Following six months of turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UK pet industry can finally celebrate some good news with the announcement of the 2020 PetQuip Awards winners.
This year, nine UK companies are celebrating winning “Gold” awards, with eight picking up “Silver”, and six receiving “Highly Commended” accolades.
PetQuip has also recognised the outstanding work of Eddie Milbourne, founder of the Canagan Group, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
It wasn’t possible this year to present the awards in person at the special gala event during PATS Telford as planned due to the exhibition being cancelled. However, PetQuip decided it would recognise and celebrate innovation within the pet industry in an equally innovative way, so the judging by a panel of retailers and marketing experts, took place as usual.
To give this year’s winners and finalists as much exposure as their achievements deserve, PetQuip has produced a Winners’ Special digital magazine, which has been posted on the www.petquip.com and www.patshow.co.uk websites.
“We would like to congratulate not just our worthy winners, but all our entrants who made it through to the finals — it’s not an easy task and our judges were rigorous in their assessment of all entries,” said Pat Flynn, PetQuip’s trade association manager.
Here is a full list of the award winners:
Marketing Project of the Year:
Gold Award: Judge’s Choice.
Silver Award: Barking Heads.
Highly Commended: ProDog Raw.
Exporter of the Year:
Gold Award: ChickenGuard.
Silver Award: Natures Menu.
Highly Commended: Eden Holistic.
Product of the Year — Accessories/Technical:
Gold Award: Lah De Dah Dog — dog walker’s cross body bag.
Silver Award: Meg Heath Dog Leads — car boot lead.
Highly Commended: The Green Poop Bag company — compostable poop bags.
Product of the Year — Food/Treats:
Gold Award: Clydach Farm — Taste of British Isles Complete Kibbles.
Silver Award: Goodchap’s — Catfish Twirls; Doggy Bag (goody bag); Canine Christmas Cracker.
Highly Commended: Different Dog — handmade dog food range.
Product of the Year — Healthcare/Grooming:
Gold Award: Sniffe & Likkit — complete grooming range.
Silver Award: Henry & Co — ear cleaner for dogs.
Highly Commended: WaggleAntics — Tick Defence.
Supplier of the Year:
Gold Award: Goodchap’s.
Silver Award: Eden Holistic.
Highly Commended: Four Paws Country Pet Hotel.
International Retailer/Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year:
Gold Award: Wanimo, France.
Silver Award: IRIS, Slovenia.
UK Retailer of the Year:
Joint Gold Award: Ginger & Browns, Blakemere Village, Cheshire; and Scampers Natural Pet Store, Ely, Cambs.
Silver Award: Trusty Pet Supplies, Derby.
Eddie Milbourne, the Canagan Group.