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PIF award winners announced

The 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards were announced at an awards dinner held at Whittlebury Hall Hotel.

The event was organised by the Pet Industry Federation (PIF), which this year celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a special birthday themed awards dinner.

The PIF awards recognise entrepreneurial talent, commercial acumen and quality customer service in a range of businesses across the pet industry.

The judges whittled down a record number of entries across thirteen categories, as part of the process to choose the overall winners.

The full list of winners were:

Independent Pet Retailer 2017 – sponsored by ROYAL CANIN & James Wellbeloved
Unique Pets, Aylesbury

Pet Retail Chain 2017 – sponsored by Natures Menu
Kennelgate, Hucknall Branch

Wholesaler of the Year 2017 – sponsored by PATS
Bestpets

Manufacturer of the Year 2017 – sponsored by PATS
Marriages Specialist Foods

Exporter of the Year 2017
Little BigPaw

Sustainability Award 2017
Inspired Pet Nutrition

Innovation Award 2017
Natures Menu

Kennel/Cattery Business 2017 – sponsored by Jelf Insurance
Chetwynd Firs Boarding Kennels & Cattery, Telford

Pet Grooming Business 2017
Shampooches of Harrogate

Charity of the Year 2017 – sponsored by Mars Petcare
The Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation

Pet Service Business 2017 – Doggy Daycare
Suffolk Canine Creche

Pet Service Business 2017 – Dog Walking & Home Boarding
Woof Walkies, Wrexham

Pet Service Business 2017 – Other
Very Important Pets, London

Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 – sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance
Richard Higgs

PIF chief executive, Nigel Baker said: “The PIF awards showed that the UK pet industry is thriving. The record number of entries we received this year, the range of businesses; the innovative approach that so many companies are taking and the positive response to what the consumer is looking for, show that the pet industry in this country has got a lot to be optimistic about and is working hard to secure its future.

“Many congratulations to our worthy winners. Our judges had their work cut out to determine the winning businesses this year, from the exceptionally tough competition in each of the shortlists.”

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

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