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Skinner’s has announced it is purchasing part of Naturediet to form a new “strategic partnership” in a bid to “propel the growth of both businesses.” The pet food company has invested alongside Daniel Masters, managing director of Naturediet, which sees Skinner’s acquiring a majority shareholding and facilitating an exit for the founding Orrow family.  Combined revenues following the acquisition are expected to reach £24m and it is believed that the partnership will enable both businesses to fast-track their growth trajectory, whilst bringing the two key markets (wet and dry) together to form an all-inclusive offering inhouse.  The enlarged Skinner’s group will continue to operate from the group’s two separate locations in East Anglia. Tim Hansell, CEO of Skinner’s said: “Naturediet operates one of the most technologically advanced wet manufacturing facilities in Europe and was one of the first pet food brands in Europe to invest in the highly innovative and sustainable Tetra Pak carton packaging format.  “In the years ahead, we believe the consumer will increasingly look to move away from plastic pouches, plastic trays and tin cans to more environmentally sustainable packaging solutions such as Tetra Pak cartons. We believe that Naturediet has a great future as part of the Skinner’s group.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Skinner’s has announced it is purchasing part of Naturediet to form a new “strategic partnership” in a bid to “propel the growth of both businesses.” The pet food company has invested alongside Daniel Masters, managing director of Naturediet, which sees Skinner’s acquiring a majority shareholding and facilitating an exit for the founding Orrow family.  Combined revenues following the acquisition are expected to reach £24m and it is believed that the partnership will enable both businesses to fast-track their growth trajectory, whilst bringing the two key markets (wet and dry) together to form an all-inclusive offering inhouse.  The enlarged Skinner’s group will continue to operate from the group’s two separate locations in East Anglia. Tim Hansell, CEO of Skinner’s said: “Naturediet operates one of the most technologically advanced wet manufacturing facilities in Europe and was one of the first pet food brands in Europe to invest in the highly innovative and sustainable Tetra Pak carton packaging format.  “In the years ahead, we believe the consumer will increasingly look to move away from plastic pouches, plastic trays and tin cans to more environmentally sustainable packaging solutions such as Tetra Pak cartons. We believe that Naturediet has a great future as part of the Skinner’s group.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Skinner’s has announced it is purchasing part of Naturediet to form a new “strategic partnership” in a bid to “propel the growth of both businesses.” The pet food company has invested alongside Daniel Masters, managing director of Naturediet, which sees Skinner’s acquiring a majority shareholding and facilitating an exit for the founding Orrow family.  Combined revenues following the acquisition are expected to reach £24m and it is believed that the partnership will enable both businesses to fast-track their growth trajectory, whilst bringing the two key markets (wet and dry) together to form an all-inclusive offering inhouse.  The enlarged Skinner’s group will continue to operate from the group’s two separate locations in East Anglia. Tim Hansell, CEO of Skinner’s said: “Naturediet operates one of the most technologically advanced wet manufacturing facilities in Europe and was one of the first pet food brands in Europe to invest in the highly innovative and sustainable Tetra Pak carton packaging format.  “In the years ahead, we believe the consumer will increasingly look to move away from plastic pouches, plastic trays and tin cans to more environmentally sustainable packaging solutions such as Tetra Pak cartons. We believe that Naturediet has a great future as part of the Skinner’s group.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
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Armitage Pet Care has been sold for £140m by owner Rutland Partners to US-based Spectrum Brands. The Nottingham-based pet supply business is an independent supplier of branded pet treats and toys in the UK, trading mainly through the Good Boy brand. Rutland acquired Armitage in September 2017 and recruited Mark Andrews as the business’ CEO. Since the acquisition, Armitage’s sales have grown by 50% to over £65m and the Good Boy brand has secured a spot in the UK’s top 100 grocery challenger brands. Ben Slatter, partner at Rutland, said: “We are delighted with this very strong outcome for our investors in Rutland Fund III.  Armitage has delivered consistent growth by developing on-trend premium natural products in a very attractive niche within the pet category.   “We worked closely with the team at Armitage to provide everything the business required to create a strong platform to fuel this growth.  We wish Mark and the team all the best for the future.” Mark Andrews, CEO of Armitage, said:  “I’d like to thank Rutland for their partnership and support over the last three years.  Together we have achieved a total transformation of Armitage and it has been a pleasure to work with them.   “Looking forward we are extremely well placed to continue to grow our brands and build on our market leading position.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Armitage Pet Care has been sold for £140m by owner Rutland Partners to US-based Spectrum Brands. The Nottingham-based pet supply business is an independent supplier of branded pet treats and toys in the UK, trading mainly through the Good Boy brand. Rutland acquired Armitage in September 2017 and recruited Mark Andrews as the business’ CEO. Since the acquisition, Armitage’s sales have grown by 50% to over £65m and the Good Boy brand has secured a spot in the UK’s top 100 grocery challenger brands. Ben Slatter, partner at Rutland, said: “We are delighted with this very strong outcome for our investors in Rutland Fund III.  Armitage has delivered consistent growth by developing on-trend premium natural products in a very attractive niche within the pet category.   “We worked closely with the team at Armitage to provide everything the business required to create a strong platform to fuel this growth.  We wish Mark and the team all the best for the future.” Mark Andrews, CEO of Armitage, said:  “I’d like to thank Rutland for their partnership and support over the last three years.  Together we have achieved a total transformation of Armitage and it has been a pleasure to work with them.   “Looking forward we are extremely well placed to continue to grow our brands and build on our market leading position.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Armitage Pet Care has been sold for £140m by owner Rutland Partners to US-based Spectrum Brands. The Nottingham-based pet supply business is an independent supplier of branded pet treats and toys in the UK, trading mainly through the Good Boy brand. Rutland acquired Armitage in September 2017 and recruited Mark Andrews as the business’ CEO. Since the acquisition, Armitage’s sales have grown by 50% to over £65m and the Good Boy brand has secured a spot in the UK’s top 100 grocery challenger brands. Ben Slatter, partner at Rutland, said: “We are delighted with this very strong outcome for our investors in Rutland Fund III.  Armitage has delivered consistent growth by developing on-trend premium natural products in a very attractive niche within the pet category.   “We worked closely with the team at Armitage to provide everything the business required to create a strong platform to fuel this growth.  We wish Mark and the team all the best for the future.” Mark Andrews, CEO of Armitage, said:  “I’d like to thank Rutland for their partnership and support over the last three years.  Together we have achieved a total transformation of Armitage and it has been a pleasure to work with them.   “Looking forward we are extremely well placed to continue to grow our brands and build on our market leading position.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
PetSafe Brand has announced the launch of three new products to keep pets “as healthy and happy as possible” ahead of the winter period.  The new products include the PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain and PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder, both from the business’ Water & Feed range, as well as the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door from its Pet Doors range. The PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain holds up to 1.8 l of fresh, recirculating water. The ceramic fountain makes it suitable for cats and small dogs, according to Petsafe.  The brand added that the product has a “whisper-quiet flow”, making it “easily approachable for timid pets”. The fountain also has a pump and replaceable charcoal and foam filters, as well as a compact shape. It is easy to clean and dishwasher safe, making it a “hygienic way for owners to keep their pet hydrated and healthy”. PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder is a “handy feeder” that lets owners feed their pets at any time, whether they are home or away.  The removable BPA-free tray has two compartments, and each holds up to 355 ml of dry kibble. To schedule pet’s meals, owners can turn the dial timers up to 24 hours ahead of time, in 30-minute increments.  The tamper-resistant design keeps pets from opening the feeder ahead of mealtime and its tip-proof base hides a secure battery compartment. It is reportedly easy to clean and has a removable dishwasher-safe tray. In addition, the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door is the latest product in Petsafe pet doors range, and is suitable for pets weighing up to 100 kg. It has an adjustable three-flap system with a magnetic seal to keep the weather outside. For added protection, the centre flap is fully insulated. To control their pet’s outside access and keep stray animals out of their home, owners can use the slide-in closing panel.  Its durable metal frame has reinforced aluminium corners and is designed to handle active and multi-pet households. It can be fitted into panelled, wood, PVC and metal doors 3.75-5 cm thick.  Rob Steele, marketing manager, PetSafe Brand said: “As a business we’re devoted to carrying out the most innovative research and developing products with advanced designs and these three new additions are testament to that.  “They are the ideal products for owners who want to put their pet’s health front and centre this winter and we’re excited to hear customers’ feedback.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
PetSafe Brand has announced the launch of three new products to keep pets “as healthy and happy as possible” ahead of the winter period.  The new products include the PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain and PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder, both from the business’ Water & Feed range, as well as the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door from its Pet Doors range. The PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain holds up to 1.8 l of fresh, recirculating water. The ceramic fountain makes it suitable for cats and small dogs, according to Petsafe.  The brand added that the product has a “whisper-quiet flow”, making it “easily approachable for timid pets”. The fountain also has a pump and replaceable charcoal and foam filters, as well as a compact shape. It is easy to clean and dishwasher safe, making it a “hygienic way for owners to keep their pet hydrated and healthy”. PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder is a “handy feeder” that lets owners feed their pets at any time, whether they are home or away.  The removable BPA-free tray has two compartments, and each holds up to 355 ml of dry kibble. To schedule pet’s meals, owners can turn the dial timers up to 24 hours ahead of time, in 30-minute increments.  The tamper-resistant design keeps pets from opening the feeder ahead of mealtime and its tip-proof base hides a secure battery compartment. It is reportedly easy to clean and has a removable dishwasher-safe tray. In addition, the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door is the latest product in Petsafe pet doors range, and is suitable for pets weighing up to 100 kg. It has an adjustable three-flap system with a magnetic seal to keep the weather outside. For added protection, the centre flap is fully insulated. To control their pet’s outside access and keep stray animals out of their home, owners can use the slide-in closing panel.  Its durable metal frame has reinforced aluminium corners and is designed to handle active and multi-pet households. It can be fitted into panelled, wood, PVC and metal doors 3.75-5 cm thick.  Rob Steele, marketing manager, PetSafe Brand said: “As a business we’re devoted to carrying out the most innovative research and developing products with advanced designs and these three new additions are testament to that.  “They are the ideal products for owners who want to put their pet’s health front and centre this winter and we’re excited to hear customers’ feedback.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
PetSafe Brand has announced the launch of three new products to keep pets “as healthy and happy as possible” ahead of the winter period.  The new products include the PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain and PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder, both from the business’ Water & Feed range, as well as the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door from its Pet Doors range. The PetSafe Streamside Ceramic Pet Fountain holds up to 1.8 l of fresh, recirculating water. The ceramic fountain makes it suitable for cats and small dogs, according to Petsafe.  The brand added that the product has a “whisper-quiet flow”, making it “easily approachable for timid pets”. The fountain also has a pump and replaceable charcoal and foam filters, as well as a compact shape. It is easy to clean and dishwasher safe, making it a “hygienic way for owners to keep their pet hydrated and healthy”. PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder is a “handy feeder” that lets owners feed their pets at any time, whether they are home or away.  The removable BPA-free tray has two compartments, and each holds up to 355 ml of dry kibble. To schedule pet’s meals, owners can turn the dial timers up to 24 hours ahead of time, in 30-minute increments.  The tamper-resistant design keeps pets from opening the feeder ahead of mealtime and its tip-proof base hides a secure battery compartment. It is reportedly easy to clean and has a removable dishwasher-safe tray. In addition, the PetSafe Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door is the latest product in Petsafe pet doors range, and is suitable for pets weighing up to 100 kg. It has an adjustable three-flap system with a magnetic seal to keep the weather outside. For added protection, the centre flap is fully insulated. To control their pet’s outside access and keep stray animals out of their home, owners can use the slide-in closing panel.  Its durable metal frame has reinforced aluminium corners and is designed to handle active and multi-pet households. It can be fitted into panelled, wood, PVC and metal doors 3.75-5 cm thick.  Rob Steele, marketing manager, PetSafe Brand said: “As a business we’re devoted to carrying out the most innovative research and developing products with advanced designs and these three new additions are testament to that.  “They are the ideal products for owners who want to put their pet’s health front and centre this winter and we’re excited to hear customers’ feedback.” [...]
Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Nutravet is launching a new product, Nutramarin+, to its exclusive veterinary animal health range. According to the animal healthcare brand, Nutramarin+ is an “advanced, fast acting” triple action formula to support and maintain healthy liver function in both dogs and cats. Following the launch of Nutramarin earlier this year, Nutramarin+ provides pets with high strength double enteric coated sprinkle capsules, which allow for easier administration for animals. The triple action formula is designed to support optimal liver health by increasing the natural antioxidant levels required by the liver to maximise liver detoxification, aid the natural systems that control inflammation and help reduce free radicals. Matthew Shaw, managing director of Nutravet said: “Nutramarin has received excellent feedback since its launch in March. “Following feedback from practices and pet owners we have launched Nutramarin+ which are easy to administer sprinkle capsules.” He added: “Nutramarin+ gives pet owners a veterinary strength product that allows them to support their pet’s liver health in an easier to administer form.” Nutramarin+ is available to order directly from Nutravet authorised veterinary practices and is manufactured with minimal environmental impact and sustainability in mind and is sold in packaging made from 100% recycled materials. [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Nutravet is launching a new product, Nutramarin+, to its exclusive veterinary animal health range. According to the animal healthcare brand, Nutramarin+ is an “advanced, fast acting” triple action formula to support and maintain healthy liver function in both dogs and cats. Following the launch of Nutramarin earlier this year, Nutramarin+ provides pets with high strength double enteric coated sprinkle capsules, which allow for easier administration for animals. The triple action formula is designed to support optimal liver health by increasing the natural antioxidant levels required by the liver to maximise liver detoxification, aid the natural systems that control inflammation and help reduce free radicals. Matthew Shaw, managing director of Nutravet said: “Nutramarin has received excellent feedback since its launch in March. “Following feedback from practices and pet owners we have launched Nutramarin+ which are easy to administer sprinkle capsules.” He added: “Nutramarin+ gives pet owners a veterinary strength product that allows them to support their pet’s liver health in an easier to administer form.” Nutramarin+ is available to order directly from Nutravet authorised veterinary practices and is manufactured with minimal environmental impact and sustainability in mind and is sold in packaging made from 100% recycled materials. [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Nutravet is launching a new product, Nutramarin+, to its exclusive veterinary animal health range. According to the animal healthcare brand, Nutramarin+ is an “advanced, fast acting” triple action formula to support and maintain healthy liver function in both dogs and cats. Following the launch of Nutramarin earlier this year, Nutramarin+ provides pets with high strength double enteric coated sprinkle capsules, which allow for easier administration for animals. The triple action formula is designed to support optimal liver health by increasing the natural antioxidant levels required by the liver to maximise liver detoxification, aid the natural systems that control inflammation and help reduce free radicals. Matthew Shaw, managing director of Nutravet said: “Nutramarin has received excellent feedback since its launch in March. “Following feedback from practices and pet owners we have launched Nutramarin+ which are easy to administer sprinkle capsules.” He added: “Nutramarin+ gives pet owners a veterinary strength product that allows them to support their pet’s liver health in an easier to administer form.” Nutramarin+ is available to order directly from Nutravet authorised veterinary practices and is manufactured with minimal environmental impact and sustainability in mind and is sold in packaging made from 100% recycled materials. [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed three new directors to its board. The new members were welcomed to the group at its latest Annual General Meeting held  Ballot papers were sent to all OATA members prior to the meeting, and the final count was taken at the AGM on 14 October.  Laura Carlin from EcoMarines, Brian Schaff from TMC and Ian Paton from Pets at Home were all voted onto the board following the ballot.  The ballot also confirmed the return of Pete Carey as an OATA director in his new position with CASCO, having previously stepped down when he departed Pets at Home. In addition, Matt Stevensen of Seneye has taken over as chair after Kevin Rose from Lynchford Aquatics stepped down following a two-year stint in the position.  Rose remains as outgoing vice chair, while Carey takes on the role of incoming vice chair. OATA’s board of directors is made up of 18 people who represent the industry, including wholesalers and manufacturers as well as importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers. OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee said: “It’s great to see some new faces on the board who will bring their expertise to helping the trade association over the coming years.  “We have big issues to tackle over the coming year, from the continuing impacts of Covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the EU to the increasing pressures to limit wildlife trade, so our directors will certainly be kept busy.” He added: “I would like to thank Kevin Rose for his two-year stint as Chair and welcome Matt who has taken his place. Our Board is made up of a wide range of business people from companies which represent the whole industry and I appreciate the time they give to OATA to help us with our work. “Paul West of TMC, Mark Evenden of Devotedly Discus and Ruth Low of Gordon Low have also stepped down after long periods on the board and I would especially like to thank them all for their time supporting OATA.” [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed three new directors to its board. The new members were welcomed to the group at its latest Annual General Meeting held  Ballot papers were sent to all OATA members prior to the meeting, and the final count was taken at the AGM on 14 October.  Laura Carlin from EcoMarines, Brian Schaff from TMC and Ian Paton from Pets at Home were all voted onto the board following the ballot.  The ballot also confirmed the return of Pete Carey as an OATA director in his new position with CASCO, having previously stepped down when he departed Pets at Home. In addition, Matt Stevensen of Seneye has taken over as chair after Kevin Rose from Lynchford Aquatics stepped down following a two-year stint in the position.  Rose remains as outgoing vice chair, while Carey takes on the role of incoming vice chair. OATA’s board of directors is made up of 18 people who represent the industry, including wholesalers and manufacturers as well as importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers. OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee said: “It’s great to see some new faces on the board who will bring their expertise to helping the trade association over the coming years.  “We have big issues to tackle over the coming year, from the continuing impacts of Covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the EU to the increasing pressures to limit wildlife trade, so our directors will certainly be kept busy.” He added: “I would like to thank Kevin Rose for his two-year stint as Chair and welcome Matt who has taken his place. Our Board is made up of a wide range of business people from companies which represent the whole industry and I appreciate the time they give to OATA to help us with our work. “Paul West of TMC, Mark Evenden of Devotedly Discus and Ruth Low of Gordon Low have also stepped down after long periods on the board and I would especially like to thank them all for their time supporting OATA.” [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed three new directors to its board. The new members were welcomed to the group at its latest Annual General Meeting held  Ballot papers were sent to all OATA members prior to the meeting, and the final count was taken at the AGM on 14 October.  Laura Carlin from EcoMarines, Brian Schaff from TMC and Ian Paton from Pets at Home were all voted onto the board following the ballot.  The ballot also confirmed the return of Pete Carey as an OATA director in his new position with CASCO, having previously stepped down when he departed Pets at Home. In addition, Matt Stevensen of Seneye has taken over as chair after Kevin Rose from Lynchford Aquatics stepped down following a two-year stint in the position.  Rose remains as outgoing vice chair, while Carey takes on the role of incoming vice chair. OATA’s board of directors is made up of 18 people who represent the industry, including wholesalers and manufacturers as well as importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers. OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee said: “It’s great to see some new faces on the board who will bring their expertise to helping the trade association over the coming years.  “We have big issues to tackle over the coming year, from the continuing impacts of Covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the EU to the increasing pressures to limit wildlife trade, so our directors will certainly be kept busy.” He added: “I would like to thank Kevin Rose for his two-year stint as Chair and welcome Matt who has taken his place. Our Board is made up of a wide range of business people from companies which represent the whole industry and I appreciate the time they give to OATA to help us with our work. “Paul West of TMC, Mark Evenden of Devotedly Discus and Ruth Low of Gordon Low have also stepped down after long periods on the board and I would especially like to thank them all for their time supporting OATA.” [...]
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
There’s still time for companies to sign up for the UK’s virtual pet trade show, Virtual Petindex (VPI), which takes place on 11-12 October 2020 and remains open until 26 October, say organisers the Pet Industry Federation - the UK’s trade association for pet businesses. Nigel Baker, PIF’s Chief Executive said: ‘Being virtual means that there is no expensive or time-consuming stand build, but with a bit of research and planning on your design, your stand can do all the talking during the event as your ‘silent salesperson’. They are really easy to set up and PIF’s event team can help you every step of the way.’ October’s event will introduce a new product stand for companies wishing to showcase their new products; and a limit of forty trade stands per exhibition hall to create greater exposure for exhibitors’ brands. A unique feature of VPI is the detailed breakdown of visitors who have visited a stand and what their areas of interest are. Every exhibitor receives this as part of their stand package. Aside from the trade stands, Virtual Petindex will feature a packed webinar schedule on both days of the show with high-quality seminars on a range of business and animal welfare related topics from renowned speakers. The list of speakers and webinars will be revealed in the coming days. Nigel continued: ‘And of course, there is no travel involved – all you and your team need is a PC, tablet or mobile phone to operate your stand, and it’s the same for visitors. The stands really do offer excellent value for money. And in these times, when the industry is unsure whether they want to travel, VPI fills a gap of bringing the pet trade and visitors together.’ There’s a wealth of information about the event, including free short webinars about how to exhibit at Virtual Petindex, the ‘dos and don’ts’ of exhibiting at a virtual show and how to attract customers to your stand, at www.petindexshow.com If you would like to exhibit, please email Daniel.everett@petfederation.co.uk; call +44 (0)1234 224507 or visit the website to register your interest. [...]
Wed, Sep 09, 2020
Pet Care Trust
The Pet Industry Federation (PIF), the UK trade association for pet businesses, has today announced that its joint animal establishments inspector training course, run in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, has officially become an Ofqual regulated, City & Guilds Level 3 qualification. Since 1 October 2018, the new Licensing of Activities Involving Animals regulations (AAL) require those carrying out inspections to be appropriately trained. The highly successful ‘Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals’ has been running to full capacity since its launch and was specifically developed by animal health inspectors and education experts to meet this new legal requirement. Until now, the course has been termed ‘Level 3 equivalent’. The formal qualification status adds weight to the course of study, ensures that it unequivocally meets the requirements in the legislation and enables those inspectors who pass the course to add a regulated City & Guilds Level 3 qualification to their name. Vicky Skinner, Head of Education at the Pet Industry Federation explained: ‘Becoming a qualification is testament to the quality of the original course formation, particularly in terms of teaching and assessment, and in doing so, it strengthens the provision of this mandatory training in order to enable licensing officers to sufficiently discharge their duties under the new legislation. Licensing inspectors who have already completed the original course need not miss out either because they can convert to the qualification by undertaking an additional assessment to meet the qualification requirement. However this is not a requirement and the previous, accredited, course fully meets the training requirements.’ Further details about the Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals course and qualification, including course dates information on converting to the new qualification, can be found in the Education section of the Pet Industry Federation website: www.petfederation.co.uk; by calling 01234 273933, or emailing education@petfederation.co.uk [...]
Fri, Sep 04, 2020
Pet Care Trust
Update - 22 October 2020 Latest advice has been issued by the Canine & Feline Sector Group on pet businesses operating during the coronavirus pandemic. At this current time pet businesses may continue to operate in the manner set out in the appropriate guidance on this page no matter which tier of restrictions are in force in their area. Business are advised to download a QR code (https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster ) and display it in a public facing area. Staff must wear a facecovering when dealing with clients and businesses in Very High risk areas (tier 3) should ensure clients also wear a facecovering. Businesses providing non-essential services that could be postponed during periods of Very High risk (tier 3) restrictions should consider whether their COVID-secure safeguards are sufficient to protect their staff whilst at work.” The main Business Guidance document is available to view here: Animal Business Guidance The handover protocol for pet businesses is available to download here: Handover Protocols [...]
Tue, May 12, 2020
Pet Care Trust
PIF’s Primary Authority partner, the Corporation of London, has received a response from DEFRA with regard to the extension of licences for businesses who operate under the Animal Activities Licensing regulations. They have said that local authorities are under considerable pressure regarding licences and some may wish to extend licences as a result for three months to reduce the need for inspection and the risks involved whilst the outbreak continues. Regulation 9 of the regulations allows local authorities to vary licences with the consent in writing (including e-mail) of the licence holder or where the licence holder makes an application. Local authorities may wish to consider using this facility for extending licences for 3 months where this is deemed necessary. If your licence is coming up for renewal, please contact to your local authority regarding the possibility of an extension. [...]
Wed, Apr 08, 2020
Pet Care Trust
PIF wrote to the Chancellor and to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Governmenton asking them to bring boarding kennels, catteries, commercial daycare and pet groomers (those who pay business rates) within the premises which are eligible for the business rates holiday announced last week. This is so important, as we think it can help the cashflow of thousands of businesses who provide a really important professional service; and a crucial service to the leisure and tourism industries. The full letter is available here; and a template can be downloaded from the PIF members site to lobby your own MP! If you are a PIF member, you can sign in here: https://pifmembers.petfederation.co.uk/ [...]
Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Pet Care Trust