March 23, 2017

Tetra Wins Innovation Award for R&D

Tetra

The Research and Development department at aquatics company Tetra has been presented the “Innovation through Research” award by the Association for the Promotion of German Science and Humanities for the second time. As the only aquatics company to win this achievement, the award recognises the outstanding work carried out by a highly qualified team of 20 in developing new solutions and driving the industry forwards. Tetra, who originally won the award in 2014, took part in the annual survey by the German Association which analyses research efforts of companies across the country highlighting those who have made a substantial contribution. Tetra…

Luxury dog bed company Charley Chau leads rattan revival

Charley Chau

Renowned for their covetable collection of stylish dog beds, luxury dog bed company CHARLEY CHAU is leading a revival in classic rattan dog beds with six gorgeous, hand-woven styles to choose from. In Charley Chau’s interpretation of retro rattan dog beds, natural cane rattan is used to bring a high level of quality, strength and durability to these simplistic and stylish dog beds, designed to suit all interiors and to last for years to come. For the owner whose dog relishes in being a ‘mucky pup’, this style of bed is practical too, requiring only a damp cloth wipe down…

Oxford City Centre’s only pet shop to close after nearly 70 years

Oxford

Oxford city centre’s only pet shop will close its doors for the last time today after nearly 70 years in Oxford’s Covered Market. High rents, high business rates and the emergence of two Pets at Homes on the outskirts of the city has led to Price’s Pet Supplies closing down. Oxford pet shop The Covered Market unit has been a pet shop since 1947 when it was opened as Levett’s Pet Shop. Yvonne Winters, who has owned the shop with her sister Jean Reeve since 2004 said it was a very sad decision to make. She said: “We have some…

Registration for Glee 2016 is live

Glee

Online registration for Glee (12th – 14th September, NEC Birmingham) is now live. Buyers and retailers can now go online and book their free ticket to the leading showcase for the garden and leisure industry. Register online today to save yourself £20 and receive free parking and show catalogue. Matthew Mein, event director said “Following on from last year’s show, which saw the industry come together for a bustling, profitable and leading event, Glee has reaffirmed itself as the place where the garden and leisure industry meets. We’ll be working extremely hard over the coming months to guarantee that the…

Dog thefts up by 20% in two years as thieves go for trendy breeds

dog

Dog thefts have soared by 20 per cent in two years, driven by the popularity of breeds beloved by celebrities. Since the beginning of 2013 5,288 of the pets have been reported stolen. The numbers have risen sharply year on year, new figures reveal. Celebrities Dogs popular with celebrities, like pugs and miniature French bulldogs, are especially likely to be targeted by thieves. Some 1,490 dogs were taken in 2013, 1,599 in 2014 and 1,776 in 2015. In the first four months of 2016 alone, 423 were reported stolen. This is according to the figures uncovered by the BBC through…

DogStar takes grooming to a new level

DogStar

Fresh from the success of their shampoo range, Group55’s brand DogStar has created a new range of grooming tools. The aim is to ensure all dogs look their best between trips to the groomers. The DogStar shampoo range launched in September 2015. It comes in five delicious fragrances including Raspberry and Vanilla. There are now four tools to complement the range. Dogstar “DogStar is a brand which doesn’t take itself too seriously. It offers a great product at an entry level price point too,” said Group55 Managing Director Stephen Turner. He added “The launch of our shampoos, which exceeded all…

New Product Showcase will be bigger than ever at PATS Telford

PATS

Seeing the latest pet product launches under one roof is one of the major attractions to PATS visitors. This September’s show at the Telford International Centre is set to unveil a record number of new items. An impressive line-up of entries to the popular New Product Showcase is a positive sign that PATS Telford exhibitors are excited about their latest products and can’t wait to show them to visiting retailers and buyers. Products entered into the Showcase will be judged by a panel of independent pet retailers. This will happen on Sunday September 25 and the winners of the New…

Pet shop licence fees unjustified by councils

pet retailer

Just one council could justify its £300+ fee for issuing a pet shop licence, according to an investigation by the OATA. Twenty councils which charge £300 or more for a pet shop licence, identified through an earlier Freedom of Information request by OATA. They were asked to give a breakdown of the costs involved in coming up with the fee. Only Slough Borough Council provided a comprehensive list including costs in time and money for its £350 fee. This is despite Treasury guidance which says fees for services should generally be charged at cost. It also says that the calculations used…

ACANA Heritage Senior Dog Food launched

Acana Heritage

The new ACANA Heritage Senior Dog, which replaces the old Classics Senior Dog, has more meat and is carbohydrate limited and grain free. This is because Senior dogs are best fed a diet rich in meat proteins to maintain lean muscle mass. ACANA Senior features extra protein from free-run chicken, whole eggs and wild-caught fish. All products are sourced local to the kitchens of Champion Petfoods.  One third of the meat is fresh or raw and bursting with goodness. The other two thirds have been dried to provide a natural source of protein. ACANA Heritage ACANA Heritage Senior Dog has 65%…

CMA guides businesses on online competition law

CMA

The CMA has written an open letter to businesses alerting them that, if suppliers restrict their retailers’ prices, that can break the law. The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) open letter is accompanied by an at-a-glance guide to the law. It follows 2 recent cases in which businesses were fined a combined total of more than £3 million for engaging in resale price maintenance (RPM). Resale price maintenance RPM occurs when a supplier and a retailer agree that the retailer will not resell or advertise the supplier’s products below a specified price. RPM can also be achieved indirectly as a result…