August 17, 2017

Meet the Buyers event a success

Meet the Buyers

The Meet the Buyers event organised by the Gardenex and PetQuip associations has been hailed a success. British suppliers of garden and pet products are set to succeed further into export markets following their participation in the event, held on 21 October. The event has already resulted in positive reactions from a Romanian importer/distributor, who now expects to be placing orders with four or five of the garden suppliers he met at the event. A pet product buyer from Iceland also had a similar reaction and is now in discussions with three UK suppliers. Commenting on the event, commercial manager…

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PCA Predict launch Checkout Validation Bundle

PCA Predict

PCA Predict, a market leading address validation software company, is the first in the UK to launch a Checkout Validation Bundle. The tool, named Checkout+, is designed to improve the customer experience and increase the accuracy of data capture for e-tailers by verifying all three major points of contact; addresses, emails and mobile phones. The launch follows new research carried out by PCA Predict which discovered that 85% of online shoppers would abandon their order if presented with complicated or lengthy checkout forms, which are often the result of required contact information. The new Checkout+ from PCA Predict will help…

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PFMA launches more mobile accessible website


Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has unveiled a new mobile website. The PFMA has now optimised its website to be used on all mobile devices as 30% of visitors to access it from a mobile or tablet. is widely recognised as a professional’s first point of call for all pet nutrition queries. It has maintained its award-winning design and content with a Pet care section providing detailed information on all pet types, as well as making numerous other sections easier to access on the go. ‘Toolkit’ with downloadable weight management tools and NEW fact sheets ‘News’ for the…

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SuperDogs Live Heroic Hound winners announced

SuperDogs Live

SuperDogs Live has announced the winners of its Heroic Hound award, which will be presented at the National Pet Show this weekend. The event, which is sponsored by, will take place on the 7 and 8 November at the NEC Birmingham. The Heroic Hounds of 2015 will be awarded for acts of bravery as well as overcoming the odds. Seven-year-old rescue dog Annabelle will be awarded for overcoming a distressing experience at a puppy farm before being adopted by new owner Lisa Garner just four months ago. Annabelle, along with her adopted sister Lucy, are both great ambassadors for…

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Kennel Club contacts German Shepherd owners for new study

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is calling for owners of German Shepherd Dogs to assist in a behavioural study for the breed. The organisation will be contacting over 8,000 owners from today whose dogs were registered with the Club between 2004 and 2014. The new study will be undertaken by Dr Pam Wiener and her team at The Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College, and will investigate the health and lifestyle of the breed. The project is supported by the German Shepherd Dog League, and the German Shepherd Dog Breed Council has been consulted accordingly. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “This…

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Young Kennel Club seeks nominations for award

Young Kennel Club

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is now asking for nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year. There are five different categories in which the award acknowledges and highlights the positive contribution that the YKC members make. The categories are: Young Braveheart of the Year: Recognising young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success. Champion Volunteer of the Year: Recognising young people who give up their time to volunteer to help others. Good Buddy of the Year: Recognising young people and their dogs who have proved themselves to be good role…

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Pets at Home exclusive stockists of US brand Wellness

Pets at Home

Pets at Home are now the exclusive UK stockists of Wellness, a US brand of natural pet food. The range uses recipes based on the philosophy that nutrition is at the foundation of a pet’s wellbeing, offering wholesome and healthy nutrition for cats and dogs that contains no wheat, corn, soya, artificial covers, flavours and preservatives. The UK retailer will stock three Wellness ranges which come in a variety of flavours in wet or dry; CORE, Complete Health, and Simple. The dog range is now available in store, and the cat range will be launched this month. Camelle Kent, chief…

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Westminster Dog of the Year winners announced


The Westminster Dog of the Year competition had two worthy winners this week. The annual event took place for the 23rd time on Thursday 29 October at Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster. The two winners were Lady, a 15-year-old crossbreed, and Godiva, a four-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, both belonging to Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood. Both dogs beat 16 other opponents to receive the accolade, with MPs who entered the competition campaigning for public votes before boasting about their dog’s heroic deeds and acts of devotion before expert judges. This year, the event focused on the need to protect…

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Pooch & Mutt chosen to work with The Times

Pooch & Mutt

Pooch & Mutt has been selected to work with The Times and Sophie Cornish, founder of Not On The High Street, as a business to watch. The company was chosen as one of five businesses to focus on and help grow as a Ready Business finalist, following a day of pitches and deliberation at the head offices of The Times. Guy Blaskey, founder of Pooch & Mutt, pitched to four judges on the day, including Sophie Cornish, Times Business editor Richard Fletcher, business psychologist Tony Crabbe and Vodafone’s head of small and SME business Jonathon Kini, The pet product manufacturer…

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Tribal tackles pet obesity with tasty treats


Pet food manufacturer Tribal is tackling dog obesity over the upcoming festive season. According to veterinary charity PDSA, one in three dogs are clinically obese in Britain, and Tribal is warning that many festive foods are potentially toxic to dogs. Tribal’s Apple, Mint & Ginger Treats are part of the company’s Natural Support range, offering relief from indigestion as well as a low fat, healthier treat. Their dual action formula combines aromatic mint to freshen breath and relieve gastric discomfort, whilst the ginger works to reduce inflammation within the body, offering a calmative effect on digestion. In a bid to…

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