August 17, 2017

Enact acquires pet food retailer and wholesaler

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A wholesale supplier of pet food and products, which also operates a chain of shops, has been acquired by Leeds-based SME investor Enact. Nottingham-based Kennelpak, which employs 275 people and has 21 stores, has been bought from its family owners for an undisclosed fee. In its latest financial accounts to March 2017, the profitable business had sales of more than £23m. Established in 1974, Kennelpak sells a selection of pet food, pet accessories and toys amongst other products for dogs, cats, birds, aquatics, reptiles, horses and home farming.  Additional services also include grooming, local training, nutritional advice and licensed medication. Investment director Chris…

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Unipet International receive ‘A’ grade for second year


After another year of hard work, Unipet remain the only UK suet wild bird food manufacturer to receive a BRC ‘A’ Grade Accreditation – for the second year in a row. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is developed by food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. Although it is not a compulsory requirement within the wild bird food industry, the Unipet Team have been working tirelessly to maintain the high standards on their site since last year’s success in preparation for the 2017 audit, which has certainly paid off! The ‘A’ Grade status gives their…

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New rabbit virus confirmed


Pet owners have been warned about a new rabbit virus after a case was confirmed in Bedford. The disease, affecting rabbits across the country, is Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease variant 2 (RVHD-2) which is fatal in approximately 25 per cent of rabbits that contract it. Rabbits may die suddenly without any symptoms. This month, a four-month-old rabbit that died unexpectedly at home was tested for the new virus and has become the first confirmed case of RVHD-2 in the Bedford area. The standard UK rabbit vaccination does not protect against RVHD-2 (it covers myxomatosis and RVHD-1). A separate RVHD-2 vaccine has…

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Gumtree and RSPCA reveals top online searches for dog breeds


French bulldogs are the most searched-for breed for sale online, according to figures from Gumtree and the RSPCA. The new statistics show there were more than 66,000 searches for the fashionable breed in just one month (February 2017) on the popular classified online marketplace. The French bulldog was closely followed by Labradors and pugs in a study which the RSPCA is using to highlight the risks and realities of buying puppies on the internet. The figures also show that the use of online websites to sell and rehome dogs has exploded within the last decade as Gumtree recorded a 785…

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Luxury dog boutique and spa to open up in North Yorkshire

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A luxury dog boutique and spa, complete with a jacuzzi bath for your canine companions, is set to open up in Yarm. The Paw Room and Zibizi pet gift store are set to open up on High Street. And there’s not long to wait either, with the shop set to open above Zibizi baby gift store, later this month. “This is going to be a gorgeous pet boutique above our existing store, Zibizi – the baby gift store,” said Andy Pemberton, whose wife Bella runs the business. “With the success of the baby store and the popularity with our personalisation service, we decided…

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Pet Store in Scotland raises thousands for abused and injured animals


The Scottish SPCA thanked Pets at Home Livingston for raising £2526 for Scotland’s abused, abandoned and injured animals. Scotland’s animal welfare charity has been overwhelmed by the generous support of the public. Edinburgh Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre manager, Diane Aitchison, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous donation. All the staff at Pets At Home Livingston have done a wonderful job raising this money, and it will make a huge difference to us here at the centre. “This type of fundraising takes a lot of organising and effort and we fully appreciate all the help given by the public…

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Derbyshire businesses merge to form new pet care haven

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Two Church Gresley pet care businesses are merging together to form one brand new top dog grooming location under a new name, Growlers. Pinfold Pet Grooming, owned by Clare Banton and Emma Nicholson’s’ Berts Paws and Claws are merging together to form the brand new umbrella. Pinfold has been open in Church Gresley for more than 10 years, offering grooming for dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, while Bert’s Paws and Claws was only opened two years ago, selling a range of animal accessories and toys. The two business owners became close friends, even offering to help out in each other’s stores a couple…

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Pet store to hold free children’s workshops


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…

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Selective Naturals goes grain free as pet owners voice their support


The launch of Selective Naturals treats has been hugely successful. Now manufacturer Supreme Petfoods is riding the crest of the wave and taking the brand one step further by going grain-free. The move follows feedback from almost 700 owners of small pets who gave the concept a resounding thumbs up, with 93% saying they believed that there was a benefit to feeding grain-free. Marketing manager Claire Hamblion says the findings herald exciting times for retailers: “We’ve never seen such strong support for a product proposition and the need is just not currently being met in the UK, If you thought…

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BarkBox And The Subscription Service Turned Lifestyle Brand


Like many innovators starting out, BarkBox cofounder and CEO Matt Meeker was a man looking to solve his own problem. “I have a Great Dane named Hugo which is fairly rare in New York City” Matt explains. “When I got him, I just wanted to make him happy because I was, and am, obsessed with him. And every day I thought about what I can do to make this enormous dog happy. And I would go to pet stores to find that right thing, and pretty much every day I came home with the [same] bully stick.” Matt felt that, though he…

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