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Ahead of the reopening of ‘non-essential’ retail on 12 April, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and trade group Usdaw are asking people to “play their part in keeping shop workers safe” and ensure there is “no risk” to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  According to the BRC, the pandemic has seen a “shocking rise” in violence and abuse against shopworkers, with incidents often occurring when staff encourage customers to follow social-distancing rules.  The plea follows BRC’s Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge , which launched in September, asking MPs to pledge to “tackle retail crime and support legislation to better protect retail workers”.  57 MPs from all major parties signed the pledge, supporting shop workers by “recognising the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shop workers and the local communities they serve and stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them”.  In addition, over 65 retail CEOs recently wrote to the Prime Minister calling for greater protection for shop workers.  Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Retailers are ready and are looking forward to welcoming people back into stores. Hopefully, things will start to get back to normal soon, but for now we need to be cautious and to look out for each other.  “We all need to play our part to keep ourselves, our fellow customers, and hardworking retail colleagues safe, so we are asking people to stick to the rules and not to overreact if someone asks you to wear a face covering or follow safety instructions when you’re out shopping.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Ahead of the reopening of ‘non-essential’ retail on 12 April, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and trade group Usdaw are asking people to “play their part in keeping shop workers safe” and ensure there is “no risk” to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  According to the BRC, the pandemic has seen a “shocking rise” in violence and abuse against shopworkers, with incidents often occurring when staff encourage customers to follow social-distancing rules.  The plea follows BRC’s Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge , which launched in September, asking MPs to pledge to “tackle retail crime and support legislation to better protect retail workers”.  57 MPs from all major parties signed the pledge, supporting shop workers by “recognising the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shop workers and the local communities they serve and stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them”.  In addition, over 65 retail CEOs recently wrote to the Prime Minister calling for greater protection for shop workers.  Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Retailers are ready and are looking forward to welcoming people back into stores. Hopefully, things will start to get back to normal soon, but for now we need to be cautious and to look out for each other.  “We all need to play our part to keep ourselves, our fellow customers, and hardworking retail colleagues safe, so we are asking people to stick to the rules and not to overreact if someone asks you to wear a face covering or follow safety instructions when you’re out shopping.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
Ahead of the reopening of ‘non-essential’ retail on 12 April, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and trade group Usdaw are asking people to “play their part in keeping shop workers safe” and ensure there is “no risk” to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  According to the BRC, the pandemic has seen a “shocking rise” in violence and abuse against shopworkers, with incidents often occurring when staff encourage customers to follow social-distancing rules.  The plea follows BRC’s Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge , which launched in September, asking MPs to pledge to “tackle retail crime and support legislation to better protect retail workers”.  57 MPs from all major parties signed the pledge, supporting shop workers by “recognising the serious impact that violence and abuse has on shop workers and the local communities they serve and stand with retail workers to support legislation to better protect them”.  In addition, over 65 retail CEOs recently wrote to the Prime Minister calling for greater protection for shop workers.  Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Retailers are ready and are looking forward to welcoming people back into stores. Hopefully, things will start to get back to normal soon, but for now we need to be cautious and to look out for each other.  “We all need to play our part to keep ourselves, our fellow customers, and hardworking retail colleagues safe, so we are asking people to stick to the rules and not to overreact if someone asks you to wear a face covering or follow safety instructions when you’re out shopping.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
OATA’s chief executive Dominic Whitmee has accepted an offer to become an advisor for Shoal’s Advisory Group.  Shoal is a global conservation initiative focused entirely on freshwater species, and has brought together a diverse panel of freshwater experts to help support it in its decision-making. Shoal’s Mike Baltzer said: “Each has an important voice in guiding Shoal’s decision-making. Shoal Advisors offer their support to us to ensure that the strategy and activities of Shoal are based on the best available science, are aligned to achieving both the goals and objectives of Shoal and meet the interests and concerns of its partners and supporters as best as it can.  “Dominic, as an expert in the home aquarium trade, will provide invaluable advice related to engaging and working together with the aquarium trade and hobby. We’re extremely happy to have Dominic on board. His experience and expertise in the aquarium trade will be a powerful ally in helping us achieve our mission of halting freshwater extinctions and recovering populations in the wild.”  Whitmee added: “I’m delighted to be asked by Shoal to take on this voluntary position. OATA has been a supporter of Shoal since its inception and I am excited to help the organisation towards achieving its aims for freshwater fish conservation.”  OATA’s vice chair Pete Carey, one of 18 voluntary board directors at the trade association who is head of Aquatic Innovation at CASCO, is also one of Shoal’s new advisors.  He said: “I am extremely excited to be involved with this amazing project, and have been a strong supporter of the SHOAL project for many years. I’m very much looking forward to playing a part in the conservation of our precious freshwater habits across the globe.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
OATA’s chief executive Dominic Whitmee has accepted an offer to become an advisor for Shoal’s Advisory Group.  Shoal is a global conservation initiative focused entirely on freshwater species, and has brought together a diverse panel of freshwater experts to help support it in its decision-making. Shoal’s Mike Baltzer said: “Each has an important voice in guiding Shoal’s decision-making. Shoal Advisors offer their support to us to ensure that the strategy and activities of Shoal are based on the best available science, are aligned to achieving both the goals and objectives of Shoal and meet the interests and concerns of its partners and supporters as best as it can.  “Dominic, as an expert in the home aquarium trade, will provide invaluable advice related to engaging and working together with the aquarium trade and hobby. We’re extremely happy to have Dominic on board. His experience and expertise in the aquarium trade will be a powerful ally in helping us achieve our mission of halting freshwater extinctions and recovering populations in the wild.”  Whitmee added: “I’m delighted to be asked by Shoal to take on this voluntary position. OATA has been a supporter of Shoal since its inception and I am excited to help the organisation towards achieving its aims for freshwater fish conservation.”  OATA’s vice chair Pete Carey, one of 18 voluntary board directors at the trade association who is head of Aquatic Innovation at CASCO, is also one of Shoal’s new advisors.  He said: “I am extremely excited to be involved with this amazing project, and have been a strong supporter of the SHOAL project for many years. I’m very much looking forward to playing a part in the conservation of our precious freshwater habits across the globe.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
OATA’s chief executive Dominic Whitmee has accepted an offer to become an advisor for Shoal’s Advisory Group.  Shoal is a global conservation initiative focused entirely on freshwater species, and has brought together a diverse panel of freshwater experts to help support it in its decision-making. Shoal’s Mike Baltzer said: “Each has an important voice in guiding Shoal’s decision-making. Shoal Advisors offer their support to us to ensure that the strategy and activities of Shoal are based on the best available science, are aligned to achieving both the goals and objectives of Shoal and meet the interests and concerns of its partners and supporters as best as it can.  “Dominic, as an expert in the home aquarium trade, will provide invaluable advice related to engaging and working together with the aquarium trade and hobby. We’re extremely happy to have Dominic on board. His experience and expertise in the aquarium trade will be a powerful ally in helping us achieve our mission of halting freshwater extinctions and recovering populations in the wild.”  Whitmee added: “I’m delighted to be asked by Shoal to take on this voluntary position. OATA has been a supporter of Shoal since its inception and I am excited to help the organisation towards achieving its aims for freshwater fish conservation.”  OATA’s vice chair Pete Carey, one of 18 voluntary board directors at the trade association who is head of Aquatic Innovation at CASCO, is also one of Shoal’s new advisors.  He said: “I am extremely excited to be involved with this amazing project, and have been a strong supporter of the SHOAL project for many years. I’m very much looking forward to playing a part in the conservation of our precious freshwater habits across the globe.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
Love My Human has announced it is planning to open a new store in west London’s King’s Road in July. Titled the Love My Human ‘Townhouse’, the new site will be located near the luxury pet lifestyle brand and grooming parlour’s flagship store, which is also on King’s Road. The ground floor will comprise a dog friendly café and deli, while the first floor will include a 400 sq. ft+ luxury ‘Doggie Daycare’. The site’s second floor will also include a dog therapy treatment rooms, involving a number of “therapists in residence”. Jenny Matthews, founder of Love My Human, said: “We are so excited to be embarking on our second luxury pet offering on the King’s Road following the success of our original boutique as well as our online business. “With more people spending time at home and choosing to take the leap into pet ownership, our clientele have become increasingly well-engaged with our brand as we recognised the demand to grow our pet community.” She added: “We enjoy meeting all of our furry clients and their parents, and feel The King’s Road is the perfect place to continue to grow our brand. We can’t wait to launch the Townhouse to the public, delivering a brand new extra indulgent pet care offer to Chelsea.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Love My Human has announced it is planning to open a new store in west London’s King’s Road in July. Titled the Love My Human ‘Townhouse’, the new site will be located near the luxury pet lifestyle brand and grooming parlour’s flagship store, which is also on King’s Road. The ground floor will comprise a dog friendly café and deli, while the first floor will include a 400 sq. ft+ luxury ‘Doggie Daycare’. The site’s second floor will also include a dog therapy treatment rooms, involving a number of “therapists in residence”. Jenny Matthews, founder of Love My Human, said: “We are so excited to be embarking on our second luxury pet offering on the King’s Road following the success of our original boutique as well as our online business. “With more people spending time at home and choosing to take the leap into pet ownership, our clientele have become increasingly well-engaged with our brand as we recognised the demand to grow our pet community.” She added: “We enjoy meeting all of our furry clients and their parents, and feel The King’s Road is the perfect place to continue to grow our brand. We can’t wait to launch the Townhouse to the public, delivering a brand new extra indulgent pet care offer to Chelsea.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
Love My Human has announced it is planning to open a new store in west London’s King’s Road in July. Titled the Love My Human ‘Townhouse’, the new site will be located near the luxury pet lifestyle brand and grooming parlour’s flagship store, which is also on King’s Road. The ground floor will comprise a dog friendly café and deli, while the first floor will include a 400 sq. ft+ luxury ‘Doggie Daycare’. The site’s second floor will also include a dog therapy treatment rooms, involving a number of “therapists in residence”. Jenny Matthews, founder of Love My Human, said: “We are so excited to be embarking on our second luxury pet offering on the King’s Road following the success of our original boutique as well as our online business. “With more people spending time at home and choosing to take the leap into pet ownership, our clientele have become increasingly well-engaged with our brand as we recognised the demand to grow our pet community.” She added: “We enjoy meeting all of our furry clients and their parents, and feel The King’s Road is the perfect place to continue to grow our brand. We can’t wait to launch the Townhouse to the public, delivering a brand new extra indulgent pet care offer to Chelsea.” [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
Almost a year ago now back in March 2020, East-Midlands-based pet store chain Kennelgate (an umbrella brand of Kennelpak) saw what a lot of other retailers did, a huge boom in online sales due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, even with over 40 years in the industry, e-commerce trading was still in its infancy.  To help improve customer experience and living up to their mantra of ‘helping you take the best care of your pet’ Kennelpak enlisted a new team of experts and created a brand-new website and re-brand based on the Pets & Friends update currently flowing through their stores.  Roll on to November 2020 and after months of hard work and behind the scenes changes, petsandfriends.co.uk launched to replace the old Kennelgate website. As part of the re-brand process, the new Pets & Friends website doesn’t just offer pet products to their regular customers, as they were determined to improve the e-commerce journey to make the online ordering process simple and effective for customers nationwide. “We always have the welfare of animals at heart, so every new feature and piece of functionality has been implemented based upon research and testing to make sure we offer everything customers need from an online store to make sure their pet is happy and healthy” says CMO and e-commerce director, Tricia Owen-Williams.  The new website stocks essentials such as dog food and home grooming products, as well as offering a plethora of advice, recommendations, and tips for pet owners. The huge change and improvements that petsandfriends.co.uk brings has also allowed the company to increase its range online to meet demand.  What else is new? Following the successful November launch, Pets & Friends launched a subscription service for an improved online experience. “Nobody wants to forget their pets’ food, so introducing an easy, reliable method of repeat deliveries means it’s no longer a panic, especially in the circumstances a lot of our customers find themselves in during ever-changing COVID guidelines”. Reviews are also key to the new website. “Peer knowledge and advice is something that brings pet parents together, so we want people to be able to share their experiences with products online and help give others an informed choice”.  And why should it be the pets that get all the treats? After a fantastic festive sales period, Pets & Friends also launched the online loyalty programme ‘Pet Points’ for loyal and regular customers. Pet Points offers consumers a chance to [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Almost a year ago now back in March 2020, East-Midlands-based pet store chain Kennelgate (an umbrella brand of Kennelpak) saw what a lot of other retailers did, a huge boom in online sales due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, even with over 40 years in the industry, e-commerce trading was still in its infancy.  To help improve customer experience and living up to their mantra of ‘helping you take the best care of your pet’ Kennelpak enlisted a new team of experts and created a brand-new website and re-brand based on the Pets & Friends update currently flowing through their stores.  Roll on to November 2020 and after months of hard work and behind the scenes changes, petsandfriends.co.uk launched to replace the old Kennelgate website. As part of the re-brand process, the new Pets & Friends website doesn’t just offer pet products to their regular customers, as they were determined to improve the e-commerce journey to make the online ordering process simple and effective for customers nationwide. “We always have the welfare of animals at heart, so every new feature and piece of functionality has been implemented based upon research and testing to make sure we offer everything customers need from an online store to make sure their pet is happy and healthy” says CMO and e-commerce director, Tricia Owen-Williams.  The new website stocks essentials such as dog food and home grooming products, as well as offering a plethora of advice, recommendations, and tips for pet owners. The huge change and improvements that petsandfriends.co.uk brings has also allowed the company to increase its range online to meet demand.  What else is new? Following the successful November launch, Pets & Friends launched a subscription service for an improved online experience. “Nobody wants to forget their pets’ food, so introducing an easy, reliable method of repeat deliveries means it’s no longer a panic, especially in the circumstances a lot of our customers find themselves in during ever-changing COVID guidelines”. Reviews are also key to the new website. “Peer knowledge and advice is something that brings pet parents together, so we want people to be able to share their experiences with products online and help give others an informed choice”.  And why should it be the pets that get all the treats? After a fantastic festive sales period, Pets & Friends also launched the online loyalty programme ‘Pet Points’ for loyal and regular customers. Pet Points offers consumers a chance to [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
Almost a year ago now back in March 2020, East-Midlands-based pet store chain Kennelgate (an umbrella brand of Kennelpak) saw what a lot of other retailers did, a huge boom in online sales due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, even with over 40 years in the industry, e-commerce trading was still in its infancy.  To help improve customer experience and living up to their mantra of ‘helping you take the best care of your pet’ Kennelpak enlisted a new team of experts and created a brand-new website and re-brand based on the Pets & Friends update currently flowing through their stores.  Roll on to November 2020 and after months of hard work and behind the scenes changes, petsandfriends.co.uk launched to replace the old Kennelgate website. As part of the re-brand process, the new Pets & Friends website doesn’t just offer pet products to their regular customers, as they were determined to improve the e-commerce journey to make the online ordering process simple and effective for customers nationwide. “We always have the welfare of animals at heart, so every new feature and piece of functionality has been implemented based upon research and testing to make sure we offer everything customers need from an online store to make sure their pet is happy and healthy” says CMO and e-commerce director, Tricia Owen-Williams.  The new website stocks essentials such as dog food and home grooming products, as well as offering a plethora of advice, recommendations, and tips for pet owners. The huge change and improvements that petsandfriends.co.uk brings has also allowed the company to increase its range online to meet demand.  What else is new? Following the successful November launch, Pets & Friends launched a subscription service for an improved online experience. “Nobody wants to forget their pets’ food, so introducing an easy, reliable method of repeat deliveries means it’s no longer a panic, especially in the circumstances a lot of our customers find themselves in during ever-changing COVID guidelines”. Reviews are also key to the new website. “Peer knowledge and advice is something that brings pet parents together, so we want people to be able to share their experiences with products online and help give others an informed choice”.  And why should it be the pets that get all the treats? After a fantastic festive sales period, Pets & Friends also launched the online loyalty programme ‘Pet Points’ for loyal and regular customers. Pet Points offers consumers a chance to [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Pet Gazette Events
Rescue and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has appointed Rob Mitchell as its new chief executive officer. Mitchell joins the charity following a career in retail – first starting out at B&Q and latterly working as general manager, shop operations with the John Lewis Partnership. Outside of working life, Mitchell has been an active volunteer in animal rescue for the past nine years. He and his wife have fostered more than 50 dogs over that time, working with a local charity near to their home.  Mitchell said: “Having always worked in retail before, I’m really looking forward to taking on a role where I’ll be adding value and making a difference to animals’ lives. “It’s a very exciting time to be joining the charity. The Covid pandemic has forced organisations to look at how they operate and to adapt to new ways of working.” He added: “Change is now the new normal and I’m really looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore what they have learnt during these strange times and to develop new ideas on how we can continue to move the charity forward.” Based in Watford, Hertfordshire, and operating five centres across the South of England, NAWT rehomes approximately 1,200 pets a year. They include cats, dogs, rabbits, field animals and birds.  [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Pet Gazette - Current Affairs
Rescue and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has appointed Rob Mitchell as its new chief executive officer. Mitchell joins the charity following a career in retail – first starting out at B&Q and latterly working as general manager, shop operations with the John Lewis Partnership. Outside of working life, Mitchell has been an active volunteer in animal rescue for the past nine years. He and his wife have fostered more than 50 dogs over that time, working with a local charity near to their home.  Mitchell said: “Having always worked in retail before, I’m really looking forward to taking on a role where I’ll be adding value and making a difference to animals’ lives. “It’s a very exciting time to be joining the charity. The Covid pandemic has forced organisations to look at how they operate and to adapt to new ways of working.” He added: “Change is now the new normal and I’m really looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore what they have learnt during these strange times and to develop new ideas on how we can continue to move the charity forward.” Based in Watford, Hertfordshire, and operating five centres across the South of England, NAWT rehomes approximately 1,200 pets a year. They include cats, dogs, rabbits, field animals and birds.  [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Pet Gazette - Science
Rescue and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has appointed Rob Mitchell as its new chief executive officer. Mitchell joins the charity following a career in retail – first starting out at B&Q and latterly working as general manager, shop operations with the John Lewis Partnership. Outside of working life, Mitchell has been an active volunteer in animal rescue for the past nine years. He and his wife have fostered more than 50 dogs over that time, working with a local charity near to their home.  Mitchell said: “Having always worked in retail before, I’m really looking forward to taking on a role where I’ll be adding value and making a difference to animals’ lives. “It’s a very exciting time to be joining the charity. The Covid pandemic has forced organisations to look at how they operate and to adapt to new ways of working.” He added: “Change is now the new normal and I’m really looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore what they have learnt during these strange times and to develop new ideas on how we can continue to move the charity forward.” Based in Watford, Hertfordshire, and operating five centres across the South of England, NAWT rehomes approximately 1,200 pets a year. They include cats, dogs, rabbits, field animals and birds.  [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 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: 23 March 2021 The latest pet business guidance to cover the roadmap for the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England has now been published by the Canine & Feline Sector Group. Pet Business Guidance - 23 March 2021 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) is currently reviewing its guidance which will be published shortly. 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