Homesitters honoured with awards for exceptional home and pet sitting services

Homesitters Ltd, the UK’s leading home and pet sitting company is thrilled to announce they have won two prestigious awards this year; SME News 2024 Business Elite Awards[i] for ‘Best Home & Pet Sitting Company 2024 in the UK’ and South England Prestige Awards 2023/2024[ii] for ‘Home & Pet Sitting Service of the Year’.

They were also placed third in the Dog Friendly Awards 2023[iii] in the ‘Day Care & Sitters’ category, and have just been shortlisted in the 2024 Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards[iv] in the ‘Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year’ category in the South East with the winners to be announced on 18 November at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, often referred to as the “Grammys of Entrepreneurship,” celebrates the achievements of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative businesses. Each year, the awards receive thousands of applications, underscoring the competitive nature and high standard of the competition.

This year’s shortlist showcases a combined turnover of nearly £2.9 billion and employs approximately 20,000 people, highlighting the critical role these businesses play in driving economic growth and innovation. Previous winners include the founders of BrewDog, MyEnergi, Zilch, Grenade, and ClearScore, who have gone on to become household names.

Ben Irvine, Director of Operations at Homesitters Ltd said, “We are incredibly honoured to have won these awards and to be shortlisted in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our homesitters and we are grateful to everyone that has supported us over the years.”

Homesitters Ltd provide a live-in home and pet sitting service while homeowners are away, ensuring the security and maintenance of their homes and looking after any beloved pets within their familiar home environment. One of the unique things about Homesitters is that unlike similar companies, all its home and pet sitters are employees.

Assignments vary in duration, from just a few days to several weeks. While dogs and cats are the most common pets that homesitters care for, they also look after a diverse array of animals, including poultry, horses, sheep, potbellied pigs, llamas, and even more exotic pets such as tortoises, spiders, snakes, and aquarium or garden pond fish.

Ben Irvine adds, “With travel back to pre-pandemic levels we are busier than ever and are currently recruiting new homesitters. It’s a great role for animal lovers, keen to explore new parts of the UK meeting new people and having new experiences. Although most don’t do it for the financial gain, it does provide a small income and people save on their own bills when on assignments too.

“Ideal candidates are responsible and reliable people, who are good listeners, readily available through the year, and sensitive to our clients’ requirements. Proven pet-care skills and a genuine affinity for animals are a bonus. We encourage those interested in working for a friendly, supportive and award-winning home and pet sitting company to apply.”

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About Homesitters Ltd

Homesitters Ltd was established in 1980 and is now the UK’s leading nationwide live-in home and pet sitting company, available throughout the year. It has looked after 100,000 plus bookings and has an extensive network of employees throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

All homesitters are meticulously vetted and are conscientious, sensible and responsible homeowners. Many have been pet owners and have experience looking after all different types of animals. It’s tantamount to the outstanding reputation and professionalism of the company that 70% of new clients re-book with Homesitters within two years and many have been clients since the 1980s.