About Us

Look North Dog Grooming was formed in 1977 by the original owner Diana North. Joanne Angus and Alison Thomas began working for her the same year as Saturday girls and are the current directors of the company.

The business was renamed in 2004 becoming Look North Grooming & Training Centre Ltd and has been in it's current premises on Henry Street for 34 years.

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Joanne Angus - LCGI

Director & Head Stylist

Joanne has many years experience in dog grooming, having groomed and taught since the 1980's. She is one of the founders of Groom Team England for which she was team co-ordinator for 10 years, is co-author of 'The Grooming Manual for the Dog and Cat' and founder member of the Guild of Master Groomers.

Joanne is keen to promote grooming excellence wherever possible, judging grooming competitions and demonstrating at seminars and events throughout the UK. She is a proud member of The Groomers Spotlight promoting qualified groomers and is also a City & Guilds examiner. Joanne is currently part of the trailblazer group working on grooming apprenticeships which will hopefully be available in 2019.

Qualifications:

  • City & Guilds 775 Level 3 in Dog Grooming
  • City & Guilds 730 Teaching Certificate
  • City & Guilds 924 Youth Trainers Award
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Competence in Dog Walking
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Licentiateship (LCGI)
  • Pet Care Trade Association Higher Diploma in Grooming

Awards:

  • Eurogroom Champion
  • Groomer of the Year - 1991 and 2001
  • Runner Up Groomer of the Year - 2011
  • Intergroom USA - Gold Medal
  • Style to Rescue 2018 - Best In Show
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Alison Thomas

Director

Alison originally joined Look North as a Saturday girl going on to win the first ever ‘Newcomers’ class at Groomer of the Year in 1986.

After leaving to pursue another career, Alison returned to Look North in 1998 as a director, working full time in the office dealing with the less glamorous, but equally important side of the business!

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Zoe Duffy - LCGI

Senior Stylist & Tutor

From an early age Zoe followed her passion for animals through showing and grooming Lakeland Terriers. Now, with more than 25 years of professional grooming experience under her belt, she teaches and is an examiner for grooming qualifications.

Zoe is a founder member of Groom Team England and judges grooming competitions and demonstrates at seminars and events throughout the UK. She is the presenter of 'The Bichon Frise' and 'The Clipped Long Legged Terrier' Styling Academy DVD's and was a member of the Guild of Master Groomers for over 20 years. She is a proud member of The Groomers Spotlight promoting qualified groomers and is currently part of the British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) working group developing codes of conduct and licensing for groomers under the directive of Canine and Feline Sector Group.

Qualifications:

  • City & Guilds 775 Level 3 in Dog Grooming
  • City & Guilds 730 Teaching Certificate
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Licentiateship (LCGI)
  • Pet Care Trade Association Higher Diploma in Grooming

Awards:

  • Groomer of the Year - 1994 and 2005
  • Intergroom USA - Gold Medal
  • European Grand Champion- 2008
 
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Naomi Edwards

Qualified Groomer

Naomi joined Look North in 2015 following her initial training and gaining her City & Level 3 Introductory Certificate. Naomi has since competed in various grooming competitions and placed at most. Naomi is now fully qualified to City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma and is a member of The Groomers Spotlight promoting qualified groomers in the UK.

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Katie Bottomley

Qualified Groomer

Katie joined Look North in 2015 following her initial training and gaining her City & Level 3 Introductory Certificate. Katie has since competed in various grooming competitions and placed at most. Katie is now fully qualified to City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma and is a member of The Groomers Spotlight promoting qualified groomers in the UK.

 

TESTIMONIAL

"Winston looks beautiful his first puppy cut, he will always go there not sure he was happy at first but he's going to have to get used to it It's so nice and warm and the staff are lovely."

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