus, you can expand and decrease as is required by your workload. 

    You can gradually grow the business from home and build a reputation in your area. Should you decide to expand, you’ll know that you have a large enough customer base to allow you to cover the costs of the premises. 

    1. A better lifestyle 

    You will be able to enjoy a much better lifestyle when these other benefits take effect. With no commute, you’ll have more spare time and, being at home, you can be around your family on a much more regular basis. 

    Many of our franchisees fit their working hours in around the activities they enjoy and visiting children at important school events such as sports day and school plays. 

    Running an Auditel franchise will help you to achieve both business and personal goals. 

    daryndodge02“Giving up a lucrative job when you have a young family is a big decision and I knew I had to get it right. So, I sat down and made a list. It was a list of personal goals, such as wanting a change of lifestyle, wanting to take control of my own destiny, wanting to spend more time with my family and so on. I still look at this list from time to time, just to make sure I don’t lose sight of why I’m doing what I do,” Daryn Dodge, Auditel franchisee