September 23, 2017

The Dog Walker scoops Best Small Company award

The Dog Walker

Yorkshire’s multi-award winning pet care and well-being specialist The Dog Walker has won Best Small Company at the Harrogate Business Awards 2015. The company founded in 2006 by Richie Womersley previously won the regional Local Business Accelerator Award in Yorkshire and was named as a finalist in the Small Business of the Year category at both the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business awards and the York Press Business Awards. Womersley who was previously crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 said: “We are so thrilled to add Best Small Company to our award wins. “The past year has seen…

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Forthglade Extends Senior Team


Forthglade Natural Pet Foods based in Winkleigh, Devon has boosted its team with senior appointments in sales, marketing and production. Bill Kimberling has joined the pet food brand as head of sales, while Rebecca Caradine has been appointed PR and marketing manager. Paul Gray has joined Forthglade as operations manager from Mars Pet Care and Les Down joins from Yeo Valley to further support the production process and operational elements of the business. Gerard Lovell, joint MD at Forthglade said “We’re proud of where Forthglade has come and what’s been achieved in the four years since we took on the…

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PetQuip Business Village comes to Glee 2015


The organisers of Glee have confirmed that this year’s event will benefit from the introduction of the PetQuip Business Village. The new area will see PetQuip – the UK’s leading trade association for suppliers of pet products, accessories and services – bring together member and non-member pet suppliers to create a leading showcase of those pet brands wanting to build a presence within garden retailers. The village will provide pet suppliers of all sizes with a platform to launch and showcase their 2016 ranges to garden retail buyers and key decision makers. The dedicated ‘Business Village’ will be located close…

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Vets4Pets Barnsley achieves hospital status


Yorkshire veterinary practice has become the first in the Vets4Pets Group to achieve hospital status in the UK. Vets4Pets Barnsley is now able to provide 24 hour on-site out of hours emergency availability of vet team, the use of the latest technology and equipment and carry out advanced surgical procedure, including keyhole surgery and diagnostics. The practice in Barnsley treats over 50,000 patients a year and has grown by over 1,700 per cent in just 13 years. It also has a hydrotherapy pool to help rehabilitate injured patients. The centre will now provide specialist care for pets with heart problems…

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PATS Telford set to be biggest show yet


PATS Telford is set to be the biggest show in the UK’s pet trade show seven-year history. It will be the first year that PATS takes place at Telford International Centre with more exhibition space than ever before. More than 150 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting on September 27-28, with the show on the verge of becoming a sell-out. The PATS team is attending this week’s Zoomark show in Italy with the aim of driving even more international interest in PATS Telford. “UK pet products are very popular overseas, and representatives from international pet companies can see…

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Award win for St. Neots Pets Corner

Pets Corner

  Pets Corner staff from the St. Neots store won the Best Customer Services award at the St. Neots Community & Business Awards, after being nominated by a customer. The awards honoured local businesses and services for a whole host of achievements including customer services, top employer, best sports club and business of the year. Dean Richmond, Managing Director of Pets Corner said: “We value our staff greatly at Pets Corner and believe they all have something to give. “The St. Neots store has done incredibly well and their sales have gone from strength to strength. Well done team!”

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Pet Pyjamas recognises pet-friendly hotel

Pets Pyjamas

PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its inaugural Pet-Friendly Travel Awards. The UK’s leading pet-friendly travel company recognizes those special destinations that go the extra mile for their customers. The Golden Bone Award for Overall Best Pet-Friendly Establishment was given to The Old Swan & Minster Mill. Other notable winners included; Hotel Endsleigh (Most Romantic Pet Friendly Establishment); Combe House Devon (Best Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel); Four Seasons Hampshire (Best Resident Dog); Spread Eagle: (Best Pet Programme); Eurotunnel (Best Pet-Friendly Carrier); and B&B Edinburgh (Best Pet Welcome by Front of House Team). CEO of PetsPyjamas, Gracia Amico, said: “We created the…

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PDSA report finds obesity rise


The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report say four out of five veterinary professionals have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years. Obesity is the number one concern among vets when it comes to dogs but PDSA found nearly half the people surveyed are not aware it’s a major issue. This is a huge concern given that 80% of vets and vet nurses believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years’ time. Nicola Martin, PDSA head of pet health and welfare added: “PDSA’s research has shown that pet obesity is…

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PIF receives accreditation for international trade shows


The Pet Industry Federation has become accredited for the UKTI’s Trade Access Programme. The organisation will work with UKTI to develop and deliver a programme of customer support at international trade shows. TAP provides funding in the form of grants for eligible UK businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The accreditation means that PIF will be able to lead groups at overseas trade shows, and UK pet businesses who wish to get into exports will be able to apply for funding from UKTI through PIF to attend these shows. Nigel Baker, PIF chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to have…

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Data shows decrease in UK pet population


The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Associations has revealed that the UK’s pet populations has reduced by 16% over the last three years in the UK. The annual pet population data released by the PFMA revealed the pet population has fallen by 10.8 million over three years and 2% fewer households have a pet. The 2014-15 figures confirm there are around 58.4m pets in the UK compared to 64.9m in 2013-14 and 69.2m in 2012-13. The number of households with pets has fallen to 12m (46%) from 13m (48%) in the same period. Michael Bellingham, PFMA chief executive comments on the results:…

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