A TYNEDALE business is celebrating after being named one of the best of its kind in the North-East.

Home from Home boarding kennels in Heddon-on-the-Wall was the North-East winner in the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards in the rural enterprise category.

The business, which was opened 30 years ago by Robert and Eileen Young, provides a multi-purpose animal service, specialising in dogs and cats, to the Tynedale community and beyond.

In the final shortlist, Home from Home defeated local businesses the Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill and Brockbushes Farm at Corbridge.

And current owners Andrew Knox and Helen Young travelled to London last Wednesday where they were presented with the award at the House of Lords.

The rural enterprise category’s criteria asked whether the business was a growing asset to its community and provided a vital contribution.

Andrew said: “It was really nice to be among so many other winning business from all around the country, and recognised as a leading member of the local rural community.

“It’s great to have the work that we do recognised on such a large scale, not just by our customers but also by an official organisation.

Founder of Home from Home Kennels, Robert Young, said: “The past year has been especially successful at Home from Home with the opening of ‘The Retreat’ – a new luxury kennel block – during the spring of 2018, and then in January of this year, after months of hard work and dedication from the whole team, we managed to secure a five-star licence from Northumberland County Council.

“This new licence which came about because of the new legislation that the government introduced in 2018 is far more comprehensive than we have had in the past, in that it covers all aspects of activities involving animals.”

The licence gives pet owners a greater understanding of the boarding conditions, and kennel staff that work at each centre.

And Andrew has exciting plans in place for the future of the business.

He added: “Taking on the good work that Robert and Eileen did here, we hope to continually grow the business.

“We’re always aiming to be one step ahead of the animal care industry to be able to provide something new and different.

“We’re currently drawing up a future plan to provide an all round care experience, which will help us grow as a business.”

The renovation will see a new grooming parlour open as well as a recruiting dog behaviour experts to help provide professional advice.

A host of Tynedale businesses also appeared in the finals including the Slaley Community Village Shop, the Bird in Bush pub at Elsdon, Hadrian’s game Larder in Hexham and the North Acomb Farm Shop near Stocksfield.