In This Issue
PetQuip Award winners revealed at glitzy event
Lifetime Achievement Award for John James
PATS Telford 2018 New Product Awards revealed
First day at PATS Telford hailed a huge success
HayPigs! secures deal to stock over 150 Petbarn stores in Australia
Connolly’s Red Mills – Go Native range of grain-free dog food, treats and dental superfood sticks
Get ready for a new craze – meet the Bobble Buddies crew
BSB Products introduces Martin Seller Pet Accessories to UK
Naturediet relaunch range at PATS with exclusive deals
Different Dog unveil trio of recipes at PATS
Orchard Toys celebrates partnership with Norfolk Industries
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HOWND launch Innovative Hand Barrier Serum for groomers
What’s new from the Pet Industry Federation at PATS
Stunning new 'treat tubes' from the Dog Treat Co
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Pet product inventor secures Dragons' Den investment
Pet Brands is a Finalist in the SME of the Year (21-50 employees) category in the Examiner Business Awards
Vital wraps up exclusive offer across entire KONG range
Pets at Home launches awards to find nation's favourite pet products
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PetQuip Award winners revealed at glitzy event


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

Three categories:



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



Accessories :

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



Lifetime Achievement

John James

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