In This Issue
Ensuring pet care packaging is sustainable
Vitalin’s new range includes eco-friendly packaging
Royal Canin introduces new look packaging to Breed range
PetSafe Brand firm acquires pet travel product business
Barking Heads picks up national dog-friendly award
Lily's Kitchen enhances its ethical credentials
Natures Menu receives food safety recognition
Veterinary reveal of new Indoor Rabbit Food met with positive reception
YuMOVE will sponsor ITV’s ‘For the Love of Dogs’
New Puppy School Welcome Box is a ‘RAWring’ success
Top prize for dog food company at rural business awards
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Dog dies after eating ‘treat’ bought from pet shop
Inspired Pet Nutrition appoints Group Operations Director
OATA AGM confirms Directors for the next year
CSJ launches CP All-Rounder – a kibble to suit all breeds
Westwood Vets opens new Garforth branch
Devon firm launches vegan-friendly dog treat
PawTrax launches 4th generation Halo GPS Cat Collar
Pet franchise invests in its future
The best of the previous Pet Trade Xtra
Innovative pet products wanted for new TV series
Unipet named winner of business award
Pet product entrepreneur wins national exporter award
Marion Stinton retires after 37 years in the pet trade
Shortlist announced for Pet Industry Federation Awards
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Shortlist announced for Pet Industry Federation Awards

The Pet Industry Federation has revealed the finalists for this year’s PIF Awards.  


The Pet Industry Federation Awards not only celebrate those pet businesses that have made outstanding achievements throughout the year, but it also provides a fantastic opportunity for the whole industry to come together, socialise and network over a three-course meal with entertainment.


This year’s entries were particularly high-calibre in the pet service sectors, such as home boarding and doggy daycare, reflecting the growth these types of businesses in recent years; and in product innovation - a new category which has proved exceptionally popular. Judges will now focus on whittling these quality finalists down to winners.


This year’s finalists are

Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance)

Digbys Pets & Aquatics, Skegness

Kennelgate – Pets & Friends, Lichfield

The Dog House, London

PetLondon, London

Redpaw Pet Supplies, Plymouth

The Pet Experience, Weymouth


Manufacturer of the Year (sponsored by PATS)

Danish Design


Marriages Specialist Foods


Natures Menu

Perf1c Bybenji


Export Strategy Award




Grooming Business of the Year (sponsored by Jelf)

Barkingham Park Pet Spa, Neath

Canny Cuts, Shrewsbury

KD Grooming Studio, Wincanton

Muddy Pawz, Wakefield
The Dog House, London


Kennel of the Year

Home from Home Pet Care Ltd, Hull
Orchard End Kennels, Crediton

Quintessential Quarters, Stafford


Cattery of the Year

Chequer Trees Cattery, Heathfield

Hedgerows Cattery, Norwich

Lea Wood Cattery, Gainsborough

Mayfield Cattery, Mayfield

The Cats Whiskers, Bedford


Dog Walking Business of the Year

Friends for Pets, Bristol Branch

Happy Hounds, Winchester

Muddy Pawz, Wakefield
Woof Walkies, Wrexham


Home Boarding Business of the Year

Barking Mad, Fife & Kinross

Friends for Pets, Bristol Branch

Holidays 4 Dogs, York
The Pet Joint, Denbigh

Woofies Pet Services, Abergele


Dog Daycare Business of the Year

Buddies Doggy Daycare, London

Claire’s Comfy Canines, Burnham

Doodley Dogs, Crawley

Happy Hounds, Winchester

The Wag Club, London
Willow Tree K9, Biggleswade

Woof Walkies, Wrexham


Product Innovation Award

Naturediet Eco-Friendly Packaging Range

Peak Pet Products Pet Weighter

Pet Trade Innovations Doc & Phoebe’s No Bowl System
Poppy’s Picnic
Siccaro Supreme Pro Dog Drying Robe

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect

The Groomi


Sustainability Award

Marriages Specialist Foods

Pooch & Mutt




The Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday 27 November at a themed black-tie dinner to be held at the Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Additionally, guests will also discover the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and a new Special Award category, presented to someone who has made a unique contribution to the industry.

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