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  • 15 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Some of you have already submitted your feedback on the proposed guidelines for regulation within the professional pet grooming industry. Feedback so far includes just a little outrage that the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) insists that groomers not be allowed to clean a dog’s teeth because more than fifty years ago, in 1966, the Veterinary Surgeons Act said so. Science and technology have moved on in the last half-century. There are now plenty of groomers actively providing ultrasonic teeth cleaning treatments and loads of dogs are benefiting enormously. Non-sedating. Non-vibrating. No scraping of the enamel with a metal scaler. Cleaning below the gumline. Increased awareness leading to better dental hygiene. Cases that would otherwise go undetected now being referred by groomers to the vet. Good for dogs. Good for vets. Good for owners. Good for groomers. What’s not to love? The ultimate losers in PIF’s proposal? The dogs we serve. Unless you agree with PIF, should you be silent on this issue?

    To read the BIGA Newsletter which covers this topic and more, click here

  • 31 Jan 2020 1:19 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)


    BIGA Director Heidi Anderton with a message for the New Year

    Last year the grooming calendar ended with the BIGA Show, a huge thank you to all who attended, the demonstrators, speakers, volunteers and stand holders. I hope you had a great day like I did. The hall was filled with trade stands and the feedback has been really encouraging that you want the show to continue for another year. and if you are a member, there is a member only area.

    BIGA invites you to become involved, make new friends and advance your career. We are here to help each other, that’s what makes an association, like-minded people.

    Your ideas, input and experiences will help BIGA to grow. So, whether you are a new or experienced groomer, don’t be shy, if you have ideas and free time and can participate and do something for your grooming association, please send us an email to

    This year we aim to finalise the Guidelines for Groomers, streamline the aim of BIGA and grow the member benefits. As well as getting the BIGA show ready for next year which will be held at the kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh on the 1st November.

    Happy New year

    Heidi Anderton LCGI ICMG

    BIGA Director

  • 13 Nov 2019 12:54 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    One of this year's Christmas Market trade-stand exhibitors is Centre Stage Backdrops, by Katie Rourke-Dowding. This is the story behind the backdrop. 

    The Centre-Stage Backdrop

    Whilst devices to prevent dogs from reaching the back of the table have been used by smart groomers for decades, the bespoke hand made to measure Centre Stage Backdrop was an entirely new concept which was developed and designed by Katie Rourke Dowding in 2018.

    Katie realised how important it was to prevent "table migration" when her own back problems started to threaten her grooming career. Initally she used a board to block off half of her table, then her husband upgraded it to a hinged section that would lock into place with bolts.

    This, however wasn't "portable" either to other tables or other groomers and it was another 5 years before Katie developed the design we know and love to use today.

    "There were some spectacular failures in the first versions," she laughs. "Grommets that simply didn't do what they promised they would, which tore out of the fabric with little or no provocation and the first batches of fabric which simply fell apart with little or no pressure!"

    We quickly realised that the only safe Backdrop was one that fitted right across the table with very little room at either end of it and that although there are only half a dozen table widths out there, there are as many again different H-Frames to fit them so the total number of variables was much higher than initially anticipated.  

    Although she is happy with the current version (No 12 as it happens) she is constantly adapting it in response to groomer's requests.  That's the joy of making each and every one by hand," she says, "we can be spectacularly reactive to the market."

  • 13 Oct 2019 1:27 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Amy Manser is one of TWELVE top dog groomers generously to provide a live grooming demonstration at this year's BIGA Show 2019. Don't miss Amy's Handstrip Schnauzer. 

    See who else will giving a live demo! For all the exciting details, click here

    All happening at The BIGA Show, Sunday Dec 1st, 2019.

    FREE Entry for Members when you pre-register online

  • 07 Jul 2019 1:54 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Professional pet groomers, and members of the British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) in particular, are eager to know what is going on with respect to the licensing or regulation of pet grooming. After all, since October last year, doggy daycares, home boarders as well as dog breeders and sellers of puppies in England have been required to obtain an animal activity licence. This requirement extends to other activities involving animals but, so far, does not include pet grooming.

    Pet groomers can therefore expect, not unreasonably, that they are next in line when it comes to animal activity licensing. The question is less about 'If' than 'When'.

    The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) advises government, specifically DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) with respect to animal activities licensing. They are the animal welfare experts behind last year's licensing. 

    BIGA was invited two years ago to join the CFSG as an associate member, with a view to represent professional pet grooming businesses when it comes to any regulation of pet grooming.

    We are grateful to the CFSG for the invitation. After all, who better than actual pet groomers to help ensure that any measures introduced are realistic and practical? 

    The CFSG has recently provided BIGA with an update:

    “There is an aim to get a non statutory set of standards which those wishing to improve the reputation of dog and cat groomers and to prove they operate to a a good standard will adopt of their own accord and which CFSG members would make the public aware existed.”

    The statement went on to say:

    “Once the huge amount of work around Brexit clears, we will be seeking to get DEFRA to add more activities to the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations of which grooming would be one so yes in the future it may well be regulated but not for the time being.”

    What does this mean for professional pet grooming businesses today?

    BIGA exists to promote the highest standards in animal welfare and professionalism in pet grooming businesses. We welcome any future animal activity licensing and look forward to an ongoing and active leadership role as discussions continue with the CFSG. We will be reaching out to our membership in due course about any potential 'gold standard' the industry may potentially create and embrace. The aim of this will help to provide pet owner reassurance, promote professionalism of pet grooming businesses and, best of all, protect animals in our care by ensuring the highest standards in animal welfare during pet grooming.

  • 29 Jun 2019 7:57 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    We are very pleased indeed that pet grooming suppliers Mutneys and Simpsons will both be sponsoring The BIGA Show 2019 as our two named GOLD Sponsors.

    Gold sponsorship of the show is a £500 donation in exchange for a 6m frontage stand in a prime location. This donation helps enormously to make the show a reality by contributing to venue hire, prizes and competition giveaways and general costs.

    A BIGA Thank You to our GOLD sponsors Simpsons and Mutneys !!

  • 12 May 2019 3:15 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    There's no such thing as a silly question, especially when you're new to pet grooming.

    But how do you ask the question in a public forum like Facebook without fear of a backlash from a cruel keyboard warrior?

    Why not join the BIGA Mentorship program on Facebook? If you're new to the industry, a student, just starting out, why not request a Mentor? It's the safe, happy place to learn from somebody in the business who has been there, done that. No judgment. Just supportive care and a real interest in helping you on your journey!

    Find out more about BIGA's Mentorship program on Facebook

    Click here 

  • 02 Mar 2019 6:19 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Find us, the friendly BIGA family, at Crufts Hall 5 Stand 86 from Thursday March 7th through Sunday March 10th

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    Find out more about BIGA and how you can get involved. BIGA is the pet groomers trade association and community support network. Be a part of something BIGA.

  • 18 Nov 2018 6:41 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Always at the cutting edge (intentional pun) when it comes to progress in the industry, The BIGA Show is introducing an Open Mic Products and Services Showcase.

    Taking place in the main hall (the East Hall) instead of a separate seminar room, the Open Mic will be arranged a bit like a trade stand, on its own, but with a bunch of chairs for spectators (like the Live Demonstrations).

    Each session will take up to 30 minutes.

    Kevin Simpson from Simpsons is scheduled for 10am with "the big reveal".

    Next up is Rob Fellows showcasing Reiki for Dogs, and Groomers Too.

    At 11am we have the privilege of Paula Bryan talking about "Maintaining your Equipment".

    This slot is still available at the time of writing. If you are a trade stand exhibitor and would like to showcase your product or service, please get in touch. Send an email to

    Cleany Teeth is the ultrasonic teeth cleaning system. Heidi Anderton will tell us more!

    "The Vet said The Groomer Did It". Rafal from Dogzilian talks to us about clipper rash / irritation / hot spots - and the customer who thinks you injured their dog during grooming and how to prevent!

    Gia Anslin provides a demo of Karhia Pro - the first coat stripping machine!

    More Open Mic sessions to be confirmed!

  • 06 Oct 2018 11:50 AM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    BIGA is thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of VIP Seminar Speakers for this year's BIGA Show 2018


    This year's lineup of VIP speakers includes the following:

    • Angela Caley, ICMG UK: "The History of Dog Grooming"
    • Heidi Anderton, LCGI: "CAT Grooming"
    • Katie Rourke Dowding: "Mind Your Own Business"
    • Kelly Gayler: "Compassionate Handling"
    • Ryan Lee and Sophie James: "Make More Money #30WAYS"
    • Colin Taylor: "Work Smarter, Not Harder"
    • Paula Bryan: "Maintaining Your Equipment"

    To book your place at this year's must-attend event, go to the dedicated page within the Events section The BIGA Show 2018

    The BIGA Show 2018 takes place Sunday Dec 9th 9am-4pm at The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, nr. Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

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