August 17, 2017

New Pets at Home store opening soon


A Pets at Home store is set to open in Morpeth next month, bringing 21 jobs. The store, which will sell thousands of pet products, will also include a Vets4Pets practice, owned by Frances Gray and complete with a fully-equipped surgery. There will also be a Groom Room and a pet adoption centre run by independent charity Support Adoption For Pets. All staff receive training in pet care, endorsed by City and Guilds, and manager Neil Brooks has 16 years’ experience with the business, previously working in Sunderland. The store is due to open on Friday, August 12. source

AmPet to distribute PoopPot in the UK


AmPet Products are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement with the makers of PoopPot to distribute the innovative, space-saving and hygienic poop bag container in the UK. PoopPot is a collapsible silicone container, which conveniently holds bagged dog poop until it can be disposed of in dedicated waste bins. A very simple compression airtight sealed lid keeps smells from escaping. AmPet “We are very excited to be taking over the distribution of PoopPot in the UK,” says Alex Wilson, AmPet’s Sales & Marketing Director. “We exhibited PoopPot at PATS Sandown in March and it created lots of leads…

Strong seminar line up for PATS Telford

PATS Telford

PATS Telford has secured a strong line-up of speakers for two days of seminars designed to give pet retailers ideas on new lines, approaches and profit potential. The UK exhibition, taking place at Telford International Centre on September 25-26 promises to be a spectacular event. Over 200 UK and international companies will be exhibiting. Talks by prominent industry figures, staged in association with Pedigree Wholesale, look set to keep visitors entertained and informed throughout both days of the show. The seminars will cover a wide range of topics including: let’s talk retail; oral care for cats and dogs; driving growth…

Continued turnover growth at pet retailer

pet retailer

A family-run national pet retailer with stores across the UK has enjoyed “continued growth” as sales edged closer to £35m in its latest financial year. Pets Corner generated turnover of £34.9m for the year ended 30 September 2015, up from almost £29m a year earlier, newly filed accounts for the business have revealed. Pre-tax profits grew to £2.8m from £1.6m in 2014. The business opened a further 12 stores during the financial year, bringing the total to 101 stores at the time. Pets Corner has since expanded with the opening of new stores and the takeover of PamPurredPets for £6m,…

Major retailer starts search for a young pet champion


A major retailer which is opening its doors in Alnwick later this month has launched a competition to give one lucky child the chance to learn about animals and win £100 of vouchers. To celebrate the launch of the town’s new Pets at Home outlet – set to begin welcoming customers from Friday, July 22 – the retailer is calling on people to nominate a caring and responsible young pet owner. The winner will be invited into the new store on Tuesday, August 2, to have a morning’s work experience where they will learn about the welfare needs of different…

Youngest businesswoman in Louth takes reins at pet store


Louth teenager Meg Johnson is the new boss of Potty About Pets in Mercer Row, Louth, following the sad passing of previous owner Ros Harris. Reptile enthusiast Meg, who turns 18 in August, opened the revamped pet shop on Friday July 1 and believes that she is probably the youngest businesswoman 
in the Louth area.   Meg became good friends with previous owner Ros after helping out in the shop at weekends for around 18 months. The business was a partnership between Ros and her husband Richard, but Ros always wanted Meg to take the reins at some point in…

Tesco launches pet help hotline


TESCO Bank has today launched a telephone helpline in a bid to help prospective cat and dog owners select a pet that suits their lifestyle. The phone line will help new owners choose the right breed for them and offer advice on the first few weeks of pet ownership. The service has been launched in response to a survey which showed that eight out of 10 new pet owners found the early days with their pets challenging and almost half said they did no research to help them resolve these challenges. Additionally, almost a third of pet owners did no…

Birmingham woman gets ban for running an unlicensed pet shop


A Birmingham woman has been disqualified from keeping a pet shop for two years after admitting to selling animals from her Erdington home at Birmingham Magistrates Court today. Jadwiga Ewa Grum, 37, of Johnson Road, Erdington, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951, keeping the premises as a pet shop without a licence. She received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £500 towards costs plus a £15 victim surcharge. Birmingham City Council brought the case against Grum after its animal welfare team received a complaint from colleagues at Surrey Trading Standards. On 17…

Wearable Pet Tech Reaching New Heights


The Halo Collar is the first true smart pet collar that allows owners to stay connected with their pets through their mobile or desktop in real time. Halo Collar LLC™, a technology-based pet product company from the global tracking and security firms, Lunar GPS™ and Spie Surveillance™; is presenting the next step in pet tech. The American Pet Product Association predicts the pet-owner will spend an average of $1,600 on each pet in his or her household this year. Most of that goes to food and vet care, but an increasing amount is starting to be spent on pet tech and…

Pets at Home store in Kendal gets revamp

Pets at Home

Pets at Home is investing more than £300,000 in renovating its outlet in Kendal. The pet product retailer plans to reopen the refurbished store, at South Lakeland Retail Park, on July 21. A new Groom Room will open inside the store, with a Vets4Pets opening shortly after. The refurbishment is set to create 13 new jobs with new grooming and veterinary positions created, bringing the total number of people employed there to 27. Store manager Andy Squires said: “We’ve listened carefully to what our customers have been telling us and we’re confident the store’s improved layout, new Groom Room and Vets4Pets…