Were you at the Pet Industry Federation awards or are you thinking of entering your business in the future?
The awards took place in Northampton on October 21st 2021 with 250 pet business owners coming together to celebrate the work they do.
Having been postponed several times due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was a huge celebration.
I went along to the event and spoke to Alexandra and Nigel Baker from the Pet Industry Federation about the awards.
And four fabulous petpreneurs – three winners and one of the shortlisted businesses – shared what the awards mean to them.
You can listen to the interviews on the player link below.
About the Pet Industry Federation awards
The PIF Awards celebrate success across a wide range of products, services, companies and individuals and provide the perfect platform to recognise excellence and innovation in the industry.
After such a turbulent year, the opportunity to highlight the outstanding achievements made throughout the pandemic, is more important than ever.
This year there were a total of 25 awards and you can see the businesses who made the shortlist on the image below.
The judging process
Each application goes through a rigorous judging process.
Nigel Baker explains: “We take the awards very, very seriously.
“We don’t just randomly give out the awards. They go through a judging panel. There are mystery shoppers and phone calls.
“There is a raft of measures we take to make sure that the best people end up with the shortlist.
“Then from the shortlist we have judges that go through the applications and a range of criteria to choose the winners.
“So it is actually a very serious thing to get to PIFA and it’s a great credit to people who win and also the people who got on the shortlist.”
The PIFA winners for 2021
The winners were….
New Business of the Year – Barking Bags
Pet Retail Chain of the Year – Jollyes
Independent Retailed of the Year – Creature Comforts
Supplier of the Year – Dorwest
Wholesaler of the Year – Bestpets
Export Business of the Year – Christies Global
Grooming Business of the Year – Palmer’s Dog Grooming
Grooming Wholesaler of the Year – Christies Direct
Product Innovation – Dog – Scoff Paper
Product Innovation – Cat – Tonsity – Yummy Rode
Product Innovation – Small Mammal – Haypigs
Kennel of the Year – Rose Cottage
Cattery of the Year – The Pet Joint
Sustainability Award – Petface
Student of the Year – Keyna Summer and Aoife Tate
Home Boarding Business of the Year – The Country Dog Hotel
Dog Daycare Business of the Year – Pack Buddies
Pet Services Business of the Year – That’s Pawfect
Online Business of the Year – Kavee
Manufacturer of the Year – Skinners
Lifetime achievement award winners
Craig Turner – Natures Menu
Robert Quest – Heathrow Airport Animal Transportation
Special achievement awards
Kelly Davies – Groomer School
James Middleton – Ella and Co
Using the awards to put the spotlight on your pet business
Winning an award or being shortlisted is an opportunity to pitch to your local media and get press coverage.
Journalists love feel good stories about local businesses doing well and you can send off a pitch in just a few minutes.
If you need to write a press release, there’s a step by step guide in this podcast.
And if you’d like a template to help you, download one here.
Behind the scenes at the awards podcast
This podcast features interviews with hosts Alexandra and Nigel Baker from the Pet Industry Federation.
Plus winners Debbie Greaves from Barking Bags, Gemma Connolly from Scoff Paper, Steve Belgrau from The Pet Joint and Denise Lucas from The Green Poop Bag company who was shortlisted for the Sustainability Award.
Key topics and timings in this episode:
2.36: Interview with Alexandra and Nigel Baker from the Pet Industry Federation
12.05: Interview with Debbie Greaves from Barking Bags – Winner of New Business of the Year
22.19: Interview with Gemma Connolly from Scoff Paper – Winner of Product Innovation – Dog
33.02: Interview with Steve Belgrau from The Pet Joint – Winner Cattery of the Year
36.53: Interview with Denise Lucas from The Green Poop Bag company – Shortlisted for Sustainability Award
45.31: Conclusion and how to get press coverage from the awards
Links mentioned in this episode:
Website – Pet Industry Federation http://www.petcare.org.uk/
Website – Barking Bags https://barkingbags.co.uk/
Website – Scoff Paper https://scoffpaper.com/
Website – The Pet Joint https://www.thepetjoint.co.uk/
Website – The Green Poop Bag company https://greenpoopbag.co.uk/
Want to learn more about awards? Listen to this podcast with Kirsty Skeates about how she used them to raise her profile.