Group 55 and HOWND were crowned double winners at the PetQuip Awards in Telford last night. The awards were presented at a glitzy party after the first day of PATS Telford.
HOWND won two awards – Marketing Project of the Year for a second consecutive year and Pet Product of the Year (Food & Treats), and Mark Hirschel said: “We can’t believe we won double gold for a second year running. Our strategy from day one was to develop affordably premium products within the health wellness and hygiene category and these awards provide validation that we’re heading in the right direction. Innovation and a passion for creating great products is what drives us and we always look forward to bringing new developments into the market. Onwards and upwards as the saying goes.”
Group55 were voted Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year.
Stephen Turner, of Group55, said: "To win both of these prestigious awards – Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year – is amazing. It's the ultimate recognition for the work we do. It couldn't be achieved without a fantastic team."
Other winners included Danish Design and Sure Petcare.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to John James, of James and Steel, who said: "I had no idea this was going to happen. It's a very humbling experience and one I will treasure. It is wonderful to be recognised in this way."
The UK Pet Retailer of the Year Award was won by Mutt & Co Pet Boutique, of Hartlepool, Teesside. Amy-Leigh Norris said: " We've only been open for a year so to win a national trade award is beyond our wildest dreams. Frankly, I'm shocked but in a good way."
PetQuip Awards 2018
Business of the Year
Gold - Group 55
Silver -Natures Menu
HC - Broadreach Nature +
Exporter of the Year
Gold - Group 55
Silver - Burgess Pet Care
Marketing Project of the Year
Gold - Hownd
Silver - Company of Animals
HC – Natures Menu/True Instinct
HC - Just for Pets
Pet Product of the Year
Food & Treats :
Gold - Hownd – Hemp Wellness Treats
Silver - Nutriment – Dinner for Cats
Highly commended - Poppy’s Picnic – Enhanced Pet Food/Complete Meatballs/Follow-on Paste
Gold - Danish Design – Dog Duvet
Silver - Collarways – Mookiemax grooming and massage tool
HC - K9 Organics – shampoos/paw balms
Health & Technical:
Gold - Sure Petcare – Microchip Pet Door Connect/Cat Flap Connect
Silver - PetWeighter – Dog Feeding System
International Pet Retailer/Distributor/ Wholesaler of the Year
Gold - Whesco, Denmark
Silver - Saint Vincent Group, Dubai
UK Pet Retailer of the Year
Gold - Mutt & Co Pet Boutique, Hartlepool, Teesside
Silver - Pack and Clowder, Hackney, London
HC - WaggleAntics, online retailer