Innovation, dedicated staff, excellent consumer interaction andcommunity involvement are some of the outstanding qualities evident inthe pet industry today, according to the judges of the Pet IndustryAwards.

The judges comments were inspired by the fantastic nominations received from pet care businesses across the country.

This is the inaugural year for the awards which are organised by the Pet Care Trust with sponsorship from Mars and Nestlé Purina and support from PBW News.

The quality of entries was excellent in each and every category. The judging panels had a tough time selecting, but have now announced the full awards shortlist.

Manufacturer of the Year
Beaphar UK Ltd
Supreme Petfoods Ltd
Burgess Pet Care

Retailer of the Year
Bath Pet Store, Bath
Haslemere Pet Company, Surrey
Dolittles Pets and Aquatics, Wolverhampton

Grooming Business of the Year
Posh Paws Dog Grooming, Maulden, Beds
Absolutely Animals, Lee, London
Canine Design Academy of Grooming, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

And, in further news, the board of the Pet Care Trust has chosen Margaret Renton-Ferris as the winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mrs Renton-Ferris was chosen in recognition of her tireless work over 60 years on behalf of the pet industry. She moved to Hythe in Kent in 1967 to take charge of the local quarantine kennels, and was soon running an open-all-hours pet shop and had set up a grooming parlour next door.

She was the first female member of the precursor of the Pet Care Trust the Pet Trade Association, was the primary instigator of the education programme – which has become the cornerstone of the trust’s work – and was tutoring for the trust until 2007. She also worked as editor of Pet Business World for many years.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and feel it should be shared by the many people who helped me over the last 60 years in the pet business. There were many people involved in making the pet industry more respectable. I’ve had a lot of luck in my life Ive never been bored and I’ve enjoyed it all.”


Its not too late to make your mark at the awards. If you are exhibiting at Glee Petindex, you could be in with a chance of winning New Product of the Year, which will be judged during the trade show. To book your stand, call Lara Anderson on 020 7728 4294 or email

All the winners will be announced at the Pet Industry Awards Dinner being held during Glee Petindex at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham on September 20.

Be the first to discover who will walk away with this years trophies book your seat or table by calling Hannah ODell on 01234 273933 or email Tickets are £95 (+VAT).

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