August 17, 2017

First Pets at Home ‘convenience store’ opens

Pets at Home

Pets at Home has launched its first ‘concept convenience’ store in Dorking, Surrey. The new venture ‘Whiskers ‘n Paws’ targets high street shoppers and aims to offer a range of services including grooming, bath and blow dry, puppy grooming and nail clipping. The store will focus primarily on cats and dogs. The store aims to be a ‘one stop shop’ for local pet owners, also providing numerous lines of pet products catering for cats and dogs, as well as aquatics, reptiles, birds and small animals. Pets at Home, founded in 1991, has more than 400 sites across the UK employing…

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Pets at Home founder honoured

Founder of Pets at Home, Anthony Preston, has been honoured with a CBE for services to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Anthony Preston launched animal care chain Pets at Home in 1991 and has joined the ranks of Britain’s business bosses receiving a CBE. The first store opened in Chester before it was built to a nationwide chain, and later sold for £230million in 2004. The group now has nearly 400 stores and current management are said to be keen to expand further. Also among the New Year’s Honours 2016 were YO! Sushi boss Robin Rowland, easyJet boss Carolyn McCall and…

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Tesco to trial pet grooming services


Tesco is set to trial pet grooming services at its largest stores. The chain is planning to open a ‘Pet Den’ in its Culverhouse Cross store in Cardiff, providing grooming services to cats and dogs while their owners shop, according to reports. The trial is said to be part of chief executive Dave Lewis’ aim to repurpose Tesco’s Extra supermarkets. Speaking to the Telegraph, a spokesman said: “We’re always looking at new ways our stores can best serve the needs of local customers, so we decided to trial introducing some great brands to give stores which complement our existing offer,…

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Changes to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club has announced the latest set of recommendations which it has added to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding in 2016. The new recommendations have been introduced following consultations with breed clubs and councils, in a collaborative effort to ensure that health and welfare issues are kept at the forefront of the aims of the scheme. Bill Lambert, Kennel Club health and breeder services manager, said: “As we head into 2016, these latest recommendations will help to maintain progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices to protect the future…

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PATS prepares for a successful 2016


Following a record-breaking 2015, which included the first ever PATS Telford show, organisers of the UK’s leading pet trade exhibition are confident that 2016 will see even greater success for the event. Plans are now well advanced for PATS Sandown, which takes place on 22 to 23 March 2016, with over 140 leading companies within the industry having already secured their stand space. And while previous exhibitors have made sure they have re-booked early, a host of new and international exhibitors have chosen to unveil their 2016 launches at the show. The second PATS Telford, being held on September 25…

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Ceva announces biggest ever TV ad campaign


Ceva Animal Health has launched its biggest ever TV advertising campaign to highlight the benefits of using its leading veterinary behaviour products, Adaptil and Feliway. Both adverts focus on the real stories of pets that suffer from anxiety. With the strapline ‘best behaviour starts here’ for dogs, the advert aims to help educate pet owners on the action they can take to keep their dogs happier when they are left at home alone through the use of Adaptil. Feliway’s TV advertisement features the strapline ‘experience the difference in your home’ and focuses on the real life story of a rescue…

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Eukanuba offers Christmas advice for pet owners


Eukanuba has released a list of human food that can be harmful and toxic to pets this Christmas, particularly dogs, and are urging pet owners to think twice about feeding their pets food from the table this festive season. To help maintain all-round wellbeing, Eukanuba says that dogs require a diet of digestible ingredients including protein from chicken, turkey, lamb or fish, fats for a healthy coats, carbohydrates for energy, moderately fermentable fibres to aid digestion as well as vitamins and minerals. Eukanuba’s veterinary expert Kellie Ceccarelli has offered her advice on food types to keep away from your pets…

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Forthglade unveils new website


Forthglade, the Devon-based manufacturer of natural pet food, is launching a new website this week as part of a new marketing drive to support the brand’s growth plans, following the recent £6m investment from private equity firm Piper. A substantial investment into has seen a total website overhaul, making the site fully responsive across smartphones, tablets and desktops, and using the latest web technologies implementing subtle animations and interactive elements. The site includes a new e-commerce element and provides more in-depth detail about the ranges, ingredients, feeding guidelines and product news. A new stockist search engine has also been…

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Nutriment founder awarded top business accolade


Nutriment’s highly successful 2015 has been topped off by Suzanne Brock winning NatWest Business Woman of the Year at the everywoman awards on 2 December. The award follows two Startup Awards won by Suzanne and the Nutriment team in November. The accolades resonate with Suzanne who in 2013 had to re-mortgage her house to get the Nutriment project off the ground when her local bank pulled out. As hard as the bank’s actions were to stomach at the time, Suzanne remains adamant that their reticence was integral to Nutriment’s subsequent success. She commented: “I learned early on to be very…

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FURminator exposes our festive habits


New research from FURminator has revealed our habits regarding Christmas and our pets. Toys, treats, new beds, collars and leads are the most popular choices when it comes to buying presents, with almost a quarter of pet owners spending up to £70 on gifts for their pets. A third of participants said that they would wrap their presents, whilst one in five are choosing to cook their pets a Christmas dinner. The research also revealed that during the festive season almost half of Brits take their pets to visit friends and family. Giuliano Buccino, head of marketing, said: “Christmas is…

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