by Karen Pickwick
The shortlist for the fifth annual Pet Industry Awards have been revealed by the Pet Industry Federation. The calibre of the nominations received from pet businesses has been the highest seen in the competition’s history, and judging panels now have the unenviable task of whittling these finalists down to winners.
The finalists are:
Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by PATS: Dorwest Herbs; Groomers Limited; Group 55; Hungry Hector; Nature’s Menu.
Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Beaphar UK: Just Dogs, Edinburgh; Not Just Pets, Bath; Pet and Aquatics, Cadbury Garden & Leisure, Congresbury, Bristol; Poole Farm Feed Centre, Great Yeldham, Essex; The Trop Shop, Grays, Essex.
Wholesaler of the Year – Aquascape Fish Imports; Pedigree Wholesale; Peregrine Livefoods; Pet Brands; Trilanco.
Boarding Establishment of the Year – Cavalier Lodge Kennels, Norfolk; Fairmile Cat Hotel, Devon; Lea Wood Cattery, Lincoln; Pets Country Manor, Liverpool; Royvon Kennels, Surrey.
Judges are still deliberating the shortlist for grooming business of the year, which will be announced on this very soon.
The award-winners will be announced at the Hollywood-themed Pet Industry Awards dinner to be held at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on Thursday, October 17 from 6.45pm, and will be presented by TV ‘Dragon’, Deborah Meaden.
Additionally, guests will also applaud the 2013 Lifetime Achievement recipient, and will discover which pet products have won the Pet Product of the Year, as voted for by readers of Your Dog/Cat magazine.
Tickets to this evening, with wine, music, a disco and the awards spectacle are available from £75per ticket – or book a table of 10 for a discount. Call the PIF team on 01234 273933 or visit www.piffa.co.uk
The Awards are presented in association with media partner pbwnews and sponsors PATS, Burgess Pet Care, Pedigree Wholesale and Compton Hall and take place against the backdrop of the Pet Industry Forum – a conference and networking event, tackling cutting-edge issues and business topics.
The Pet Industry Federation Forum begins on Wednesday 16 October with a wine-tasting event and export seminar, before matters such as American trends in pet retailing, the future of wholesale, in-store marketing and how the RSPCA and the pet trade can work closer together, are discussed and debated -with plenty of opportunities for networking. Lead sponsors of the Forum are: Crown Petfoods, Nestle Purina, Mars Petcare and Positive Petcare.
Further details about the event can be found at www.piffa.co.uk, or by telephoning 01234 273933.