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In conversation with: Bruce Casalis

Hosted in collaboration with The Inspiration Space, we were joined by entrepreneur Bruce Casalis, Founder and CEO of Bruce's Doggy Day Care, hearing how Bruce turned his one-man dog walking business in Clapham to a multi-site operation that is recognised as the UK’s leading provider in doggy daycare services.

During the 1-hour Q & A, Bruce shared his experiences and advice around forming interesting marketing strategies to help start or grow a business, what to look for when it comes to seeking out advisors and mentors and his experience with fundraising in the early days.

Bruce is a lifetime dog owner and dog lover and in 2008, Bruce Casalis set out canvassing Clapham Common with home-printed business cards and a simple survey asking dog owners their views on his new concept of dog daycare.

Soon after, he found a few acres of Surrey countryside to start turning his vision into a reality - creating a market-leading business and team along the way.

Bruce now sits on the Board of Directors for the Pet Industry Federation and has acted advisor to the likes of DEFRA, Dogs Trust, RSPCA.

About The Lightbox

The Lightbox is an award-winning charitable arts and heritage organisation with a social purpose to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of its community. Centrally located in Woking, the local gallery and museum is one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the South East.

Three stunning galleries host a huge range of exhibitions, changing regularly. They have received many awards in recognition of our work, including winning the Art Fund Prize in 2008.


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