September 23, 2017

  • Rehoming

    Pet shop provides chew toys for puppy charity

    Just for Pets on Tallow Hill in Worcester is providing “Kong” toys to the locally-based Protection of Unwanted Puppies Society (PUPS) which, to date, “has rehomed more than 1300 puppies to loving homes”. Sheila Tremellen MBE of PUPS recently took along three pups to the pet shop, to collect their toys. She said: “At present a litter of eight German Shepherd cross puppies are being cared for and, although five have already found new owners, three of them are hoping to be chosen soon. “Just for Pets are donating some new indestructible toys, manufactured by Kong, to keep the puppies…

  • Marketing

    Group55 appoints new marketing executive

    Group55 have recently welcomed Claire Henton to the company as their new marketing executive. Claire joins the business from a consumer healthcare background where she successfully managed the marketing activities for numerous award-winning brands and products. With an in-depth understanding of marketing as a whole & with a wealth of experience in digital media, SEO and branding Claire will support the continued development of Group55’s already established brands as well as working with the company’s private label customers helping retailers and brand owners develop their private label strategies. Stephen Turner, Group55’s Managing Director, said; “Twenty years ago marketing was easy;…

  • Fish

    Fish4Dogs: Going Dotty for Dalmatians

    Fish4Dogs is expecting the patter of tiny feet – 404 of them to be exact – as a supporter of a festive theatre production of Dodie Smith’s magical tale of The One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The ‘spot-acular’ festive offering is being staged at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 30 November to 13 January. Fish4Dogs’ sponsorship not only supports one of the country’s leading repertory theatres, which as a registered charity relies on the support of individual donors, trusts and sponsors, but is also helping Hearing Dogs for Deaf People which as a result of a unique partnership with The REP,…

  • Rutherglen

    Rutherglen shop is haven for furry and feathery friends

    Rabbits, hamsters, budgies and reptiles welcomed shoppers to Burnside at the weekend as a new pet shop opened its doors. Creature Comforts on Stonelaw Road is the brainchild of Ann and Graeme Wilson, who both hail from the village. The husband and wife team officially opened the business last week with an open day full of fun and furry animals. Ann said: “The shop is a bit unusual in that it sells pets and pet supplies. We have a range of pets, anything from hamsters to guinea-pigs, rabbits, budgies and reptiles. “We are currently looking to gauge the popularity of…

  • Opening

    First store opens on new Haverhill Retail Park

    The first of four shops at the new Haverhill Retail Park is now up and running after Pets at Home opened last Friday. The Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr David Roach, was on hand to perform the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon at the new store in Ehringshausen Way. Cllr Roach, said: “We are pleased to welcome a new business to the local area, which will contribute to the new Haverhill retail park and bring more shopping options and jobs to the town.” The retail park on the former Project Office Furniture site will also house Lidl and Home Bargains, with a further…

FEATURES

dog food

Top 5 pet food retailers

Jun 20, 2017

We all love pets and all of us who have are expected to take good care of them. Nutrition is extremely important for the proper development of our pets. In their young age, they should be fed in a proper manner in order to give them a healthy life. To achieve this, you can rely on grown-up food recommended by a veterinary physician. Now that health’s been mentioned, there are numerous ways of treating whatever your pet may have with different types of food, which is also produced by these pet food giants. Needless to say, without them, we would…

Junk

Pet Food Pledge outlines ‘Dog Food Nasties’ Watch-List

May 17, 2017

Today sees the launch of the world’s first Pet Food Pledge and a national awareness campaign urging pet owners to critically assess what’s in their dog’s diet. Just as parents carefully avoid ‘nasties’ in their children’s food, dog owners are being encouraged to do the same for their beloved four-legged friends. The campaign is backed by research highlighting that 85% of UK dog owners are unsure of the ingredients in today’s dog food, with less than a fifth surveyed (19%), actually stopping to read the ingredients in their pet’s food*. Forthglade, a Devon-based natural dog food company established in 1971,…

Fishkeeping

Tetra’s key account manager shares his top tips on looking after fish over summer holidays

Apr 28, 2017

With the weather warming up summer feels only a few weeks away, which means holiday season is on the horizon. Although this can fill some with joy it can be a nerve wracking time for fishkeepers, especially those new to the hobby, who may be worried about leaving their fish for a period of time. Despite this, fish are a great pet as unlike fluffier companions they can be left during holidays as long as you provide them with the right care. There are a number of things retailers can do to not only put your consumers’ minds at ease…

Survey

IAMS conduct new survey on pet health

Apr 19, 2017

With 54 million pets estimated to live in the UK, and 16.5million of them cats and dogs, it’s fair to say that the UK is a nation of animal lovers. The nutrition experts at IAMS have put the nation’s pet parenting skills to the test, with results revealing that pet owners aren’t as animal savvy as they could be. The survey of 200 UK pet owners reveals there is an art to mealtimes. The typical UK dog or cat will enjoy breakfast at 7.43am with dinner being served 10 hours and 55 minutes later, at precisely 6.28pm. 94% of dog…

NEWS

Rehoming

Pet shop provides chew toys for puppy charity

Just for Pets on Tallow Hill in Worcester is providing “Kong” toys to the locally-based Protection of Unwanted Puppies Society (PUPS) which, to date, “has rehomed more than 1300 puppies to loving homes”. Sheila Tremellen MBE of PUPS recently took along three pups to the pet shop, to collect their toys. She said: “At present a litter of eight German Shepherd cross puppies are being cared for and, although five have already found new owners, three of them are hoping to be chosen soon. “Just for Pets are donating some new indestructible toys, manufactured by Kong, to keep the puppies…

Marketing

Group55 appoints new marketing executive

Group55 have recently welcomed Claire Henton to the company as their new marketing executive. Claire joins the business from a consumer healthcare background where she successfully managed the marketing activities for numerous award-winning brands and products. With an in-depth understanding of marketing as a whole & with a wealth of experience in digital media, SEO and branding Claire will support the continued development of Group55’s already established brands as well as working with the company’s private label customers helping retailers and brand owners develop their private label strategies. Stephen Turner, Group55’s Managing Director, said; “Twenty years ago marketing was easy;…

Rutherglen

Rutherglen shop is haven for furry and feathery friends

Rabbits, hamsters, budgies and reptiles welcomed shoppers to Burnside at the weekend as a new pet shop opened its doors. Creature Comforts on Stonelaw Road is the brainchild of Ann and Graeme Wilson, who both hail from the village. The husband and wife team officially opened the business last week with an open day full of fun and furry animals. Ann said: “The shop is a bit unusual in that it sells pets and pet supplies. We have a range of pets, anything from hamsters to guinea-pigs, rabbits, budgies and reptiles. “We are currently looking to gauge the popularity of…

Opening

First store opens on new Haverhill Retail Park

The first of four shops at the new Haverhill Retail Park is now up and running after Pets at Home opened last Friday. The Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr David Roach, was on hand to perform the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon at the new store in Ehringshausen Way. Cllr Roach, said: “We are pleased to welcome a new business to the local area, which will contribute to the new Haverhill retail park and bring more shopping options and jobs to the town.” The retail park on the former Project Office Furniture site will also house Lidl and Home Bargains, with a further…

Pooch

Pooch & Mutt Donate Over 9,000 Meals To Charity

As part of Pooch & Mutt’s mission to help all dogs lead happy, healthy lives, the company has recently donated over 9,000 meals of their complete, grain-free food to a host of UK charities. Commenting on the generous donations, founder Guy Blaskey says; “We’re a relatively small company compared to some of the bigger brands, but we still want to give back. A lot of these charities rely solely on volunteers and donations to be able to run and function properly. Without people and companies like us offering support, they would struggle to help as many animals as they do”….

navy

Ex-Royal Navy Katie now steers pet professionals

Aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, Katie Tovey-Grindlay helped support Harrier jet pilots as a Communications & Information Systems Specialist Back ashore, she’s redeployed her comms expertise to support entrepreneurs in the UK’s thriving £4.6bn pet sector – and also helps pet businesses overseas FIVE MILLION Twitter followers now use a fan base she’s created named #WoofWoofWednesday FROM SHIP-SHAPE TO WOOF-WOOF: Former Royal Navy Able Rating Katie Tovey-Grindlay (left) recruited her own crew of pet industry clients after re-launching her career Katie is now available for interview Aboard the Royal Navy flagship aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal,…

Dragons

Dragons Warm To Huxley’s Better-for-You Veggie Treats (PLUS Launch of Vibrant NEW Packaging)

It’s not even a year since Huxley Hound tentatively took to the national PATS stage to promote its pioneering portfolio of ‘nutritiously dense’ organic veggie treats. A few months on and Huxley Hound has made significant strides within the realm of health conscious dog treats; no mean feat when your iconic brand ambassador is a vertically-challenged dachshund with small feet. This September Huxley Hound proudly unveils its NEW, vibrant packaging (courtesy of We Launch), hot on the heels of a fruitful cameo on Dragon’s Den, where new Dragons Jenny Campbell & Tej Levlani  warmed to Huxley’s veg-friendly pet treat vision,…

UK

Top ‘barks’ for puppy graduates across the UK this Puppy Awareness Week

Natures Menu, the UK and Europe’s number one expert in raw, is celebrating with Puppy Awareness Week alongside partner Puppy School with puppy graduation classes across the UK. Puppy Awareness Week is a Kennel Club initiative which aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives by spreading the ‘be puppy aware’ message. To mark this week , Natures Menu has been rewarding puppy graduates with tasty nutritious treats and offering advice to puppy parents on responsible raw feeding and how to provide a complete and balanced diet as they grow into dog-hood. The groups of puppies and their…

pooch

Pooch & Mutt donate over 9,000 meals to charity

As part of Pooch & Mutt’s mission to help all dogs lead happy, healthy lives, the company has recently donated over 9,000 meals of their complete, grain-free food to a host of UK charities. Commenting on the generous donations, founder Guy Blaskey said: “We’re a relatively small company compared to some of the bigger brands, but we still want to give back. A lot of these charities rely solely on volunteers and donations to be able to run and function properly. Without people and companies like us offering support, they would struggle to help as many animals as they do”….

NEON

NEW NEON lead for better visibility introduced by flexi

See and be seen: That was the motivation behind the new flexi NEW NEON retractable lead. Combining a highly attractive design with additional safety features proved to be a challenging but satisfying mission. While the striking neon coloured tape gives other pedestrians a sense of security at night, when they see that the dog is on a flexi lead, the honeycombed structured reflector sheets on both sides of the casing mirror headlights from passing cars giving the lead a radiant shine in the dark. The proven short-stroke braking system – designed in bright neon – sets the standard for durability and comfort. The optional Multi Box…

Ancol

Ancol Pet Products welcomes new product manager

Ancol Pet Products has appointed Tom Gwilliam as their product manager. Tom joins Ancol from Jaguar Land Rover where he worked for two years and previously, Tom had some years of experience in the pet industry. Tom, along with his team, will be responsible for developing new products and brands and describes himself as a creative and ambitious individual. Sarah Lane, sales director of Ancol Pet Products said: “Tom is a great addition to our team and with his knowledge and flair we are confident that he will contribute greatly to our company’s future development.”

WildWash

WildWash receive multiple nominations for Petquip 2017 Awards

WildWash’s mother company Pet Revolution have been nominated as finalists in the Petquip 2017 Awards for Exporter of the Year Category and the Product of the Year Category for their award winning WildWash Flea and Bug Repellent. They have also been shortlisted as finalists for the GHP Animal Health and Wellness Awards 2017 and Corporate Livewire Innovation and Excellence awards 2018 This has been a great year already for WildWash after winning at PATS Sandown and being awarded Ethical Accreditation from The Ethical Company Organisation. Their WildWash Flea and Bug Repellent has been a huge success. The product represents a…

Ardonagh

Healthy Pets bought by Ardonagh Group

Towergate-owner Ardonagh Group has bought Healthy Pets. Healthy Pets was founded in 1996 and is based in Petersfield, Hampshire, and specialises in insurance products for both cats and dogs. David Ross, chief executive officer of The Ardonagh Group, commented: “Healthy Pets is a fantastic business which we have admired from a distance for some time. What’s exciting to us is the opportunity to broaden our portfolio and to do so with a business which knows their market inside out.” He continued: “To be adding brands and businesses to the Ardonagh family so soon after its initial creation is truly exciting, signifying as it does a momentum we see and…

Pizza

Dog cafe sells beer, chocolate and pizza for dogs

A new pet shop devoted to dogs has been set up with unique and wonderful items for sale. Mad About Paws in Roborough opened its doors two weeks ago and business has been thriving. The store, next to Tesco Extra, is the brain-child of Director Emma Smith who said demand was so high for dog items in its sister store The Pet Express that a new shop devoted to a man’s best friend was essential. The store has everything from sweet treats including dog-friendly doughnuts, cupcakes, waffles and ice creams to savoury pizzas and pretzels as well as ‘alcoholic’ beers…

Kitchen

Lily’s Kitchen makes significant investment in first ever brand campaign

The British producer of naturally nutritious, proper food for pets, Lily’s Kitchen (www.lilyskitchen.co.uk), is set to invest in media worth £1.5 million in its first ever above the line campaign, to further drive brand awareness and brand love, from September 2017. ‘It’s not loopy, it’s love’ is a playful celebration of all things we do out of love for our pets. The 360 degree campaign – which includes outdoor, print, digital and PR – will lift the lid on family behaviours only pet owners understand, from eating Sunday Lunch together and choosing only dog friendly restaurants to eat in, to…

Independent

Independent pet shop to open on Hampshire high street

An independent family-run pet shop is to open in Winchester. Paul Connell and his wife Lynn are to open their business at 65b on the High Street, with an opening date set for mid-September. The couple moved to Winchester from London four months ago where Lynn ran a pet store for 16 years. The news will be welcomed by some residents worried about the number of chains moving into vacant units in the city centre. On Winchester High Street, Zoe Jewellers and Next have closed their doors, but at the same time Turtle Bay is due to move in at the…

BBQ

Hot dogs and crafty cats takeover one in five bank holiday BBQs

With the bank holiday upon us, many Brits will be planning a summer barbeque with friends and family – and that includes our pets. This provides the perfect opportunity for retailers to share their knowledge on the importance of not feeding cats and dogs human food no matter how much they beg, positioning themselves as experts in nutrition and pet care. With research from IAMS highlighting that one in five (20%) British Bank Holiday BBQs are expected to have animal guests, the survey of 2,000 pet owners1 reveals that the smell of sizzling sausages will have half (50%) of pets…

PATS

Excitement builds as PATS Telford gets set for epic show

The excitement is building as the pet industry gears up for one of its biggest events of the year…PATS Telford on Sunday and Monday, September 24-25. All the latest innovations, exciting new product launches, unrivalled networking opportunities and future trends come together to create the industry’s most thriving exhibition. Visitors can expect to see over 300 brands being exhibited at PATS Telford with the industry’s leading companies, plus a growing number of new businesses, ready to showcase their products and services. Final preparations are being made as the eagerly awaited exhibition gets set to open its doors at Telford International…

Game

Peter Dinklage and PETA urge consumers to stop buying huskies

The popularity of Game of Thrones and the Stark dire wolves has spurned a significant rise in Britain towards consumers buying Huskies. This phenomenon, known as the “Dalmatian Effect” after a similar surge following the film 101 Dalmatians, has led to pleas from local shelters, as many of these huskies are being abandoned—as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. According to the Blue Cross, 81 huskies were abandoned in the UK last year – compared to just 10 abandoned huskies in 2010, the year before Game of Thrones aired for the first time. Examples…

Natures Menu

Introducing Eukanuba NaturePlus+

A desire for natural food is continuing to influence the pet food industry, as pet owners reflect their own eating behaviour in their pet’s diets. Thanks to Eukanuba’s new launch – NaturePlus+ – there is no longer a need to compromise on important added health benefits and core nutritional needs. NaturePlus+ combines all of the benefits of naturally sourced ingredients with the power of science to provide owners with a nutritional choice that they can be confident will support the lifelong health and wellbeing of their pet. NaturePlus+ provides dogs with a healthy complete and balanced meal that is true…

Award

Entry to 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards soon to close

Entry for the Pet Industry Federation Awards is quick, simple and absolutely free. To be in with a chance of winning retailers need to outline, in no more than 500 words, why they think their business should receive the award. Judging criteria and entry is available online at www.petbusinessworld.co.uk The winners will be announced at the 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner, which will take place at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 28 November, and tickets are on sale now. The spectacular birthday-themed evening will provide the backdrop for the celebration of our thriving industry, as PIF celebrates…

Dangerous

Take the Sting out of the Dangerous Dogs Act

Data analysed by the campaigning organisation Born Innocent, has revealed that people are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting than a dog attack. Since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has just had its twenty sixth-year anniversary, the average number of deaths due to dog bites in the UK is 2.8 people per year.  This is in contrast to the average number of bites for the ten years before the introduction of the Act, which was 1.1 per year. That is a rise of 155% The number of dogs is believed to have increased…

Franprix

Pooch & Mutt’s Guy Blaskey talks foreign exports with BBC Breakfast following Franprix launch

Watched by around six million people every day, the UK’s most popular breakfast news programme recently interviewed Pooch & Mutt founder Guy Blaskey. With regular presenters of the show including Charlie Stayt, the interview saw Blaskey discuss languages and foreign exports within business. Rapid growth since its 2008 launch now sees Pooch & Mutt available worldwide with exports including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Singapore, New Zeland, Dubai and India. Following a trial in Casino stores back in April, last week French grocery store Franprix launched a selection of Pooch & Mutt products. With stores located in and around Paris, Franprix offers a…

Snake

Nottingham pet shop encourages children to consider adopting a pet snake

A shop in Stapleford held a workshop today (Mon, August 7) to introduce children to keeping pet reptiles – such as dragons, geckos and chameleons. Most kids and their parents are spending the summer holidays going abroad or enjoying the UK but this group of youngsters had a very different experience. The Japanese Water Garden pet shop taught twelve children and their parents how to look after reptiles. Wendy Langford, 50, the shop’s director, said: “With reptile keeping, it can sound a bit daunting but it is all about getting the right environment for them. “We want to break down the myth that a…