PetQuip Awards shine as the pet industry celebrates

Company: PetQuip

Last night’s PetQuip Awards hosted a record number of guests as the pet industry convened to recognise excellence and celebrate achievement.

Held alongside and in association with PATS Telford, the PetQuip Awards cover Supplier, Retailer, Product, Export and Lifetime Achievement categories, with Gold, Silver and Highly Commended prizes for most categories.

The event, presented by Susan Fairley, PetQuip Trade Federation Manager, and Amanda Sizer Barrett MBE, Director General of the PetQuip association, included 12 Gold and 10 Silver awards, plus nine Highly Commended awards, Also awarded was a special Lifetime Achievement Award for John Burns MBE, the founder of the UK’s first natural and chemical-free pet food company, Burns Pet Nutrition.

As John accepted his award from Amanda Sizer Barrett, he said “I’m overwhelmed. It’s such an honour to receive this accolade from PetQuip.”

To recognise the innovative companies exhibiting in the PATS Telford New Starter Zone, created in association with PetQuip trade association, the PetQuip Awards introduced a new category for this year, the New Starter Award. With so many creative and innovative entrepreneurs coming through into the pet industry, the competition was tight.

The Gold winner was Trinkety Paws, an accessories range whose hallmark is an array of beautiful colours, designed and made by the owner. The judges praised the business, which really stands out at shows with a lovely product.

Nadine Berger, Director of Trinkety Paws said: “I’m shocked and surprised to have won the New Starter Award. To be recognised in this prestigious way means a lot, and feels like all our hard work has paid off.”

The Silver award went to pet memorial rainbow bridge maker The British Glass Lady and Highly Commended to Oh So Precious, who also create pet memorials.

At the close of the event, Amanda Sizer Barrett commented: “The enjoyment evident on the faces of so many people from the industry at our event has made it all worthwhile. PetQuip is proud to recognise the hard work, innovation and teamwork demonstrated by our industry with these prestigious awards and it was great to celebrate with them at what was a sell-out occasion.

“In addition to seeing so many happy winners, it was really rewarding to witness everyone enjoying the fruits of their labours and the positive networking that took place between suppliers and buyers during the evening.”

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Supplier of the Year - Sponsored by Noble Futures

  • Gold: joint winners Pedigree Wholesale and
  • Silver: joint winners Burgess Pet Care and Pet Trade Innovations
  • Highly Commended: Brambles Pet and Wildlife

Business Service of the Year – Sponsored by Whistl

  • Gold: Henry & Co
  • Silver: Ant Antics
  • Highly Commended: Pet Trust UK

New Starter Award – Sponsored by Pet Trade Innovations

  • Gold: Trinkety Paws
  • Silver: The British Glass Lady
  • Highly Commended: Oh So Precious

Celebrating Green and Organic – Sponsored by CIPS

  • Gold: Mr Bug
  • Silver: Naturaw
  • Highly Commended: Verm-X

Product of the Year: Technical/Accessories

  • Gold: Dog First Aid Kit from Poorly Paws
  • Silver: The modular and portable Dog-G8 Gate from the Dog-G8 Company
  • Highly Commended: Puppy Starter Kit from DogSpace

Product of the Year: Food/Treats

  • Gold: Wellness Treats from HOWND
  • Silver: Vet’s Menu Gravy Topper from Macahl Animal Health
  • Highly Commended: Nature’s Deli Grain-Free Tasty Paste from Pedigree Wholesale

Product of the Year: Healthcare/Grooming

  • Gold: TropiClean Essentials Collection from Pedigree Wholesale
  • Silver: TropiClean Enticers Dental Ball Kit for Dogs from Pedigree Wholesale
  • Highly Commended: Gizzls Gut Support from Gizzls

International Retailer/Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year – Sponsored by PATS Telford

  • Gold: Tom & Co, Belgium

UK Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by PATS Telford

  • Gold: Discount Feeds
  • Silver: Henry & Co
  • Highly Commended: Cocopup London

The Theresa Swann Exporter of the Year Award – Sponsored by Group55

  • Gold: Mutneys Professional Pet Care
  • Silver: HOWND
  • Highly Commended: Macahl Animal Health

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • John Burns MBE, Burns Pet Nutrition
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