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PIF reveals 2016 award winners

Companies throughout the pet industry are celebrating after scooping up awards. The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) named its 2016 winners on November 1, at Wokefield Park Hotel near Reading.

Actor and comedian, Chris Barrie, presented the event which was organised by the PIF. Hundreds of pet industry professionals attended. The night celebrated entrepreneurial talent, commercial acumen and quality customer service in a range of pet businesses.

Shortlisted companies were mystery shopped and mystery telephoned, and subject to the deliberations of judging panels, as part of the process to choose an overall winner.

The winners were:

Independent Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Natures Menu

  • PETSHED LTD

Pet Retail Chain of the Year – sponsored by Natures Menu

  • PETS CORNER, HEDNESFORD

Manufacturers of the Year – sponsored by PATS

  • BURNS PET NUTRITION AND NATURE DIET

Wholesaler of the Year – sponsored by PATS

  • PEDIGREE WHOLESALE

Exporter of the Year – sponsored by PIF Telecom

  • BECO PETS

 Grooming Business of the Year – sponsored ROYAL CANIN® and James Wellbeloved

  • VITA CANIS

Kennel/Cattery of the Year – sponsored by Nestle Purina

  • ORCHARD END KENNEL & CATTERY

Pet Services – Doggy Day Care & Boarding – sponsored by Chip & Pin Solutions

  • BRUCE’S DOGGY DAYCARE

Pet Services – other pet services – sponsored by KD Grooming Studio

  • PET BEREAVEMENT SERVICE, BLUE CROSS

Sales Rep of the Year – sponsored by Mars Petcare

  • BECKY LAMBERT – BECO PETS

Lifetime Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Inspired Pet Nutrition

  • STEVE FOWLER

The Awards followed the Pet Industry Forum, which featured a range expert business speakers. PIF chief executive, Nigel Baker said: ‘This year’s sell-out Pet Industry Forum was lively, controversial and tackled some of the most pressing issues affecting our industry today. We were delighted with the turnout and the participation from delegates to make it one of the most memorable Forum events to date.

“PIF is very appreciative for the generous support of all our sponsors and speakers, as well as the participation of stakeholders from all corners of the pet industry. As the UK’s trade association for all pet business, PIF is already looking at how it can push the industry to take forward some of the ideas which emerged at the Forum to ensure that the pet industry continues to grow and thrive”.

The Pet Industry Federation Forum 2016 was sponsored by: Mars Petcare, Nestle Purina, James Wellbeloved and Royal Canin. PBW News supported the Forum as Media Sponsor.

The 2016 Awards were sponsored by Mars Petcare, Nestle Purina, James Wellbeloved & Royal Canin, The Pet Charity, Natures Menu, PATS, KD Grooming Studio; Chip & PIN Solutions, The Institute of Pet Professionals, Inspired Pet Nutrition and PIF Telecom. PBW News was media sponsor.

Further details about the event can be found at www.petfederation.co.uk.

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