Job Vacancy for Aquatics Department Manager (Full Time)

Hornsea Garden Centre is one of the largest centres in the British Garden Centres family. Located in beautiful surroundings near Hornsea it has recently seen the addition of a new restaurant and a huge development making it a destination garden centre. Hornsea now boasts a new aquatics department as part of the development.

The new aquatics department here at Hornsea Garden Centre is the one stop shop for the fish keeper. With a great range of Marine, Tropical and Cold Water fish. We offer our customers a great selection of accessories along with expert advice to help them get the most out of their aquarium or pond.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated Aquatics Department Manager to continue the development of this department. Previous experience as a retail manager within the aquatics industry is preferred, however, applicants with a proven management background with a knowledge of fish keeping will be considered.

The successful candidate will be:

• Accountable for the operational excellence and financial performance of your department.

• Ensuring the highest standards of display, compliance and livestock inventory control are maintained and that sales revenue targets are achieved and exceeded.

• An inspirational leader for your new team ensuring that they receive clear direction and performance management within a culture of coaching and mentoring.

• Highly commercial and results driven with a proven track record in a Management position.

• Positive and strong communicator and a skilled motivational people manager. Adept at succession planning and performance management.

• Accountable for providing great customer service and have a keen eye for detail around the consumers experience in your department.

• A solution orientated thinker with excellent problem solving skills.

• Maintain standards of cleanliness and biological health of livestock holding systems.

• Responding to customer needs with expert advice and providing excellent customer service

If you are looking for new challenges with in a forward thinking family run business and would enjoy the rewards this role would bring then we would like to hear from you.

Please email your CV and include any relevant fishkeeping experience, toether with a cover letter explaining why you could be an ideal candidate for the position.

Closing date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Top 3 Welsh pet products

To celebrate St David's Day, we've gathered together some great products from some of our favourite Welsh brands.

Truline by Pero
This meat and fish variety contains chicken, turkey, salmon and is grain-free. Pero have been making natural foods since 1985 and are based in Betws-y-coed, North Wales.
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Welsh Meadow Hay by Burns
Based in Carmarthenshire, Burns' Welsh Meadow Hay is good for rabbits, and for pets, is a true taste of Wales. The hay is made on Burns' own farm too.
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Country Choice by Gelert Nutrition
Gelert was the name of Prince Llewellyn's loyal dog and this food is fit for royalty. This wet food is gently steamed and is available in trays of 395g.
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PetsPyjamas to help pet brands raise quick revenue

Online pet lifestyle destination, Pets Pyjamas has launched a new ‘Private Sales’ concept for pet owners, available exclusively to subscribers and providing a quick revenue opportunity for pet brands.

Open to current brands listed with the site, as well as new ones wanting to work with this business, PetsPyjamas’ new Private Sales offers brands the opportunity to turn surplus and seasonal stock into quick cash. Items must have a least 50% off the normal retail price but for maximum impact, PetsPyjamas encourages suppliers to reduce prices to 70% off.

Commenting on their latest innovation, PetsPyjamas CEO Gracia Amico says: “Fast-paced, fashion and interiors sales sites are already massively popular in the UK and we've been quick to adapt the concept for pets. Available exclusively via a password-protected, subscription-based area of our site, we're giving brands the opportunity to turn surplus and seasonal stock into quick cash to invest in new collections, business development or even clearing some space in their stock room. With up to 70% off across a wide range of items such as beds, toys and coats, we've had a fantastic reaction so far from today’s deal savvy consumer.”

Brands wishing to sell via PetsPyjamas, should direct their enquiries to Sara Griffiths North at


A vacancy has recently been made available to become a member of the OASE UK team.

OASE are the worldwide market leaders in Water Gardening and pride themselves on their exciting, innovative and market leading products. In the last year OASE has expanded into the Drainage, Irrigation and Indoor Aquatics markets; including the acquisition of biOrb. 

This role requires a great deal of flexibility as no two days are the same. A willingness to learn is essential; as is enthusiasm. You will need to have a keen interest in ponds or aquariums and a desire to provide excellent customer service every day.

The role will include, but is not limited to:

-       Dealing with enquiries in relation to orders and products via email and phone

-       Testing incoming returns and processing necessary paper work

-       To attend OASE exhibitions, customer weekends and site visits when required

The role is based at our offices in Andover in Hampshire so the successful applicant will need to able to travel there each day or relocate to the area.  A full driving license is essential.

At OASE we have a very friendly team who are widely regarded as the best in the industry.  To join us in the next stage of our growth please contact Amanda Crook, Sales Office Manager - with CV and covering letter.

Closing date: 10th February 2017

Join Cotswold RAW for just £10

Cotswold RAW is offering the crowd a 10% stake in its bustling rural business as it seeks to raise £250k that will deployed to expand its product range whilst evolving both its distribution and production infrastructure.

With some 8.5million dog owners in the UK it makes real sense to invest in a food arena which has enjoyed enviable growth, both in times of economic boom and austerity.  With 1-3 dogs currently suffering from ‘obesity-related’ issues it’s vital that the same ‘healthier living’ momentum that is slowly but surely changing the face of human consumption is allowed to migrate into pet food.  

With a state-of-the-art, Defra approved kitchen facility (7000sq ft) Cotswold RAW stands tall as a proud family-owned, rural voice championing human-grade ingredients (meat, bones, seasonal veg and beneficial herbs), local sourcing (wherever feasible), ingredient traceability and long-term countryside sustainability. 

‘Pet humanisation’ is the popular movement which recognises that dogs are less pets and more integral members of the family, a thought-provoking realization that encourages health conscious pet owners to apply the same sensible choices to their pet’s food as they would their own: all-natural, nutrient-rich, flavoursome, the welcome presence of superfoods…

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80 years of Laughing Dog

Laughing Dog, one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to bake its entire range of dry dog food at its family-run farm in Lincolnshire, has celebrated its 80th birthday.

Established in 1936, the dog food company has been traditionally oven-baking its wholesome recipes for 80 years. Originally formed in Dunchurch, Coventry, the well-loved brand joined Fold Hill Foods family in 2008 and since then has become an integral part of the company’s heritage. 

To mark this special occasion, Laughing Dog’s entire workforce, bakers and non-bakers, hosted a company bake off. Everyone was invited to enter a baked creation from traditional family favourites to taste-bud ticklers.

Taisie Grant, granddaughter of Fold Hill’s founder Ted Grant, and the day’s nominated bake-off judge says: “While our 1936 Laughing Dog recipes are still some of our bestsellers, we are very proud to be able to combine our traditional methods with exciting and new innovation, ensuring that our delicious and nutritious recipes are constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity while remaining true to our original values. It’s also been an opportunity to support a local charity, Jerry Green Dog Rescue, with all donations for cakes and biscuits going to the cause.”

While oven baking is a much slower process compared to the more conventional process of extrusion which involves cooking at high speed and pressure, Laughing Dog firmly believes it is a much gentler process. Baking helps to better protect the natural ingredients, as well as creating a uniquely crisp and crunchy kibble which helps to slow down fast eaters and keeps teeth clean and breath fresh too. 

Laughing Dog’s Farm Bakery range of dry completes and mixer meals is available in wheat free and grain free varieties, and its Farm Kitchen range of wet completes is grain free. For further information, please visit, email or call (Freephone) 0800 098 8057. For more information about Jerry Green, visit 

All aboard! The first dog tour comes to London

The world’s first ever city tour bus for dogs, where every element of the experience caters to man’s best friend, is opening in London.

Created by MORE TH>N DOGGYSSENTI>LS, the bus tour invites owners and their dogs to experience a whistle-stop sightseeing experience of London like no other.

The carefully crafted bus route sees dogs taken to some of London’s best parks and city centre dog walking spots, including Hyde Park, Kensington Palace Gardens and Green Park. Along the way, live onboard commentary for dog owners lifts the lid on London’s rich canine history, including the ministerial dogs of Downing Street, the many corgis that have shared Buckingham Palace with the Queen and the location of London’s only dog cemetery.

The route itself centres on a number of London’s most scenic dog-walking hotspots, including Hyde Park and Green Park, for owners to disembark the bus and take their pooch for a stroll if they choose. Guests will also be provided with a handy leaflet mapping dog-friendly pubs, bars and restaurants in the area, where owner and dog can refuel together post-walk.


Bucktons receive highest BRC accreditation

When you imagine a factory, I wonder what you visualise. For me, it was conveyor belts, robots and noise. But when PPM was given the chance to meet Bucktons Brand Manager Kirk Rothwell at the bird care factory in Driffield, East Yorkshire and have a tour, we couldn’t resist. 

Just a couple of months ago, Bucktons achieved the highest food safety standard accreditation from the British Retail Consortium – the AA Grade. Once inside the factory, we could see why. Everything has its place and traceability is key. We asked Kirk, why will this grading set them apart?

"We have held the highest accreditation from the BRC for the last seven years, across a stringent set of criteria, covering everything from processes, hygiene and safety, to full traceability of ingredients. To achieve the newly created AA grade from the BRC, sets us above the competition and this standard means both retailers and shoppers can trust our products to be the best quality in the UK.” The facility recently underwent a £1.5m investment to manufacture suet products and now produces 99 percent of its own food range in-house. 

We were given the full factory tour starting with a lab area that resembles a sweet shop – albeit one containing nuts and fruit. Everything is catalogued and great emphasis is placed upon knowing the origins of all the ingredients used in the process, right down to the smallest grain. 

This room is quiet but it’s one of the most important places in the building. Heading out of there, we went into the warehouse, which has a huge capacity able to service the needs of larger retailers such as Pets at Home to the smaller ones. Stacked high, you’ll find all of the company’s best loved products – most of which I wanted to take home! Priding themselves on quality suet products, I was able to pick up some of the suet balls as they popped out of the machine – it was amazing to see how well formed they were and feel the quality of them. Every process inside the factory is perfectly orchestrated – watching the packing whizz around to be filled with product and then sealed was mesmerising. Of course, machines and robots play a huge part in the manufacturing process but Bucktons doesn’t rely on machines, with humans keeping a close eye on quality control. 

If something doesn’t look right, it won’t make it through. With a real finger on the pulse of technology, it’s amazing to think that the company began 200 years ago when George Buckton founded a general mechants company in Hull. 

This was the man who was known for shipping produce and exotic ingredients from distant lands. The company was sold on to the Hutchinson family in the early 20th century, but it wasn’t until the 1960s, that it became a staple of the pet industry and developed into the business we know today.

Known primarily for its bird food, the company became part of Westland Horticulture in 2012.

Today, Bucktons’ range of aviary bird food is extremely popular. Its canary food and parrot food in particular include Spiralife – a sort of superfood for birds. Containing added vitamins A+D, anti-oxidants and calcium, it’s a far cry from the cuttlefish granny used to feed Polly!

Visiting the factory and meeting all the people that help create these premium products is a great reminder of just how important it is to fuse technology with people power, heritage with innovation and great packaging with an even greater product.

So next time a customer comes into your shop asking for birdfood for wild – or aviary birds, you’ll be able to tell them the story behind Bucktons and why this AA rating should matter to them. Traceability is a hot issue and one that every food business must embrace.

To find out more about the range or to stock Bucktons products, please visit: