Witham-based dog groomers are hoping for the paw-fect end to their first year after being nominated for a top award.

Arnie’s of Essex dog groomers, based in Witham has been nominated for best dog groomer of the year award.

The luxury groomers is also celebrating its one-year anniversary next week following the opening last September and a year of success in which it has gained 1,000 clients and almost double that number of dogs. The salon has even had clients such as Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch and her dog Henry.

Arnie’s is among six other salons that have been shortlisted for the award for 2019.

Owner Hannah Mckenzie said: “I am so pleased- I’m over the moon about it.

“Obviously, the salon isn’t even a year old yet. We celebrate out first anniversary next week and with it being so young it’s a great achievement.

“The first year has been really successful, we have become really well known and just recently we were able to take on our first full member of staff.

The menu at the salon includes a puppy groom for puppies up to six months, a bath an blow dry or a luxury full dog groom which includes a health check and a haircut of your choice.

“We are hoping in the long run to open another branch somewhere locally, maybe in Chelmsford.”

Hannah will be attending the awards ceremony, which is ran by Animal Star Awards, on October 19 at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth.