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  • 24 Mar 2020 11:00 AM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    Last updated Tuesday 7-Apr-2020

    BIGA would like to inform our members and the community of UK professional pet groomers of the updated guidance we have received today from the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG), the industry advisory body to Defra (the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs).

    This guidance was issued today Tues 7-Apr-2020. Click here. 

    [edit: the link takes you to the CFSG website. Click on the link along the left-hand margin for 'Coronavirus' for the most up-to-date information from the CFSG]

    To be clear, this is the guidance from the CFSG on behalf of the Government. It is not issued by BIGA.

    Please read it carefully. Use your professional judgement on all health and safety issues. Be sure to follow all safety protocols.

    If you have questions or require clarification, please contact

    This is a hugely divisive issue in a very challenging time for our country. Please stay safe and remember to treat all other groomers with professional courtesy. 

    Above all, continue to follow all government advice.

    Stay at Home. Protect our NHS. Save Lives.

    * The links are listed for you where you can read more from all the relevant bodies.

    We will do our best to keep you all up to date with any changes in advice.

    Recommended Articles and sources of credible information:

    1. World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak

    2. Federation of Small Businesses

    Advice and Guidance for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed

    3. British Veterinary Association - updates for the veterinary profession

    4. GOV.UK Advice: Further Businesses and Premises to close

    5. GOV.UK Advice: COVID-19: Support for businesses

    6. Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis Advice - Coronavirus Financial Help & Rights

    7. GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for people with animals

    8. Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) - Advice for Animal-Related Businesses and Local Authorities

    [edit: this takes you to the CFSG webiste. Click on the link for Coronavirus located along the left-hand margin of the site]

    Coronavirus and animals

    According to the OIE, the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission, and, to date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

    Current evidence suggests Covid-19 has an animal source but this remains under investigation. Vets should continue to take the usual precautions when handling animals and animal products in line with good biosecurity protocols.

    On 1 March it was reported that a Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong had tested positive for Covid-19 and further testing, including gene sequencing, suggests that the dog has a low-level of infection and that this is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission. The dog has not shown any clinical signs of disease. A blood test has also been carried out and has come back negative, indicating that there are no measurable amounts of antibodies in the blood at this stage. This does not rule out infection. The OIE states that

    “There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick.

    Advice of owners who are self isolating or suffering with coronavirus
    If a pet is in the household of an infected person Defra is advising pet owners to limit contact with their pets and to phone their vet in an emergency.

    We are expecting advice from DEFRA but currently this is BVA Advice

    • Remind all owners not to bring their pets to a groomer or surgery if they are self-isolating because of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 infection.
    • If the pet requires vet attention owners need to nominate a friend/family member from outside their home to bring the animal to your practice (there is no expectation that vets will undertake home visits when it’s not safe to do so);
    • In emergency owners must phone the vet before attending any surgery they will set up isolation procedure and prepare for safe examination of your pet

  • 31 Jan 2020 1:19 PM | BIGA Chair (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 Chair (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 Chair (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 Chair (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 Chair (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 Chair (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 Chair (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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  • 18 Nov 2018 6:41 PM | BIGA Chair (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 Chair (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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