In This Issue
Business as usual for pet store as it recovers from fraudulent insurance claim
Purpose built to support health conscious pet parents
PATS Sandown visitor numbers announced – show attracts ‘high quality’ buyers and retailers
Picture round-up from the pet extravaganza
New grooming competition launched at PATS Sandown
Award makes new Be:Loved range an instant success
Vital increases service levels by opening new office
Fish4Dogs staff get a slice of the action
Pure Pet Food launches new dog food recipe
Broadreach Nature looks forward to Global Pet Expo
ADAPTIL and FELIWAY launch Pet Anxiety Month in March
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Raw dog food firm recalls products for second time within a month
High Street retailers write to Chancellor calling for business rates reform
Brambles Charity Giveaway a huge success
Couple who sold puppies from illegal 'pet shop' avoid jail
PIF continues to refresh range of benefits for members
Pet lovers prefer a bit of Rovermance on Valentine's Day
Vital says love for pets is driving premium purchases
Henry Bell celebrates National Nest Box Week
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PATS Sandown 2020 New Product Awards
PATS Sandown off to great start despite weather
Company says 'adios plastic' with new poop bags
New wholesaler launches into UK pet food market

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New grooming competition launched at PATS Sandown


Budding groomers were given the chance to win some fantastic prizes as a new competition called ‘Groom-Off Sunday’ was launched at PATS Sandown.


Groom-Off Sunday, run in association with expert Mathew Spry and The Welsh Grooming Academy, was aimed at novice groomers or those just starting out in grooming competitions.


Nine groomers took part on the opening day of PATS Sandown (Sunday 9th February) and they were judged on style, balance, sympathy and technicalities.


Judges Mathew Spry and Georgia Fuller, of Louisianna Grooming, had a difficult task deciding on the final winners before giving top prize to Katie Jayne Adams. Second place went to Samantha Hitchcock and third to Emma Crawley.



Katie Jayne, Samantha and Emma each won a hamper of prizes from competition sponsors HOWND and Aeolus plus a Groom-off Sunday trophy.


“Everyone taking part really enjoyed this competition and I have to say the standard was high,” said Mathew. “Groom-off Sunday is a great addition to this exhibition, and I’ve already had people asking me about entering the competition when it’s next held at PATS Telford in September.”


As well as Groom-off Sunday, a full programme of talks and demonstrations held throughout the show drew packed audiences to the Grooming Workshop stand in the Esher Hall.


With an increasing number of pet retailers introducing grooming salons into their stores, the PATS programme of talks and demos provided invaluable insights into this side of the business.


The demonstrations highlighted the knowledge and expertise required to complete traditional grooming techniques successfully as well as showing off a few modern and creative ideas.

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