Owned and run by Sarah Gleave. Meg Heath Kennels, 1, Metheringham Heath, Nocton, Lincoln. LN4 2AJ
Tel: 01522 810150 Mobile: 07947 197713
How did Meg Heath start?
I started Meg Heath in 2006. I visited Heckington Show in July of that year and by chance saw a stall selling dog leads. I was attracted by this, being a dog trainer at the time, as I was using long training leads for my recall work with the dogs.
So I decided to start a business making and selling dog leads. It wasn’t long before I’d designed the Car Boot Lead in 2009, with a full range of leads and collars too.
Industrial Sewing Machine
I bought my own industrial sewing machine. I still use the same one, with some modifications to make it the amazing workhorse it is. You could say it is a trade secret which machine I use as it does such an amazing job.
I have tried a few other semi-industrial machines, but never found one that works like my current one. I did buy an embroidery machine but I wasted so much time trying to perfect embroidery on dog collars that I ended up just selling it for an easy life.
Shop Software – ShopFactory
I first used Shopfactory which is great software but it had a few flaws. Sometimes I would go for days without taking orders, 1 ) because I was only running the business part-time and 2 ) in the early days I was not busy every day and cared less if I’m honest with the boarding kennels being my main income.
In 2012, my site suffered a malware infection. I had another site built for about £2,30o. It was ‘pretty n all that’ but I never managed to get it to rank anywhere. I do recommend the platform though, it was Open Cart. It is a really clean UX and great backend, I was tempted to go back recently but wanted to keep all my stores on WordPress.
In 2015 I had my online store redesigned. I was lucky in as much as it only cost me a few hundred quid as I knew the designer, it also leads me to my second business of designing websites that I started in November 2017.
I now use the popular WordPress platform. Unless you know how to find out, I’ll keep the design secrets under my hat. I now run a successful full-time business making dog leads and collars for a living with several design rights on my creations list.
More about me
I love a good cappuccino, I have 8 dogs and still run Meg Heath Kennels. I love working on websites, which is now a career as well as looking after this store and several other websites too.
I’m a home bird and prefer pottering around at home with my dogs. I have some hobbies that you might not think I would do, hand embroidery being one of them. I recently took up pencil drawing again and making the odd handmade card. I love Drag Racing although I haven’t been for about 3 years. Nowadays on my days off, I can be found pottering around Lincoln drinking coffee and buying things for my dogs also known as spoiling them.
Who is responsible for the website content?
I am, (Sarah Gleave). I am responsible for all the content on the website, so all the site content accuracy etc is down to me so please contact me with any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yup, you’ve guessed it, me again.
How do we process payments for our products?
We may also process transactions securely over the telephone using Square. Square uses a Virtual Terminal to input your card details. We do this while you are on the phone and you get a receipt via email or mobile to confirm your payment.
Although we rarely do cardholder present transactions, we would use Square to do this.