received  her LCGI in dog grooming at the City & Guilds institute in London on 12th May 2012




Fully qualified City & Guilds

Advanced dog groomer

with an

LCGI (master craftsman) award

in Dog grooming


In 2013 Marie became a member of the guild of Master groomers.  An accolade only approx 28 groomers have acheieved in the UK.


Marie is also an Award winning groomer


How it started

After grooming & showing her own dogs for some years Marie started to be asked by local pet owners if she would groom their dogs.  Marie decided if she was going to groom dogs belonging to other people she would need to enrol on a dog grooming course.  She found a local grooming school which helped her with basic grooming styles but she decided if she wanted to take her talent further she would need to Travel out of the North east and train with some of the countries top groomers. Marie traveled the UK to gain the skills she needed to become top of her game.   She spend many days with Zoe Duffy of Look North grooming in Keighly, West Yorkshire who prepared Marie for the British dog groomers Higher Diploma exams.

Marie is one of only approx 28 groomers in the UK that is a member of the guild of master groomers.  (The highest accolade a groomer can achieve).


Marie now runs Top Trimz training school in Leadgate, Consett and prides herself in providing her students with excellent training giving them the best possible start to their grooming Career. She is the only tutor in the north east that has achieved the higher diploma. 





 Catherine became a fully qualified dog groomer within only 12 months of completing her training at Top trimz and now holds her City & guilds professional diploma in dog grooming.


winner of Animology's national grooming competition.


Catherine regularly competes at grooming competitions and is working towards her higher diploma.



We are delighted to announce that Top Trimz is the first grooming business in County Durham to achieve the new Quality Assurance Standard for Groomers.

Top Trimz has become the first grooming business in County Durham to achieve the new Quality Assurance Standard for Groomers. Designed to help cat and dog owners find a reputable groomer, the Quality Assurance Standard was launched by the Pet Industry Federation in 2013, in association with Dogs Trust and PDSA.
Quality Assured Groomers have to pass a rigorous inspection and testing process to ensure their knowledge, health and safety procedures, business practices and animal welfare policies are up to scratch. Participating businesses are also given a star rating, which is based on the qualifications and experience of the staff.
‘Grooming is unregulated, which means that anyone can set up in business, no matter what their qualifications or experience,’ said Nigel Baker, Chief Executive of the Pet Industry Federation. ‘Sadly, there have been incidents of injuries to animals – or worse – in grooming salons. Whilst these incidents are few and far between, the general public may not know where to turn to find a groomer they can trust. Specialists from national charities Dogs Trust and PDSA and the British Dog Grooming Association have launched this scheme to provide peace of mind. Quality Assured Groomers have demonstrated that they operate to best practice guidelines and put animal welfare first.’
‘We are delighted that Ann Marie Burns, Top Trimz’ proprietor, has had the courage and enthusiasm to take on the challenge of achieving the Quality Assurance Standard,’ said Nigel. ‘Our inspectors were impressed with the salon and, due to the qualifications of their staff, Top Trimz receives the top star rating. This is in addition to their status as a Premier Satellite Centre, training the next generation of dog groomers.



Marie at her first grooming competition at Premier groom in Coventry with a Bichon Frise Aug 2011


 At Premier Groom 2012

Marie won 1st place in  the Hand strip open class

with Rainy the Westie


(City & Guilds is the only recognised qualification in dog grooming).