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  • 19 Sep 2018 9:57 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    IMAGE: Lakhi Thindal of ICMG UK live demo at The BIGA Show 2017

    To the disappointment of many, there will be no President Trump balloon or any kind of political demonstration or police presence at this year's BIGA Show. We are, after all, above politics (ahem).

    BUT, here's the good news: we are thrilled to confirm an unprecedented TWELVE grooming demonstrations and demonstrators. They are:

    • Ryan Lee – Labradoodle Clip and Scissor
    • Colin Taylor – Yorkie in a Pet Trim
    • Kelly Gayler – Clipped Airedale
    • Jitka Krizova – Handstrip Welsh Terrier
    • Lisa Hart – Min Schnauzer Asian Style
    • Gia Anslin – Asian Style Poodle
    • Pammie Carmichael-Hogg – Asian Shih Tzu
    • Christine Anderton – Clipped Cocker Spaniel
    • Wayne Roby – Clip and scissor Cockerpoo
    • Zoe Duffy – Long Bichon Frise Pet Trim
    • Lakhi Thindal – Attachment Comb Poodle Made Easy
    • Holly Morris – Bedlington Half-Clipped / Half-Scissored

    To book your ticket to the BIGA Show 2018, please click here. Just £10 for members or £20 for non-members. Children 16 and under go FREE. Dogs also welcome.

  • 14 Sep 2018 7:15 AM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    The BIGA Show 2018 is OPEN for Trade Stand Applications.

    IMAGE: Secret Weapon UK, seen here at GroomFest in September, will be at The BIGA Show 2018

    At just £100 for the day ( 3m frontage tradestand), or £50 for a trestle table in the market, the show expects footfall of approx 200 or more pet grooming professionals. Spaces are Limited, so please be sure to apply quickly.

    Traders are asked to decorate their stands in a Christmas theme to help us create a "Christmas Market". The BIGA Show takes place at The Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park, nr Coventry, on Sunday December 9th, 2018.

    We're expecting lots of interaction from the show visitors! Like last year, we're having a Treasure Hunt.

    Visitors will come to your stand to collect a clue, which is then used to solve a riddle for a chance at winning one of our grand prizes.

    In addition, we're organising a Passport for each visitor. The visitor comes to your stand to get their passport stamped by you. Completed passports are then entered into a draw for a chance to win yet another fabulous prize.

    And if that isn't exciting enough, we'll be providing a free mince pie to every guest who comes to the show. It's a lovely Christmassy show featuring 12 live grooming demonstrations, lots of guest speakers, a couple of fun competitions plus the BIGA Question Time (aka Town Hall) as well as a chance to win another Door Prize for the lucky visitors who buy a chocolate bar and find a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket inside.

    For more information and to register, please go to The BIGA Show 2018 or send an email to Sarah Sturley

  • 07 Sep 2018 10:47 AM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    The British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) is delighted to announce the formation of its new Pet Grooming Experts Panel.

    The Experts Panel will be BIGA's representative consultants as BIGA engages Government and other official bodies with respect to any legislation or initiatives that may affect professional groomers across the UK.

    BIGA is pleased therefore to welcome the following members to the Panel, who will be reaching out to YOU and the wider community of professional groomers. We want to hear your voice - and we're glad to have our experts help us pull these voices together in a unified way, to ensure the highest standards in our industry and for the sake of the health and welfare of pets in our care. 

    Zoe Duffy

    Kelly Gayler

    Debby Knight

    Melanie Winters-Holmes

    Colin Taylor

    Pam Gee

    Angela Caley

    Heidi Anderton

    BIGA has created the Panel to support its efforts as an associate member of the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) which advises Government via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra).

    According to the CFSG's website: "The CFSG is made up of influential organisations who advise Government on behalf of the sector on strategically important dog and cat health and welfare issues and standards." ( 

  • 20 May 2018 6:43 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    BIGA members - please visit the Resources For Members page to download the new BIGA Customer Registration Form that you can use in your business.

    This has been created by one of our members and she is happy to share with other members. Save time. Don't re-invent the wheel. Yes, it includes a tick-box that your customer needs actively to tick to confirm they are happy receiving communications from you!

    Resources for members (login required)

  • 20 May 2018 5:58 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    The new EU-wide General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into effect May 25th, 2018.

    To ensure you are compliant, please visit the Information Commissioner's Office website for details of how GDPR can affect your business.

    Information Commissioner's Office website click here

    BIGA members - we have uploaded a new Customer Registration Form that you can use in your business. Just download it from the Resources page - it is also available to download from the Forum topic about GDPR. Click here.

  • 16 May 2018 6:52 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)


    BIGA Members are asked to have their say in consultations with Government

    Thursday 17 May 2018 - The government is currently looking at widening regulations within pet care to include the pet grooming industry and has welcomed participation from the British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA), according to a statement from the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG).

    In October this year, or shortly thereafter, the Animal Activities Licensing Regulations – which, in part, impacts home boarders of pets - will come into effect. To be run by local authorities on a star-rated system, the licensing and regulation of pet groomers may take a similar shape and could be expected within the next five years.

    BIGA has been invited to join the CFSG as it advises the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on this process.

    BIGA directors Heidi Anderton and Pam Gee, along with Honorary Member Angela Caley, attended a ‘Big Tent’ meeting at DEFRA on May 1st.

    At the meeting, stakeholders across the pet industry were briefed on the new rules for pet boarders and were invited to engage their peers and colleagues in the industry about how a similar system could be implemented within the pet grooming industry.

    “This is very big news and I’m pleased that BIGA has been invited to advise government in the shaping and making of policy that could directly impact professional groomers across the UK,” said Heidi.

    According to the statement from the CFSG:

    “CFSG is pleased to have BIGA as a member so that we can move forward with ensuring good standards within the grooming sector and as you may know we are currently looking at drafting guidelines around this. The risk-based system is only for the activities included under the current Regulations but CFSG's aim will be to widen that and include a number of additional activities involving cats and dogs. BIGA's input will certainly be welcomed and we look forward to working with you."

    “We have set up an online forum on ,” adds Heidi, “and we are now actively engaging our membership to have a voice in this process. BIGA is here to make sure that groomers, who are in the front line of pet welfare, are consulted and listened to.”

    If you would like to discuss the proposed developments with other members of BIGA, please visit

  • 02 Mar 2018 10:59 AM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    ALL grooming businesses in the UK now have the ability to add OR claim their FREE listing on

    Visit us at Crufts, Hall 5 - Stand 91, to find out more!

    Crufts is getting BIGA and better lol!

  • 06 Oct 2017 11:48 AM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    Article submitted by Joanne Angus, Captain of Groom Team England. Photography by Peter Hulance.

    The World Grooming Championships took place in Kortrijk, Belgium on 1st October 2017 with 20 countries taking part, ranging from all over Europe and from as far away as China and Australia.

    The atmosphere was electric; the room filled with vibrant colour from all the teams’ flags and uniforms and the noise of cheering supporters resembling that of a football game rather than a grooming competition!

    Groom Team England at World Grooming Championships 2017, Groomania, Kortrijk, Belgium. Pictured left to right: Peter Ensell, Amy Manser, Lesley Harpham, Denise Westbrook

    Groom Team England members - (pictured left to right) Peter Ensell, Amy Manser, Lesley Harpham and Denise Westbrook along with our fantastic photographer Peter Hulance - had left the UK on Thursday to make the journey by car with their dogs and support team.  Having visited the Groomania competition in Kortrijk as part of their team commitments previously, they were well prepared for their stay in the lovely Park Hotel.

    Peter Ensell of Groom Team England competing during World Grooming Championships in Kortrijk, Belgium, 1st October 2017


    Friday and Saturday were taken up with the Groomania competition with more competitors from England taking part than ever; English grooming had many successes in the ring. Julie Lalou Simpson achieved a 2nd place in both Champion Hand Strip and Clippers-only classes with beautiful Welsh Terriers; Sue Pratt gained 2nd Place in the Workshop class with her lovely Labradoodle and Becki Ensell received the Best Makeover award of the show with her Lakeland.

    The ultimate prize of Best in Show and the Richard Barker award were taken by Groom Team England’s very own Amy Manser who absolutely stole the show with her stunning American Cocker, Twist. This was the highest entry ever for a grooming show with almost 400 entries over the 2 days with groomers from all over the world competing for the title. The English support team were delighted to say the least!

    Amy Manser of Groom Team England at World Grooming Championships 2017, Kortrijk, Belgium, 1st October 2017

    Friday evening was spent at the gala dinner where all the teams could socialise in a relaxed atmosphere, with a buffet dinner and wine flowing freely and the most amazing live band, a great night was had by all.


    Sunday morning arrived with an early start and preparations for the presentation of each countries competitors at 8.00am. Joanne Angus as Team Captain headed the English team carrying the St. George’s Flag high and they took their place with the other 19 teams for official photos. The red and white Groom Team England uniforms, sponsored and made by Top to Tail clothing, really stood out amongst the crowd. With the dogs having coordinated handmade collars and leads, courtesy of Jo Silk - Smith, the team and dogs looked more than impressive.

    Lesley Harpham of Groom Team England, at World Grooming Championships 2017, Kortrijk, Belgium, 1st October 2017

    The parade of teams waving their country’s flags was an amazing spectacle filling the room with colour, and the enthusiasm of the cheering crowds was infectious motivating the teams all the more and encouraging them into fight mode and ready for battle. The competition was on!

    Lesley and Pete were up first with Bisto the Norwich Terrier and V the Kerry Blue. The floor was awash with a variety of Terriers and Pure Breed Scissor dogs and after an incredibly quick two and a half hours the first stage of the competition was finished. Lesley and Pete had done their bit for the team and could now only wait.

    The afternoon session began with Amy and Denise taking centre stage with Boris, the American Cocker and Gandalf, the Standard Poodle. There were Setters, Spaniels and Poodles of all 3 sizes to keep everyone engrossed with the sculpting and shaping taking place on the competition floor in front of them. Two hours 45 minutes later and it was all over. The competition was finished and the fate of the team was in the hands of the judges.

    Denise Westbrook of Groom Team England at World Grooming Championships 2017, Kortrijk, Belgium, 1st October 2017

    The judging took place and the judge’s scores were given to the jury to calculate the points awarded for each individual and the combined total for the team.

    All 20 teams lined up on the grooming tables so the audience could capture the photos of the expertly groomed dogs on show. The atmosphere was amazing with music playing, whistles and horns blowing and flags waving. The dogs were fantastic and coped brilliantly with all the noise.

    Finally the results were ready - would we be in the top 6?? We all held our breath as the teams were announced in no particular order and to our delight the English team were placed!

    The teams were announced in reverse order with France coming in 6th, Belgium in 5th and then England were announced in 4th place; we proudly took our place on the stage for the trophy and medal presentation and official photos.  Having previously gained 5th, 3rd, and 6th places in World Championships, this was undoubtedly the best result in the 10 years we have competed due to the amount of countries entered.

    After a long and emotional day we made our way back to the hotel to celebrate. We organised a dinner for us all in a local restaurant where we all raised our glasses together to a great weekend.

    The team spirit was fantastic all weekend with everyone looking out for each other and supporting each other’s ups and downs.

    Groom Team England took fourth place at the World Grooming Championships in Kortrijk, Belgium, 1 Oct 2017. Competing team members, left to right, in red jerseys front of image: Peter Ensell, Amy Manser, Lesley Harpham, Denise Westbrook. Team Captain Joanne Angus in white jersey, next to Lesley.

    THANK YOU and SPONSORS - plus results below

    Thanks must go to all the sponsors of Groom Team England: Red Cape Grooming Supplies, Aesculap, Maude and Eddies Grooming, Wet Pets Conversions, Animology, English Groomers Group, PATS and Look North Grooming & Training Centre for their financial support as without them the trip would not have been possible. Thanks must also go to Peter Hulance who took the amazing photos and also all the groomers and public who support Groom Team events throughout the year. Contributions from these events are vital and go towards the cost of the World Championships.

    The supporters who made the journey were phenomenal making the atmosphere a very patriotic one. Everyone dressed in red and white and with the England chants it made the whole event a memorable experience for all.

    Final Results

    1st     USA                             215 points                 

    2nd    Italy                             205

    3rd     Russia                         196

    4th     England                     192

    5th     Belgium                     175

    6th     France                        165

    7th     Netherlands            144

    8th     Brazil                           142

    9th     Australia                    131

    10th   Spain                          127

    11th   Germany                  123

    12th   Switzerland             117

    13th   Canada                      102

    14th   Greece                      94                          

    15th   Poland                       92

    16th   Ukraine                     91

    17th   China                          82

    18th   Sweden                    56

    19th   Portugal                    39

    20th   Mexico                      28

    Submitted by  Joanne Angus. Images by Peter Hulance

  • 02 Sep 2017 7:41 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    Take a look here, page 60

    We're in Total Grooming Magazine because of the FREE resources that BIGA members are creating and sharing with each other!

    Doesn't that just give you the warm fuzzies?

    We are a community of like-minded professionals after all. No politics. No BS. Just plain good ol' fashioned respect for each other and our own personal journeys doing something we love and appreciate as a wonderful privilege. Go BIGA. Well Done You. 

    Here's the article: click here, page 60

  • 20 Aug 2017 3:31 PM | BIGA Chair (Administrator)

    Tickets and Competitor Registration are now available for The BIGA Show 2017, Sunday Nov 19th

    Members and non-members are warmly welcome.

    This year, the lineup of events and activities includes the following:

    • Workshops, seminars and Guest Speakers
    • FREE Buffet Lunch included in the entry fee
    • Educational demos from ICMG, City & Guilds, OCN
    • The BIGA Dog Swap FUN competition AND Novice Doubles!
    • Tradestands and Christmas-Market theme shopping
    • NEW: The BIGA Question Time
    • Door-prizes and an interactive, fun 'Treasure' Hunt
    • Three chances to WIN an iPad throughout the day!
    It all takes place in The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, nr. Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

    Sunday November 19th from 10am to 4pm

    To book your tickets, please go here: The BIGA Show 2017

    Exhibitors pls also go here: The BIGA Show 2017

    BIGA Hugs!

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