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Governments in Europe are beginning to take measures similar to China – Italy has used emergency powers to limit the movement of people in the north of the country, threatening fines for anyone breaking the rules. Why? It has suddenly found itself host to the third-highest numbers of patients in the world, with 152 infected and three already dead. The Euro Stoxx 50, Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac 40 indexes have all posted significant declines as a result. In Asia, the situation was worse, with South Korea’s Kospi falling almost 4% in response to news of a spike in the number of patients. The picture is complicated by the differing government regimes – there is speculation that Iran has been covering up its true number of cases, and while the Chinese government appears to have been cooperating with global bodies it did behave secretively in the initial outbreak. Primark owner reckons the disruption will hit clothing supplies The owner of Primark, AB Foods, says some of its lines will be in short supply later in the year, depending on what happens with its factories and suppliers in China. Although ABF says it sources about 40% of its stock from China, it did also confirm that it normally stockpiles products ahead of the lunar new year to take account of this more regular slowing of production for the Chinese holiday season. As a result, any shortages are not likely to be felt in the near term – it’s only once normal production season gets underway and only if it is disrupted further that problems will manifest. Importantly, the firm has not issued any changes to its financial guidance for the full year, which would suggest it is not overly worried just yet. However, it is ramping up its arrangements with alternative suppliers in other global regions as an insurance policy – nobody knows how long this virus is going to remain a global threat. Bullish statements were not enough though: shares in the company were down this morning. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Governments in Europe are beginning to take measures similar to China – Italy has used emergency powers to limit the movement of people in the north of the country, threatening fines for anyone breaking the rules. Why? It has suddenly found itself host to the third-highest numbers of patients in the world, with 152 infected and three already dead. The Euro Stoxx 50, Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac 40 indexes have all posted significant declines as a result. In Asia, the situation was worse, with South Korea’s Kospi falling almost 4% in response to news of a spike in the number of patients. The picture is complicated by the differing government regimes – there is speculation that Iran has been covering up its true number of cases, and while the Chinese government appears to have been cooperating with global bodies it did behave secretively in the initial outbreak. Primark owner reckons the disruption will hit clothing supplies The owner of Primark, AB Foods, says some of its lines will be in short supply later in the year, depending on what happens with its factories and suppliers in China. Although ABF says it sources about 40% of its stock from China, it did also confirm that it normally stockpiles products ahead of the lunar new year to take account of this more regular slowing of production for the Chinese holiday season. As a result, any shortages are not likely to be felt in the near term – it’s only once normal production season gets underway and only if it is disrupted further that problems will manifest. Importantly, the firm has not issued any changes to its financial guidance for the full year, which would suggest it is not overly worried just yet. However, it is ramping up its arrangements with alternative suppliers in other global regions as an insurance policy – nobody knows how long this virus is going to remain a global threat. Bullish statements were not enough though: shares in the company were down this morning. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Governments in Europe are beginning to take measures similar to China – Italy has used emergency powers to limit the movement of people in the north of the country, threatening fines for anyone breaking the rules. Why? It has suddenly found itself host to the third-highest numbers of patients in the world, with 152 infected and three already dead. The Euro Stoxx 50, Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac 40 indexes have all posted significant declines as a result. In Asia, the situation was worse, with South Korea’s Kospi falling almost 4% in response to news of a spike in the number of patients. The picture is complicated by the differing government regimes – there is speculation that Iran has been covering up its true number of cases, and while the Chinese government appears to have been cooperating with global bodies it did behave secretively in the initial outbreak. Primark owner reckons the disruption will hit clothing supplies The owner of Primark, AB Foods, says some of its lines will be in short supply later in the year, depending on what happens with its factories and suppliers in China. Although ABF says it sources about 40% of its stock from China, it did also confirm that it normally stockpiles products ahead of the lunar new year to take account of this more regular slowing of production for the Chinese holiday season. As a result, any shortages are not likely to be felt in the near term – it’s only once normal production season gets underway and only if it is disrupted further that problems will manifest. Importantly, the firm has not issued any changes to its financial guidance for the full year, which would suggest it is not overly worried just yet. However, it is ramping up its arrangements with alternative suppliers in other global regions as an insurance policy – nobody knows how long this virus is going to remain a global threat. Bullish statements were not enough though: shares in the company were down this morning. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Raw pet food brand, Natural Instinct, has announced its new partnership with Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue, as it sponsors two fully trained and operational air scenting search rescue dogs. The specialist raw pet food brand, which features a Working Dog Food range, will supply local dogs, Beau and Rip, with all the raw meals they need for an initial period of six months.  Oxfordshire Search and Rescue is a member unit of Lowland Rescue, which sets governing standards for its 36 teams, and is a member of the UK Government’s UKSAR Operator’s Group – the official group which governs all of the UK’s onshore and offshore search and rescue operations.    Rachel Kirby, a spokesperson for Natural Instinct, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue and the incredible Beau and Rip. “When we visited the charity, we saw live demonstrations with the search and rescue dogs, chatted with some of the volunteers and listened to their inspiring experiences of past search and rescue cases.” She added: “We left feeling utterly amazed by the charity, the volunteers and dogs who help to make the work possible. At Natural Instinct, we’re passionate about giving back to the local community and really hope this new partnership will last for years to come.” [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Raw pet food brand, Natural Instinct, has announced its new partnership with Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue, as it sponsors two fully trained and operational air scenting search rescue dogs. The specialist raw pet food brand, which features a Working Dog Food range, will supply local dogs, Beau and Rip, with all the raw meals they need for an initial period of six months.  Oxfordshire Search and Rescue is a member unit of Lowland Rescue, which sets governing standards for its 36 teams, and is a member of the UK Government’s UKSAR Operator’s Group – the official group which governs all of the UK’s onshore and offshore search and rescue operations.    Rachel Kirby, a spokesperson for Natural Instinct, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue and the incredible Beau and Rip. “When we visited the charity, we saw live demonstrations with the search and rescue dogs, chatted with some of the volunteers and listened to their inspiring experiences of past search and rescue cases.” She added: “We left feeling utterly amazed by the charity, the volunteers and dogs who help to make the work possible. At Natural Instinct, we’re passionate about giving back to the local community and really hope this new partnership will last for years to come.” [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Raw pet food brand, Natural Instinct, has announced its new partnership with Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue, as it sponsors two fully trained and operational air scenting search rescue dogs. The specialist raw pet food brand, which features a Working Dog Food range, will supply local dogs, Beau and Rip, with all the raw meals they need for an initial period of six months.  Oxfordshire Search and Rescue is a member unit of Lowland Rescue, which sets governing standards for its 36 teams, and is a member of the UK Government’s UKSAR Operator’s Group – the official group which governs all of the UK’s onshore and offshore search and rescue operations.    Rachel Kirby, a spokesperson for Natural Instinct, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue and the incredible Beau and Rip. “When we visited the charity, we saw live demonstrations with the search and rescue dogs, chatted with some of the volunteers and listened to their inspiring experiences of past search and rescue cases.” She added: “We left feeling utterly amazed by the charity, the volunteers and dogs who help to make the work possible. At Natural Instinct, we’re passionate about giving back to the local community and really hope this new partnership will last for years to come.” [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Lancashire-based Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre has announced it is to cease trading on Saturday 29 February. The shop, which opened in 2017, has been forced to close after its landlord said it will not be renewing its lease. In a statement, the company said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you all that on Saturday 29 February 2020, Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre will close its doors for the final time. This is due to the landlord not renewing our lease.  “We would all like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.”  It continued: “Running a small business hasn’t been easy and unfortunately we have become another local shop to disappear. We would like to say a special thank you to all of you who have trusted us to look after your pets. It added: “We have loved every minute and will miss them so much. We are all devastated and so upset.” The shop’s resident exotic birds, Jasper – an African grey parrot, and Charlie – an Amazon parrot, will be put up for sale. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Lancashire-based Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre has announced it is to cease trading on Saturday 29 February. The shop, which opened in 2017, has been forced to close after its landlord said it will not be renewing its lease. In a statement, the company said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you all that on Saturday 29 February 2020, Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre will close its doors for the final time. This is due to the landlord not renewing our lease.  “We would all like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.”  It continued: “Running a small business hasn’t been easy and unfortunately we have become another local shop to disappear. We would like to say a special thank you to all of you who have trusted us to look after your pets. It added: “We have loved every minute and will miss them so much. We are all devastated and so upset.” The shop’s resident exotic birds, Jasper – an African grey parrot, and Charlie – an Amazon parrot, will be put up for sale. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Lancashire-based Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre has announced it is to cease trading on Saturday 29 February. The shop, which opened in 2017, has been forced to close after its landlord said it will not be renewing its lease. In a statement, the company said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you all that on Saturday 29 February 2020, Charnock Farm Pet and Gift Centre will close its doors for the final time. This is due to the landlord not renewing our lease.  “We would all like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.”  It continued: “Running a small business hasn’t been easy and unfortunately we have become another local shop to disappear. We would like to say a special thank you to all of you who have trusted us to look after your pets. It added: “We have loved every minute and will miss them so much. We are all devastated and so upset.” The shop’s resident exotic birds, Jasper – an African grey parrot, and Charlie – an Amazon parrot, will be put up for sale. [...]
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Southampton is the pet-friendliest city in the UK for renters, according to insurance company Towergate. Ranking factors in the study included the percentage of available rentals with a garden, percentage of available rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, affordable rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, lack of pet owner rent price ‘penalty’ and lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets amongst others. Nottingham, Manchester, Derby and Birmingham were also ranked in the top five cities. Leicester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Swansea and London came in bottom positions, with London ranking at number 25. The top three cities for ‘affordable rentals listed as pets allowed’ included Bradford, Belfast and Kingston upon Hull, whereas, the top three cities for ‘lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets’ included Leeds, Edinburugh and Southampton. Derby has the highest percentage of rentals which included a garden as well as Bradford having the highest number of “affordable pet friendly rentals”, with an average monthly rent of £417.50. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Southampton is the pet-friendliest city in the UK for renters, according to insurance company Towergate. Ranking factors in the study included the percentage of available rentals with a garden, percentage of available rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, affordable rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, lack of pet owner rent price ‘penalty’ and lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets amongst others. Nottingham, Manchester, Derby and Birmingham were also ranked in the top five cities. Leicester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Swansea and London came in bottom positions, with London ranking at number 25. The top three cities for ‘affordable rentals listed as pets allowed’ included Bradford, Belfast and Kingston upon Hull, whereas, the top three cities for ‘lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets’ included Leeds, Edinburugh and Southampton. Derby has the highest percentage of rentals which included a garden as well as Bradford having the highest number of “affordable pet friendly rentals”, with an average monthly rent of £417.50. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Southampton is the pet-friendliest city in the UK for renters, according to insurance company Towergate. Ranking factors in the study included the percentage of available rentals with a garden, percentage of available rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, affordable rentals listed as ‘pets allowed’, lack of pet owner rent price ‘penalty’ and lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets amongst others. Nottingham, Manchester, Derby and Birmingham were also ranked in the top five cities. Leicester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Swansea and London came in bottom positions, with London ranking at number 25. The top three cities for ‘affordable rentals listed as pets allowed’ included Bradford, Belfast and Kingston upon Hull, whereas, the top three cities for ‘lack of neighbour complaints regarding pets’ included Leeds, Edinburugh and Southampton. Derby has the highest percentage of rentals which included a garden as well as Bradford having the highest number of “affordable pet friendly rentals”, with an average monthly rent of £417.50. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Aldi has launched its new pet essentials range, with prices starting at 89p. The collection launched in store and online yesterday (20 February) and includes pet food, dog shampoos, dog beds, feeding mats alongside feeding stations. The range includes over 35 products, catering for all different pets. The ‘Plush Pet Bed’, available to purchase in the range has especially been designed for larger dogs.  The product description said: “This bed also benefits from being fully machine washable at 30°C for when mucky paws surface, as well as having a removable mattress for ease of use. Treat them to a bed they will use time and time again.” Dog treats start from 89p with pet blankets retailing at £6.99. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Aldi has launched its new pet essentials range, with prices starting at 89p. The collection launched in store and online yesterday (20 February) and includes pet food, dog shampoos, dog beds, feeding mats alongside feeding stations. The range includes over 35 products, catering for all different pets. The ‘Plush Pet Bed’, available to purchase in the range has especially been designed for larger dogs.  The product description said: “This bed also benefits from being fully machine washable at 30°C for when mucky paws surface, as well as having a removable mattress for ease of use. Treat them to a bed they will use time and time again.” Dog treats start from 89p with pet blankets retailing at £6.99. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette - Science
Aldi has launched its new pet essentials range, with prices starting at 89p. The collection launched in store and online yesterday (20 February) and includes pet food, dog shampoos, dog beds, feeding mats alongside feeding stations. The range includes over 35 products, catering for all different pets. The ‘Plush Pet Bed’, available to purchase in the range has especially been designed for larger dogs.  The product description said: “This bed also benefits from being fully machine washable at 30°C for when mucky paws surface, as well as having a removable mattress for ease of use. Treat them to a bed they will use time and time again.” Dog treats start from 89p with pet blankets retailing at £6.99. [...]
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Pet Gazette Events
Petindex Logo Date CMYK
Why have you launched Petindex? The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) represents over 2000 businesses from manufacturers and retailers to pet service companies such as boarding, grooming, day-care and dog walking. All of these businesses make up our industry and all of these businesses are talking regularly to the UK’s 20 million households that own 49 million pets. Today’s pet industry show needs to encapsulate the whole industry so that pet ownership continues to grow on as responsible basis and that standards in our industry are raised. Why is it different to other trade shows in the pet industry? Bringing out another trade show that is similar to the ones already in existence is not our aim. Petindex will have vision and provide many different platforms to educate, sell and promote the best of our industry to the people involved in it. You can expect to find many different activities and seminars at Petindex to promote our ethos of providing an event that works for today’s businesses involved in our industry. Why has PIF decided to resurrect the show now? Our marketplace is changing. The number of pets we keep has remained fairly static, yet the way products are distributed and how pet services are delivered has changed dramatically. In 2018, we saw the first change in animal licensing legislation for 55 years. In 1963, when the Boarding Establishments Act came out day care businesses, home boarders and cat hotels did not exist. In 1951 when the Pet Animals Act came out, the internet did not exist nor did pet superstores or grocery and discount outlets selling pet products. What has fundamentally changed is the route to market. Social media and influencers now play a large role in how we communicate with today’s pet owner. Independent retail still plays a vital role and needs to be helped and encouraged. As a trade association representing the industry, we need to give industry members the tools to cope with these changes and Petindex is geared to help do just that. Who is it aimed at? PIF’s membership is a very broad church, and as such we believe that if you operate as a pet business you should attend Petindex. There will be something for everyone from trade stands and seminars; to competition and awards. Petindex is geared to helping businesses succeed with products and services, and is looking to join the dots between the various types of business in our [...]
Wed, Oct 02, 2019
Pet Care Trust
The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) has announced details of two of its key events for 2019, part of a dynamic re-structuring of its event portfolio to better reflect the evolving needs and expectations of PIF membership and the UK pet industry as a whole. ‘Groomer of the Year – The Masterclass’ An exciting new dog grooming competition to determine the 2019 Groomer of the Year will take place in October, instead of this year’s British Dog Grooming Championship. The event, entitled ‘Groomer of the Year – The Masterclass’, is an invitational competition and will take place on Sunday 13 October at Warwick Conferences’ beautiful new venue, The Slate. The competition will be by invite only with up to 15 competitors drawn from the current Guild of Master Groomer members, former Groomer of the Year winners and PIF Higher Diploma candidates. A limited number of tickets will be available for spectators to watch and learn from the highest calibre of dog groomers in the UK today and will include refreshments and lunch. A panel of prestigious judges will score each competitors’ dogs in order to determine the day’s winner. Meet the Buyers Later in November, and following from the success of the event in 2015, a ‘Meet the Buyers’ event will take place giving an opportunity for UK manufactures to meet a number of high profile buyers from the UK, Europe and beyond, including China. The ‘Meet the Buyers’ event provides an ideal platform for new and established brands to meet buyers in a structured daytime environment, with plenty of time for networking later into the evening through ice-breaker events and dinner. Whilst the event will be open to all manufacturers, priority and lower registration costs will be available to PIF members. The event is likely to take place in Surrey in early November, at a new type of venue with great transport links. Watch this space! Nigel Baker, PIF chief executive, explained: ‘As the UK trade association for all pet businesses, we felt it was important to refresh our events over the next 18 months. Our ‘Groomer of the Year – The Masterclass’ and ‘Meet the Buyers’ are great examples of events which put our members at the heart of what we do, to give them fantastic opportunities to learn, raise their game and press their commercial advantage. We have secured different and unusual venues to add prestige and something novel to these events and are looking [...]
Thu, Mar 07, 2019
Pet Care Trust
The Pet Industry Federation (PIF), the UK’s trade association for pet businesses, is today reminding pet businesses of the benefits it offers members and outlining plans for an exciting year ahead, as it approaches Crufts and re-structures its Bedford-based team. With over 2,000 members and with a pedigree dating back 70 years, the Pet Industry Federation is the largest and most established trade association for pet businesses in the UK. PIF’s objectives are to raise standards in the pet industry and support those businesses which want to emphasise their commitment to customer care, animal welfare, education and training. Nigel Baker, PIF CEO, explains: ‘PIF members have always viewed their membership as a hallmark of quality – a means of setting themselves apart from other businesses. In an industry which is largely unregulated, and with an ever more discerning pet owner, this distinction is more important than ever before. We believe that our members are the best in the industry and that PIF membership provides that distinction.’ PIF membership offers a host of business-related benefits. The most popular of these include competitive rates on insurance, discounts on commercial printing and pet-related education courses, excellent broadband and telecom rates; as well as free access to a legal helpline, licensing help and entry to the public-facing MyPetPeople website. As part of its remit to raise standards and to represent its members, PIF works with external organisations such as the Canine & Feline Sector Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare on a range of legislative issues, such as the Animal Activities Licensing regulations. This collaborative work has also resulted in the recent publication of the Professional Dog Walking Guidelines, and the soon to be published Professional Pet Grooming Guidelines. However, 2019 will be a hive of new activity to bring further benefits and opportunities to PIF members. Nigel continued: ‘We have strengthened our team by combining our marketing and membership activities, under Martin Langhorn; and brought in a new events co-ordinator, Daniel Everett, to help build our events programme and launch new opportunities which we will announce shortly. In addition, we are building some exciting links exclusively for PIF member manufacturers and investing in a new database to bring a much better communications experience to all our members. ‘We’re also working to ensure that our members’ views on the new licensing regulations are heard as we survey them shortly, ahead of a DEFRA review later this year; and [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
Pet Care Trust
A group of leading animal organisations have joined forces to release a set of guidelines to ensure high welfare standards in the unregulated profession of dog walking. Dogs Trust, Pet Industry Federation (PIF) and RSPCA all worked together to produce the Professional Dog Walkers’ Guidelines in a bid to ensure the best welfare for dogs who are being walked by professional dog walkers employed by their owners, as well as to assist the dog walkers in meeting the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. Recent Dogs Trust research* revealed that there is a growing demand for dog walkers and 13% admit to counting on them to ensure their dog gets enough exercise. With owners increasingly having more demanding working hours a clear dependency was emerging and it this that led the group of leading animal welfare organisations to create these guidelines. Serving to advise dog owners, Local Authorities and the profession on best practice to ensure man’s best friend is protected, these guidelines have been designed with dog welfare at its core. RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Sam Gaines said: “Dog walkers are currently unregulated and unlicensed meaning there are no checks on who these people are and how they ensure the needs of the dogs in their care are being met.. “We felt it was extremely important - not only for the welfare of dogs but also for dog walkers themselves - to produce a set of guidelines to ensure that dogs are always being well looked after and to guarantee that dog walkers know what is expected of them. “We hope these new guidelines will also help dog owners make informed decisions when choosing the right dog walker for them and their pet.” To date only a small number of local authorities have introduced any form of regulation for local dog walkers and, as such, it can be a postcode lottery in the quality of service provided. Dogs Trust Veterinary Director Paula Boyden says: “The unregulated dog walking industry is a minefield for owners and we want to make it safer for all involved. Worryingly, almost 60% of owners have no contract or legal agreement in place with their dog walker to protect them and their dog. “We have worked with the RSPCA and PIF to create a workable set of guidelines that can provide information for local authorities and provide a framework for dog walkers, as well as helping pet owners understand what they should [...]
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Pet Care Trust
Vicky Skinner
The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) has announced that its Education Manager, Vicky Skinner, has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) as the Chair of a new employer panel designing the content of the new set of T Levels within the Animal Welfare and Management sector. Vicky will be seconded to the DfE by PIF for this assignment, but will still be working for PIF. T levels are new technical study programmes for 16 to 19 year olds that include a qualification and an industry placement that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels within a reformed skills training system. T levels have been designed to create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of the UK economy and are being developed in partnership with government, business and education. Commenting on her appointment, Vicky said: “I am delighted to be chairing the Animal Care and Management T Level employer panel. I have worked in further education for 13 years and more recently with a wide range of animal care employers through my role at the Pet Industry Federation. As a result, I can see the difference vocational education can make to a young person’s life and also how it can support the industry, providing individuals with practical skills and knowledge as well as other transferable skills essential when working with animals. The T Level development is an exciting opportunity to help shape vocational education for the next generation ensuring it meets the needs of an evolving sector.” The other Animal Care and Management panel members are: Karen Raine, Managing Director, Country Farm Stud Ltd; Jessica Berry, Head of Animal Management Faculty, Hadlow College; Joanne Needham, Professional Development Manager, Royal Society of Biology; Stephen Goward, Development Manager, Dogs Trust; and Vicky May, Animal Welfare & Therapy Manager, Moulton College. Nigel Baker PIF CEO said: “I am delighted that Vicky has been appointed to such prestigious position in order to help future generations learn about animal management. Vicky is ideally placed to chair the panel with her experience in college life, apprenticeships and course design.” The introduction of T levels aims to streamline technical education and focus on developing skills that sit within 15 industry routes. The first T levels will be introduced in September 2020 with full roll-out intended from September 2023. [...]
Tue, Sep 11, 2018
Pet Care Trust