August 19, 2017

  • Raw

    Cotswold RAW: Registering The Mighty Cotswold as the UK’s 1st Dog Centric Sausage

    The unreliable British weather may well have put a temporary dampener on the UK’s fanatical BBQ fraternity but our island’s unquenchable bulldog spirit means we’re never more than a few sunbeams away from purring lawnmowers, the scent of fresh grass and the unmistakable whiff of frazzled meats. Nothing says BBQ more than the hearty banger for which Britain is so proud, and yet, whilst we humans chomp the chipolata one has to feel a little sorry for the salivating hounds left on the sidelines. Cotswold RAW is a proud rural provider of the ‘dog sausage,’ a nutritionally robust and sublime…

  • Award

    Entry to 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards soon to close

    Entry for the Pet Industry Federation Awards is quick, simple and absolutely free. To be in with a chance of winning retailers need to outline, in no more than 500 words, why they think their business should receive the award. Judging criteria and entry is available online at www.petbusinessworld.co.uk The winners will be announced at the 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner, which will take place at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 28 November, and tickets are on sale now. The spectacular birthday-themed evening will provide the backdrop for the celebration of our thriving industry, as PIF celebrates…

  • Dangerous

    Take the Sting out of the Dangerous Dogs Act

    Data analysed by the campaigning organisation Born Innocent, has revealed that people are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting than a dog attack. Since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has just had its twenty sixth-year anniversary, the average number of deaths due to dog bites in the UK is 2.8 people per year.  This is in contrast to the average number of bites for the ten years before the introduction of the Act, which was 1.1 per year. That is a rise of 155% The number of dogs is believed to have increased…

  • Franprix

    Pooch & Mutt’s Guy Blaskey talks foreign exports with BBC Breakfast following Franprix launch

    Watched by around six million people every day, the UK’s most popular breakfast news programme recently interviewed Pooch & Mutt founder Guy Blaskey. With regular presenters of the show including Charlie Stayt, the interview saw Blaskey discuss languages and foreign exports within business. Rapid growth since its 2008 launch now sees Pooch & Mutt available worldwide with exports including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Singapore, New Zeland, Dubai and India. Following a trial in Casino stores back in April, last week French grocery store Franprix launched a selection of Pooch & Mutt products. With stores located in and around Paris, Franprix offers a…

  • Snake

    Nottingham pet shop encourages children to consider adopting a pet snake

    A shop in Stapleford held a workshop today (Mon, August 7) to introduce children to keeping pet reptiles – such as dragons, geckos and chameleons. Most kids and their parents are spending the summer holidays going abroad or enjoying the UK but this group of youngsters had a very different experience. The Japanese Water Garden pet shop taught twelve children and their parents how to look after reptiles. Wendy Langford, 50, the shop’s director, said: “With reptile keeping, it can sound a bit daunting but it is all about getting the right environment for them. “We want to break down the myth that a…

FEATURES

Meatballs

Poppy’s Picnic achieves industry first with launch of complete meatballs

Jul 27, 2017

Hand-crafted by the raw dog food producers at Poppy’s Picnic, the new Poppy’s Picnic Complete Meatballs are a breakthrough product for the sector, specifically suited to smaller dogs. Poppy’s Picnic raw dog food is handmade by 4th generation butchers in the heart of Wiltshire. The new meatballs weigh 30 grams each and come in compartmentalised trays of 12, created for maximum convenience and to ensure less mess when feeding. The meatballs make raw feeding easier for the consumer and open the raw option to a whole new type of customer. Dylan Watkins, founder of Poppy’s Picnic, explains: “Small dog owners…

fundraiser

Pet store to hold free children’s workshops

Jul 17, 2017

Pet store to hold free children’s workshops Alnwick’s Pets at Home store. Parents are being invited to bring their children to a series of fun, free animal workshops. The sessions are being held at Alnwick’s Pets at Home store this summer. The classes will cover the needs and adventures of a whole host of pets, including guinea pigs, hamsters, degus and fish. Children can expect to find out about the fascinating world of each pet, learning about the five welfare needs – shelter; food and water; good health; appropriate company; and the right living environment – and even getting the…

pet food

Cotswold RAW makes their debut at Countryfile Live

Jul 2, 2017

This August sees rural pet food provider, Cotswold RAW make it’s eagerly anticipated debut at the grand finale of countryside get-togethers, Countryfile Live. Countryfile Live, in association with The National Trust, provides the perfect outdoor forum for wholesome outdoors activities for the entire family, healthy sustainable food debates and even some amusing anecdotes from Adam Henson and his much loved Countryfile team.   Cotswold RAW’s managing director, Mark Lewis said: “As a business that first found its feet on the county show circuit, you can imagine just how excited we are to be bringing our own brand of countryside common…

dog training

Action Petz owner looking to expand

Jun 24, 2017

Shelley Redding is looking to raise £100,000 from crowdfunding to take Action Petz to every town and city in the UK and overseas too. Shelley  set up her canine day care and training venture, Action Petz, inspired by the love for her one time stolen dog Rocco. And now she plans to take the business, with action packed indoor and outdoor facilities, to every town and city in the UK. Ms Redding was dealt a blow in February when, following a noise abatement notice, she was forced to close her dog centre in the Tremorfa area of Cardiff.   But…

NEWS

Award

Entry to 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards soon to close

Entry for the Pet Industry Federation Awards is quick, simple and absolutely free. To be in with a chance of winning retailers need to outline, in no more than 500 words, why they think their business should receive the award. Judging criteria and entry is available online at www.petbusinessworld.co.uk The winners will be announced at the 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner, which will take place at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 28 November, and tickets are on sale now. The spectacular birthday-themed evening will provide the backdrop for the celebration of our thriving industry, as PIF celebrates…

Dangerous

Take the Sting out of the Dangerous Dogs Act

Data analysed by the campaigning organisation Born Innocent, has revealed that people are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting than a dog attack. Since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has just had its twenty sixth-year anniversary, the average number of deaths due to dog bites in the UK is 2.8 people per year.  This is in contrast to the average number of bites for the ten years before the introduction of the Act, which was 1.1 per year. That is a rise of 155% The number of dogs is believed to have increased…

Franprix

Pooch & Mutt’s Guy Blaskey talks foreign exports with BBC Breakfast following Franprix launch

Watched by around six million people every day, the UK’s most popular breakfast news programme recently interviewed Pooch & Mutt founder Guy Blaskey. With regular presenters of the show including Charlie Stayt, the interview saw Blaskey discuss languages and foreign exports within business. Rapid growth since its 2008 launch now sees Pooch & Mutt available worldwide with exports including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Singapore, New Zeland, Dubai and India. Following a trial in Casino stores back in April, last week French grocery store Franprix launched a selection of Pooch & Mutt products. With stores located in and around Paris, Franprix offers a…

Snake

Nottingham pet shop encourages children to consider adopting a pet snake

A shop in Stapleford held a workshop today (Mon, August 7) to introduce children to keeping pet reptiles – such as dragons, geckos and chameleons. Most kids and their parents are spending the summer holidays going abroad or enjoying the UK but this group of youngsters had a very different experience. The Japanese Water Garden pet shop taught twelve children and their parents how to look after reptiles. Wendy Langford, 50, the shop’s director, said: “With reptile keeping, it can sound a bit daunting but it is all about getting the right environment for them. “We want to break down the myth that a…

Raw

Purrform’s range of raw food

Purrform, specialising in feline nutrition and raw cat food, offers premium and natural products for cats based on their needs. The benefits of a completely raw meat and bone diet far outweigh those associated with cooked dry food. Since cats are obligate carnivores, they should be fed real raw meat and bone with no preservatives, nor palate enhancements. Purrform’s range of products are grain-free, highly digestible and high in protein, making a well-balanced and nutritious diet that encourages a longer and healthier life for your cat. Veronique Ornech, began her brand after purchasing two British Shorthairs who were raised on…

Fish

Fish4Dogs brings back Sweet Ocean Wraps

The fresh taste of apple is getting a slice of the action in Fish4Dogs new healthy treat – by public demand. The variant of the company’s popular Sea Wraps – Sweet Ocean Wraps – has been created after customers took part in a survey and voted apple as their preferred fruity ingredient. Some 44 per cent of customers opted for apple – ‘pipping’ banana, pineapple and kiwi to the post. Like humans, dogs have an extremely sweet tooth and the launch of Sweet Ocean Wraps promises to give our four-legged friends a taste of the action. Combine the sweetness in…

Group55

Group55 open new premises

In response to continued business growth and future demand for both in-house and private label offerings; Group55 have moved to a new £2m facility in Chorley, Lancashire. The 22, 000 sq. ft. building houses the very latest equipment to maintain the company’s position as one of the world’s leading providers of products to the animal care sector. In addition to all the usual facets you would expect to find at a leading manufacturer, the facility boasts two bespoke laboratories. An impressive development laboratory supports the in-house formulation and development team in creating innovative new products using the very latest ingredients,…

Sleep

Naps in plant pots, slow cookers and dolls’ prams: owners reveal their pets’ strangest sleeping habits

37% of Brits admit that they regularly let their pet sleep in or on their bed Time 4 Sleep launches competition to find the UK’s sleepiest pet With almost half of Brits (43%) declaring that their pet has a positive impact on their stress levels, it’s hardly a surprise that the UK has become a nation obsessed with our furry companions. Research1 by online bed specialist, Time 4 Sleep, found that over a third of Brits can’t resist a cuddle with their pet even when they’re in bed, with 37% of Brits admitting that they regularly let their dog or…