Oscar Franchisee in the spotlight blog Val Dewey
Oscar Franchisee: Val Dewey
Which area does your OSCAR business cover?
I will be covering all of Huddersfield and the adjacent areas of Brighouse and Mirfield
What was your career before OSCAR?
Val: I trained as a Management Accountant and my last full-time post was as Finance Manager at Joseph Priestly College in Leeds. The long hours and long commute were taking their toll and Paul's business, BallHoo Balloon, was booming so I cut back to 3 days a week and became Finance Manager at West Yorkshire Housing Association so that I could put in more time at BallyHoo. This worked well until the Housing Association was taken over by a bigger one and I was made redundant. Since then I have taken temporary jobs until this opportunity came along.
Paul: Paul was an apprentice trained engineer at David Brown Tractors until local production shut down and he was made redundant. He wanted a change of direction and set up BallyHoo Balloons in 1991, providing balloon decor for weddings, parties etc. This was part-time as the children were young and I worked long hours. It became full time later when we acquired premises which included a retail area. And then we expanded into printing latex balloons as well, becoming one of just a few businesses that print balloons in this country.
What was it that made you choose an OSCAR franchise business?
My current temporary contract was coming to an end so I was already looking for something else to do. The advert for Oscar Huddersfield franchise came along at just the right time for me. Paul has been running BallyHoo Balloons for over 25 years and he was getting jaded. As I looked into Oscar, he became enthused as well and decided that he could gradually decrease the amount of time he spends on the balloon business as the Oscar business increases so that we end up running it together.
What pets do you have?
We currently have a lovely black and white cat called Poggin. She is 9 years old and talks a lot! But she is definitely not a lap cat, in contrast to Soot (our elderly tabby cat who passed away recently) who was really a dog in disguise. She followed Paul around adoringly, cam running when called, and begged for scraps at the table.
Which OSCAR food do you feed your pet?
Chicken and Duck Adult Complete
What is your pet's favourite game to play and why?
Glimer. This is chasing around a glimmer created by the sun reflecting on Paul's watch. She knows when conditions are right and sits waiting for the glimmer to appear. She never tires of it even though she can't actually catch it!
If you could be any pet, what would you be and why?
I would be a dog. Lots of long country walks. Out and about in the fresh air. And lots of cuddles. (not forgetting tasty, nutritious food to eat!)
Paul says he would be a tortoise that lived with a family so that he would have a long, comfortable life.