"I think the benefits of being a Trusted Trader are that potential customers are given peace of mind knowing that you’ve been thoroughly checked out by the county council and they can see you are a legitimate business.
"Customers trust me to take care of their pets, who are part of their family. It’s a really big deal for people to leave their much-loved pets in the care of someone else. Knowing that the person they choose has had their credentials checked by the county council and been allowed to join the scheme does give that peace of mind.
"Dog walking isn’t regulated in Derbyshire. I want my customers to know I don’t cut corners and take risks with their pets. I feel proud to display the Trusted Trader logo on my van, advertising and paperwork.
"I would encourage other businesses to join the scheme also. It doesn’t take long to send your information over to the county council by email and to be approved."