Alison has been grooming she was 16 years old and run her own grooming salon for 18 years. The business was initially started, with the help of the Princess Trust, in response to the growing demands of Alison's customers. Alison's depth of experience includes teaching dog grooming & animal care at various colleges, teaching NVQ, Btec & national diploma to entry level and asset. She also teaches the NPTC intermediate certificate on dog grooming level 2 at her salon in Holmfirth. Alison is qualified to city & guilds 730 level and has also completed her OCR level 4 qualifications. She is also fully qualified city and guilds 7750 Dog groomer and has completed her higher grooming diploma, is a member of the Guild of Master Groomers and also holds the LCGI in dog grooming. In her spare time, Alison, loves to keep up on her grooming by competing in and judging grooming completion's both at home and abroad. She has achieved a number of places, winning the Professional Groomers Championship best in show 2003 with a bichon and 2004 with a scissored lasha (she is the only groomer to win these two years in a row). She also finished runner up at the British Dog Grooming Championships 2000 and in 2007 won Groomer of the year with a st poodle and English springer spaniel at the British Championships. She has more recently been a member of the English Groom team 2007 - 2009, where they came 3rd in the world, with Alison competing with a Springer Spaniel. And on the team again in 2010 to 2011. As well as this she has shown and bred West Highland White Terriers, Standard poodles and more recently Bichon frises (alizo), who are doing well in the show ring and hold the reserve cc's and cc and who have all qualified and won at Crufts. Alison will also be seen on the Mikki produces that she try's out for the company before they go on sale, Alison was the 1st head groomer a the pet spa at Harrods in London .but is back in Yorkshire full time teaching her students or going to there salons to do freelance training.