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2020 has been an exceptionally troubling and unsettling year all around the world.  The global coronavirus pandemic has profoundly affected individuals, families and businesses and continues to do so as we move into 2021.   Many industry and market sectors have been affected as lockdowns were imposed, lifted and reinstated.  As restrictions were placed on social interactions to help control the spread of Covid-19, pet ownership has been seen as a ray of light in dark times with pets bringing companionship and much needed enjoyment into pet parents’ lives.   Pets have always been an important part of our families but the importance they have as supporting factors in the mental and physical wellbeing of pet parents has been placed in high focus recently.  As important and integral parts of our families, providing for our pets dietary needs is a necessity. In recognition of this, pet food was identified as an essential industry by the UK government which has allowed us to continue to feed pets and avoid welfare issues should pet food supply have become severely constrained.   We did, however, see UK consumers panic buying pet foods during March and April and the sudden high consumer demand for pet foods resulted in some shortages on supermarket shelves whilst the entire supply chain refocused to the new needs.  Our industry was not unique in this challenge, as notably the supply of toilet paper, pasta, dried and tinned goods were all affected by panic buying in the UK.  Many EU consumers appear to have been more restrained than we were in the UK and avoided similar undue pressures being placed on supply of goods in their countries.   Anecdotally, many businesses throughout the whole animal feed supply chain saw an upturn in demand during this period.  Movement of feed additives and feed materials around the world has been difficult at times due to port closures and limitations on transport and shipping from China and other countries in the far east predominantly.  Whilst the entire supply chain was severely challenged at a local and global level, as an industry we rose to the challenge admirably ensuring pet foods returned to supermarket shelves quickly.   It is testament to the people working in businesses like ours that robust supply chains had been developed over many years which ensured minimal short term disruption to the consumer.  Following this period of peak demand there was then a well predicted downturn in consumer demand as [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
2020 has been an exceptionally troubling and unsettling year all around the world.  The global coronavirus pandemic has profoundly affected individuals, families and businesses and continues to do so as we move into 2021.   Many industry and market sectors have been affected as lockdowns were imposed, lifted and reinstated.  As restrictions were placed on social interactions to help control the spread of Covid-19, pet ownership has been seen as a ray of light in dark times with pets bringing companionship and much needed enjoyment into pet parents’ lives.   Pets have always been an important part of our families but the importance they have as supporting factors in the mental and physical wellbeing of pet parents has been placed in high focus recently.  As important and integral parts of our families, providing for our pets dietary needs is a necessity. In recognition of this, pet food was identified as an essential industry by the UK government which has allowed us to continue to feed pets and avoid welfare issues should pet food supply have become severely constrained.   We did, however, see UK consumers panic buying pet foods during March and April and the sudden high consumer demand for pet foods resulted in some shortages on supermarket shelves whilst the entire supply chain refocused to the new needs.  Our industry was not unique in this challenge, as notably the supply of toilet paper, pasta, dried and tinned goods were all affected by panic buying in the UK.  Many EU consumers appear to have been more restrained than we were in the UK and avoided similar undue pressures being placed on supply of goods in their countries.   Anecdotally, many businesses throughout the whole animal feed supply chain saw an upturn in demand during this period.  Movement of feed additives and feed materials around the world has been difficult at times due to port closures and limitations on transport and shipping from China and other countries in the far east predominantly.  Whilst the entire supply chain was severely challenged at a local and global level, as an industry we rose to the challenge admirably ensuring pet foods returned to supermarket shelves quickly.   It is testament to the people working in businesses like ours that robust supply chains had been developed over many years which ensured minimal short term disruption to the consumer.  Following this period of peak demand there was then a well predicted downturn in consumer demand as [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
2020 has been an exceptionally troubling and unsettling year all around the world.  The global coronavirus pandemic has profoundly affected individuals, families and businesses and continues to do so as we move into 2021.   Many industry and market sectors have been affected as lockdowns were imposed, lifted and reinstated.  As restrictions were placed on social interactions to help control the spread of Covid-19, pet ownership has been seen as a ray of light in dark times with pets bringing companionship and much needed enjoyment into pet parents’ lives.   Pets have always been an important part of our families but the importance they have as supporting factors in the mental and physical wellbeing of pet parents has been placed in high focus recently.  As important and integral parts of our families, providing for our pets dietary needs is a necessity. In recognition of this, pet food was identified as an essential industry by the UK government which has allowed us to continue to feed pets and avoid welfare issues should pet food supply have become severely constrained.   We did, however, see UK consumers panic buying pet foods during March and April and the sudden high consumer demand for pet foods resulted in some shortages on supermarket shelves whilst the entire supply chain refocused to the new needs.  Our industry was not unique in this challenge, as notably the supply of toilet paper, pasta, dried and tinned goods were all affected by panic buying in the UK.  Many EU consumers appear to have been more restrained than we were in the UK and avoided similar undue pressures being placed on supply of goods in their countries.   Anecdotally, many businesses throughout the whole animal feed supply chain saw an upturn in demand during this period.  Movement of feed additives and feed materials around the world has been difficult at times due to port closures and limitations on transport and shipping from China and other countries in the far east predominantly.  Whilst the entire supply chain was severely challenged at a local and global level, as an industry we rose to the challenge admirably ensuring pet foods returned to supermarket shelves quickly.   It is testament to the people working in businesses like ours that robust supply chains had been developed over many years which ensured minimal short term disruption to the consumer.  Following this period of peak demand there was then a well predicted downturn in consumer demand as [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
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Natural Cornish Pet, the retail side of Doggy Day Care Cornwall based in St Erth, Cornwall is now turning part of its thriving business into a wholesale operation. Specialising in natural pet foods, treats and quality pet accessories, Natural Cornish Pet has increased its online turnover by 164% during the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to expand its retail space even further by opening a second shop in Hayle, increasing its storage and retail space by an extra 2,500 square feet.  Natural Cornish Pet has expanded its own label range and has recently introduced a number of new products including Cornish peanut butter for dogs, natural, hypo-allergenic fish treats, salmon oil, natural meat treats and also becoming a distributor for an organic lactose-free frozen treat for dogs called Doggy, Doggy, Yum, Yum.  Natural Cornish Pet also has its own range of dry and cold pressed foods called Aflora which cater for the specific dietary needs of sensitive dogs and are grain and gluten free. These products are distributed nationwide and are now available to trade customers at wholesale prices. Jordan Coombe, co founder of Natural Cornish Pet, said: “What makes Natural Cornish Pet unique in the market is our attention to detail and transparent ingredients lists. Our range is created out of wanting the best for our pets, whilst wanting it to be obtainable and affordable for all. The range is chosen by us for our friends! Our measuring stick – Is it natural, affordable and accessible and based on the needs of our customers. “When it comes to stocking pet food and treats we always ask the following simple questions: would we feed this product to our own pets, are we happy with the ingredients and where they are from and is the packaging eco friendly?” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Natural Cornish Pet, the retail side of Doggy Day Care Cornwall based in St Erth, Cornwall is now turning part of its thriving business into a wholesale operation. Specialising in natural pet foods, treats and quality pet accessories, Natural Cornish Pet has increased its online turnover by 164% during the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to expand its retail space even further by opening a second shop in Hayle, increasing its storage and retail space by an extra 2,500 square feet.  Natural Cornish Pet has expanded its own label range and has recently introduced a number of new products including Cornish peanut butter for dogs, natural, hypo-allergenic fish treats, salmon oil, natural meat treats and also becoming a distributor for an organic lactose-free frozen treat for dogs called Doggy, Doggy, Yum, Yum.  Natural Cornish Pet also has its own range of dry and cold pressed foods called Aflora which cater for the specific dietary needs of sensitive dogs and are grain and gluten free. These products are distributed nationwide and are now available to trade customers at wholesale prices. Jordan Coombe, co founder of Natural Cornish Pet, said: “What makes Natural Cornish Pet unique in the market is our attention to detail and transparent ingredients lists. Our range is created out of wanting the best for our pets, whilst wanting it to be obtainable and affordable for all. The range is chosen by us for our friends! Our measuring stick – Is it natural, affordable and accessible and based on the needs of our customers. “When it comes to stocking pet food and treats we always ask the following simple questions: would we feed this product to our own pets, are we happy with the ingredients and where they are from and is the packaging eco friendly?” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
Natural Cornish Pet, the retail side of Doggy Day Care Cornwall based in St Erth, Cornwall is now turning part of its thriving business into a wholesale operation. Specialising in natural pet foods, treats and quality pet accessories, Natural Cornish Pet has increased its online turnover by 164% during the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to expand its retail space even further by opening a second shop in Hayle, increasing its storage and retail space by an extra 2,500 square feet.  Natural Cornish Pet has expanded its own label range and has recently introduced a number of new products including Cornish peanut butter for dogs, natural, hypo-allergenic fish treats, salmon oil, natural meat treats and also becoming a distributor for an organic lactose-free frozen treat for dogs called Doggy, Doggy, Yum, Yum.  Natural Cornish Pet also has its own range of dry and cold pressed foods called Aflora which cater for the specific dietary needs of sensitive dogs and are grain and gluten free. These products are distributed nationwide and are now available to trade customers at wholesale prices. Jordan Coombe, co founder of Natural Cornish Pet, said: “What makes Natural Cornish Pet unique in the market is our attention to detail and transparent ingredients lists. Our range is created out of wanting the best for our pets, whilst wanting it to be obtainable and affordable for all. The range is chosen by us for our friends! Our measuring stick – Is it natural, affordable and accessible and based on the needs of our customers. “When it comes to stocking pet food and treats we always ask the following simple questions: would we feed this product to our own pets, are we happy with the ingredients and where they are from and is the packaging eco friendly?” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
A surge in pet ownership has led to more owners demanding quality pet food, developers at European Freeze Dry reveal.  According to the company, customers are turning in large numbers from standard pet food ingredients to alternatives such as the seafood hoki.  Sarah Lacey, who leads the pet food development arm of European Freeze Dry, said a combination of new pet owners coupled with extra awareness of pet’s diets has led to the “increase in demand”. She said: “Modern pet owners require only the best ingredients for their faithful friends. In days gone by, a high street pet food that was bought in bulk would have sufficed, but nowadays owners are much more concerned with the quality of food that they are putting into their pet’s bowl. “The quality of some pet food these days is now so high that it could be safe to eat by humans, and it is much more common for human, as well as animals, to lead the way in product testing.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
A surge in pet ownership has led to more owners demanding quality pet food, developers at European Freeze Dry reveal.  According to the company, customers are turning in large numbers from standard pet food ingredients to alternatives such as the seafood hoki.  Sarah Lacey, who leads the pet food development arm of European Freeze Dry, said a combination of new pet owners coupled with extra awareness of pet’s diets has led to the “increase in demand”. She said: “Modern pet owners require only the best ingredients for their faithful friends. In days gone by, a high street pet food that was bought in bulk would have sufficed, but nowadays owners are much more concerned with the quality of food that they are putting into their pet’s bowl. “The quality of some pet food these days is now so high that it could be safe to eat by humans, and it is much more common for human, as well as animals, to lead the way in product testing.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
A surge in pet ownership has led to more owners demanding quality pet food, developers at European Freeze Dry reveal.  According to the company, customers are turning in large numbers from standard pet food ingredients to alternatives such as the seafood hoki.  Sarah Lacey, who leads the pet food development arm of European Freeze Dry, said a combination of new pet owners coupled with extra awareness of pet’s diets has led to the “increase in demand”. She said: “Modern pet owners require only the best ingredients for their faithful friends. In days gone by, a high street pet food that was bought in bulk would have sufficed, but nowadays owners are much more concerned with the quality of food that they are putting into their pet’s bowl. “The quality of some pet food these days is now so high that it could be safe to eat by humans, and it is much more common for human, as well as animals, to lead the way in product testing.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) latest Paw Report has found that owning a pet can make people feel less lonely and mentally healthier. The PAW Report, which was produced in conjunction with YouGov, has tracked pet wellbeing in the UK for the last decade. It surveys 18 million pet owners in the UK to obtain the results. The report revealed that out of the total amount of owners, 2.8 million pets live in a single-person household in the UK. Many of these owners, often elderly and vulnerable people, remain at risk of facing isolated and lonely months ahead, with only their pet for company as the Covid-19 cases continue to affect people’s lives. Nina Downing, vet nurse for PDSA, said: “PDSA’s latest PAW Report findings highlight the vital role that pets play in helping to counteract the effects of loneliness for millions of people in the UK. “Looking after pets helps to add structure to people’s lives, with the regular daily routine of feeding and exercise, as well as the physical benefit of taking them for walks and playing with them in your garden or home. Our PAW Report shows that pets have been a lifeline for millions of people since the pandemic began.” She added: “Despite lockdown restrictions, your pet still needs just as much exercise as they normally would to keep them healthy and stop them from getting bored. While pet ownership can bring positive benefits to us, taking on a pet is a huge responsibility, so it’s important to ensure we are providing for all of their needs too. “With so much uncertainty, we really would not recommend taking on a pet just at the moment. Instead, contact your local animal charity to see how you might be able to help them remotely.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) latest Paw Report has found that owning a pet can make people feel less lonely and mentally healthier. The PAW Report, which was produced in conjunction with YouGov, has tracked pet wellbeing in the UK for the last decade. It surveys 18 million pet owners in the UK to obtain the results. The report revealed that out of the total amount of owners, 2.8 million pets live in a single-person household in the UK. Many of these owners, often elderly and vulnerable people, remain at risk of facing isolated and lonely months ahead, with only their pet for company as the Covid-19 cases continue to affect people’s lives. Nina Downing, vet nurse for PDSA, said: “PDSA’s latest PAW Report findings highlight the vital role that pets play in helping to counteract the effects of loneliness for millions of people in the UK. “Looking after pets helps to add structure to people’s lives, with the regular daily routine of feeding and exercise, as well as the physical benefit of taking them for walks and playing with them in your garden or home. Our PAW Report shows that pets have been a lifeline for millions of people since the pandemic began.” She added: “Despite lockdown restrictions, your pet still needs just as much exercise as they normally would to keep them healthy and stop them from getting bored. While pet ownership can bring positive benefits to us, taking on a pet is a huge responsibility, so it’s important to ensure we are providing for all of their needs too. “With so much uncertainty, we really would not recommend taking on a pet just at the moment. Instead, contact your local animal charity to see how you might be able to help them remotely.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) latest Paw Report has found that owning a pet can make people feel less lonely and mentally healthier. The PAW Report, which was produced in conjunction with YouGov, has tracked pet wellbeing in the UK for the last decade. It surveys 18 million pet owners in the UK to obtain the results. The report revealed that out of the total amount of owners, 2.8 million pets live in a single-person household in the UK. Many of these owners, often elderly and vulnerable people, remain at risk of facing isolated and lonely months ahead, with only their pet for company as the Covid-19 cases continue to affect people’s lives. Nina Downing, vet nurse for PDSA, said: “PDSA’s latest PAW Report findings highlight the vital role that pets play in helping to counteract the effects of loneliness for millions of people in the UK. “Looking after pets helps to add structure to people’s lives, with the regular daily routine of feeding and exercise, as well as the physical benefit of taking them for walks and playing with them in your garden or home. Our PAW Report shows that pets have been a lifeline for millions of people since the pandemic began.” She added: “Despite lockdown restrictions, your pet still needs just as much exercise as they normally would to keep them healthy and stop them from getting bored. While pet ownership can bring positive benefits to us, taking on a pet is a huge responsibility, so it’s important to ensure we are providing for all of their needs too. “With so much uncertainty, we really would not recommend taking on a pet just at the moment. Instead, contact your local animal charity to see how you might be able to help them remotely.” [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
The retail sector has suffered its largest annual fall since records began, with total sales down 1.9% against the year prior, as restrictions on non-essential retail continued to impact the sector as a whole.  This was the biggest decline since records began in 1997, according to the ONS. After declines of 1.0% and 0.3% in 2010 and 2011 respectively, total retail sales had since been in consistent growth, with a peak at 4.7% year-on-year growth in 2016 and continued growth up to 2019, which was up 3.3% on the previous year. Clothing stores were the worst hit last year, however, reporting the largest annual fall at -25.1%, which was also the largest year-on-year fall on record for the sector.  Department stores and “other” stores, which includes jewellers, cosmetics and toys amongst other sectors, also reported record year-on-year falls in the quantity sold in 2020, down 5.2% and 11.6% respectively. Food stores, however, were able to buck the trend and reported annual growth of 4.3%, the highest yearly growth since 2001. Despite the record decline in total sales, December sales saw a slight improvement in overall retail, as retail volumes rose by 0.3% against the prior month, with value sales rising by 0.4%.  In addition, clothing retailers saw the largest monthly growth in December of 21.5%, rebounding from a monthly fall of 19.6% reported in November amid the second national lockdown.  The ONS suggests that Christmas purchases through click and collect and online sales helped to lessen the overall impact on retail during the month, particularly in the clothing sector. Overall, the amount spent in online retail sales increased by 46.1% in 2020 when compared with 2019, marking the largest annual increase since 2008. All sectors of retail welcomed large increases in total online sales last year, with food stores reporting the largest increase in online sales of 79.3%, a record annual increase for the sector. Department stores, household goods stores and “other” stores also recorded record annual increases in sales for 2020 as a whole, at 65.9%, 73.9% and 73.4% respectively when compared with 2019. This is attributed to the widespread closure of bricks-and-mortar retail throughout the year.  Looking back at December’s figures, however, online sales slipped by 6.2% when compared with November 2020. In addition, despite the overall monthly recovery, total sales in the sector were still 14.2% lower than December 2019 and continue to remain at a lower level than before the pandemic struck. [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
The retail sector has suffered its largest annual fall since records began, with total sales down 1.9% against the year prior, as restrictions on non-essential retail continued to impact the sector as a whole.  This was the biggest decline since records began in 1997, according to the ONS. After declines of 1.0% and 0.3% in 2010 and 2011 respectively, total retail sales had since been in consistent growth, with a peak at 4.7% year-on-year growth in 2016 and continued growth up to 2019, which was up 3.3% on the previous year. Clothing stores were the worst hit last year, however, reporting the largest annual fall at -25.1%, which was also the largest year-on-year fall on record for the sector.  Department stores and “other” stores, which includes jewellers, cosmetics and toys amongst other sectors, also reported record year-on-year falls in the quantity sold in 2020, down 5.2% and 11.6% respectively. Food stores, however, were able to buck the trend and reported annual growth of 4.3%, the highest yearly growth since 2001. Despite the record decline in total sales, December sales saw a slight improvement in overall retail, as retail volumes rose by 0.3% against the prior month, with value sales rising by 0.4%.  In addition, clothing retailers saw the largest monthly growth in December of 21.5%, rebounding from a monthly fall of 19.6% reported in November amid the second national lockdown.  The ONS suggests that Christmas purchases through click and collect and online sales helped to lessen the overall impact on retail during the month, particularly in the clothing sector. Overall, the amount spent in online retail sales increased by 46.1% in 2020 when compared with 2019, marking the largest annual increase since 2008. All sectors of retail welcomed large increases in total online sales last year, with food stores reporting the largest increase in online sales of 79.3%, a record annual increase for the sector. Department stores, household goods stores and “other” stores also recorded record annual increases in sales for 2020 as a whole, at 65.9%, 73.9% and 73.4% respectively when compared with 2019. This is attributed to the widespread closure of bricks-and-mortar retail throughout the year.  Looking back at December’s figures, however, online sales slipped by 6.2% when compared with November 2020. In addition, despite the overall monthly recovery, total sales in the sector were still 14.2% lower than December 2019 and continue to remain at a lower level than before the pandemic struck. [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
The retail sector has suffered its largest annual fall since records began, with total sales down 1.9% against the year prior, as restrictions on non-essential retail continued to impact the sector as a whole.  This was the biggest decline since records began in 1997, according to the ONS. After declines of 1.0% and 0.3% in 2010 and 2011 respectively, total retail sales had since been in consistent growth, with a peak at 4.7% year-on-year growth in 2016 and continued growth up to 2019, which was up 3.3% on the previous year. Clothing stores were the worst hit last year, however, reporting the largest annual fall at -25.1%, which was also the largest year-on-year fall on record for the sector.  Department stores and “other” stores, which includes jewellers, cosmetics and toys amongst other sectors, also reported record year-on-year falls in the quantity sold in 2020, down 5.2% and 11.6% respectively. Food stores, however, were able to buck the trend and reported annual growth of 4.3%, the highest yearly growth since 2001. Despite the record decline in total sales, December sales saw a slight improvement in overall retail, as retail volumes rose by 0.3% against the prior month, with value sales rising by 0.4%.  In addition, clothing retailers saw the largest monthly growth in December of 21.5%, rebounding from a monthly fall of 19.6% reported in November amid the second national lockdown.  The ONS suggests that Christmas purchases through click and collect and online sales helped to lessen the overall impact on retail during the month, particularly in the clothing sector. Overall, the amount spent in online retail sales increased by 46.1% in 2020 when compared with 2019, marking the largest annual increase since 2008. All sectors of retail welcomed large increases in total online sales last year, with food stores reporting the largest increase in online sales of 79.3%, a record annual increase for the sector. Department stores, household goods stores and “other” stores also recorded record annual increases in sales for 2020 as a whole, at 65.9%, 73.9% and 73.4% respectively when compared with 2019. This is attributed to the widespread closure of bricks-and-mortar retail throughout the year.  Looking back at December’s figures, however, online sales slipped by 6.2% when compared with November 2020. In addition, despite the overall monthly recovery, total sales in the sector were still 14.2% lower than December 2019 and continue to remain at a lower level than before the pandemic struck. [...]
Fri, Jan 22, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
The Government website has been updated to include a reference to pet grooming during lockdown and Tier rules in England. It states: Animal grooming facilities may also stay open but must only be used for the purposes of the animal’s welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes). The Animal Welfare Act sets out the 5 welfare needs of animals to safeguard their welfare and one of these is the “need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease” This is further amplified in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs (2017) which states under the same heading “you should carefully check your dog’s coat regularly and groom your dog as necessary to maintain a healthy coat.” The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) considers that professional pet grooming is essential for a pet’s health and welfare and provides many health benefits which may not be immediately obvious. It is not undertaken for aesthetic purposes, which the dictionary defines as: concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. Regular visits to a professional salon are a fundamental part of a pet’s routine care and wellbeing and help keep the coat clean and free from knots and matts, and in so doing help prevent more serious welfare issues building up. Pet grooming fulfils many functions and professional pet groomers have an important role to play in maintaining pet health and welfare: - Regular grooming helps to keep coats clean and manageable; - Unremoved hair from when a pet moults can form matts which can cause discomfort and skin complaints; - Pet groomers are able to do a quick health check and spot any unusual lumps or bumps which can then be referred for veterinary investigation; - Pet groomers check for any signs of fleas or ticks, inspect their teeth, eyes and ears and make sure that claws aren’t overgrown; - Pet grooming promotes good blood circulations, keeping grease levels down which can block pores and cause cysts. Professional pet groomers provide an essential pet welfare service which is important to maintain during a period of lockdown. PIF would consider aesthetic purposes to be services such as creative grooming, facials, nail painting, and fur-dyeing. These activities should not be undertaken during a lockdown. [...]
Fri, Nov 06, 2020
Pet Care Trust
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: 12 January 2021 The latest pet business guidance to cover the current lockdown in England has now been published by the Canine & Feline Sector Group and approved by DEFRA. An update on pet grooming was requested by DEFRA on 11 January and has been included into the guidance document: Pet Business Guidance 12 January 2021 The Pet Industry Federation has also produced a statement in response to this update. The handover protocol for pet businesses (updated 11 January 2021) is available to download here: HANDOVER PROTOCOLS Wales The Animal Welfare Network for Wales (AWNW) issued further guidance following the announcement that Wales will enter a lockdown from 20 December. That guidance can be viewed on the AWNW website: Wales Animal Business Guidance Scotland The Scottish Government have information for pet businesses on their website, which canbe vewed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-animal-owners/pages/dogs/ [...]
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