Gemma Edwards


Trained with us in 2012


I Just wanted to write an up to date review on my experience at Top Trimz Trainig school with Marie.  I was one of Maries first students in 2012.   After leaving my job as a supervisor for 14 years I took a 28 day course with Top Trimz and the trainig I received was exceptional,  an opinion shared by the other students trainig with me.  We all went on to run our own successful business'. We all keep in touch to this day and still have support from Marie if needed.  I started off with a mobile van as I thought i would have to travel out of my area for work as there were 3 established grooming shops near by,  but it didnt take long before I too was established and became very busy.  I decided to to build a lig cabin in my back garden to accomodate the work coming in.  I had no problem obtaining planning permission for this.  I have a lovely customer base and make over 3 times the salary than I did as a supervisor.... Ive Never looked back.   Within the next year or two I plan to open a main street shop and employ staff to help with my ever increasing business.  Gemma Edwards

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Jodi of the Mutts Nutts

trained with us in 2014


My name is Jodi Clark and I trained to become a Dog Groomer at Top Trimz on a 28 day course ending on 10th October 2014.  This was one of the best decisions I have made career wise, I have a job that I love and that I can fit round my family life, it has given me the opportunity to work for myself and be my own boss.  I can’t speak highly enough of the training I received at Top Trimz, and the friends I made, they made you feel like part of the grooming family.  I now work Monday - Friday, have a steady work load and excellent clients who even after I was off work for a couple of months came back to me, which I’m hoping speaks highly of my grooming skills.  I always wanted a job where I could stand back and look at my work and think wow I did that and now I have.  If you are considering a profession in dog grooming look no further, you won’t regret it.



Joanne Trained with us in 2014
After being made redundant from my old career I was determined to have a change, I had always wanted to work with dogs, (having 4 of my own) I decided to look into dog grooming courses. After much research Marie's Toptrimz Grooming/Training course which was City and Guilds endorsed just ticked all the boxes I needed, and knowing Marie was the best qualified in the North just came out on top. I knew her standards would be high, so I enrolled on the course to start January 2014 for 28 days  full time to be completed by March of the same year.
The course was hands on, intense and high energy with both study group work and grooming dogs, all done within the salon. At no point did I feel out of my dept with Marie  at my side answering all my daft questions I posed to her, and with her guidance on each and every groom I knew though time and support  I was going to gain my qualifications. 
I sat my exams in the March and passed with distinction after never sitting exams for over 30 years. I now run my own success full Grooming Salon Nose to Tail and I have a more realistic work life balance for myself and my family, my business is going for strength to strength each year, and I've achieved the goals set out way back in 2014.
By training with Marie you not only gain qualifications you gain support, friendships from all her past students who have completed the course over the years and we send well wishes to each newly qualified student. 
My motto though out was encourage yourself, believe in yourself and never doubt who you are though this you will succeed 
Thanks Joanne Duncan completed March 2014 
Dated January 2018

 Shirl trained with us in 2014


After working in finance and various other employs for many years I decided I needed a challenge so at the age of 51  I signed up for Marie’s 28 day dog grooming course. There is a lot more to it than meets the eye and the course is quite intense, however I thoroughly enjoyed it and Marie works very hard to ensure you have all the right skills to build your ability and confidence.
I was proud to complete my City & Guilds in 2014 and when the time was right to open my salon I returned without hesitation to Marie and did a short refresher course in 2016.
I opened my salon 18 months ago and it is a thriving business and building all the time. I tell everyone that I trained with the best. I regularly groomed Brenda Blethyn's cockerpoo JACK whilst she was filming VERA last year.  

Many thanks Marie and Catherine x



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Donna Lyons 

I started my training at Top Trimz in January 2017

and compleated my course in May. I did this part time to fit around

my children and having not worked for 10 years when i was able to

go back to work i fancied doing something compleatly different so i

started my grooming career at top trimz and so glad i did, i had no

previous experience and little confidence and the support and

knowledge i got from Marie and Catherine was amazing i never felt

alone they were always on hand to guide me, demonstrate for me

and answer any questions i had, i now run my very own shop called

Pampered Paws and couldnt be happier everything I learned on

my course i still put in to practice everyday at work. I would like

to thank marie and Catherine for their help, support and great

training so glad i chose Top Trimz and i know if I'm ever stuck or

have a query i can always contact them even now xxx

                                                                   Dated January 2018


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