Pet Products and Services Industry Guide
Here you will find sources of information such as market research (statistics, trends, developments), key companies, trade magazines, newsletters, and Internet sources.
This guide will be useful to anyone starting a business within the pet industry and also for those wanting to further their knowledge within this area.
It also covers the practical aspects of how to start and run particular types of businesses – outlining necessary skills, regulations, licences and legislation etc. and highlights other sources of information and advice available.
Fact sheets for small business in PDF format – available online via electronic resources:
Business Opportunity Profiles (BOP)
|Pet Dog Trainer||2018||BOP425|
|Pet Grooming Service||2018||BOP037|
|Pet Sitter/Home Boarding Service||2018||BOP382|
|Horse Riding School||2018||BOP131|
|Animal Hydrotherapy Service||2019||MBP003|
|Equine Sports Massage Therapist||2019||MBP018|
|Pet Taxi Service||2018||MBP332|
|Pet Clothing Designer||2017||MBP227|
|Pet Funeral Service||2017||MBP049|
|Pet Portrait Artist||2017||MBP051|
|Dog Day Care Centre||2017||MBP408|
|Bed & Breakfast For Horses||2017||MBP132|
|Pets & Pet Care Sector Update||2019||SEC020|
|Pet Care and Pet Services||2015||SYN018|
Business Legal Library
|Pet Animals Act 1951||2018||LEG627|
Small Business Help Books
This is a collection of books with practical information aimed at those starting and running a business. Located by the entrance to the Centre.
Start Your Pet-Sitting Business by Tammy Gagne (Raintree, 2018) [SBH.BT.166]
Chiefly intended for younger readers, but contains much useful information.
How to Profit From Pet Products by Alison Jones (Elmsbury, 2012) [SBH.BT.58]
Chapters on: routes into the pet product business: understanding the market; choosing the right sales channels; branding and brands; sourcing products and suppliers; the art and science of pricing; attracting customers; improving your financial performance; thinking about the future.
How to Start and Run a Petsitting Business: a step-by-step guide to setting up a successful enterprise in this rapidly expanding market by Fiona Mackenzie (How To Books, 2008) [SBH.BT.64]
A step-by-step guide, including: researching your market; naming your business; the law relating to animals; pet care; marketing and advertising; sample pet-sitting contracts; insurance, licensing and other legal necessities.
Market Research & Statistics
Market research also covers market size and forecasts, consumer demographics and attitudes, the key players and products and will often include SWOT and PEST analysis showing areas of strength, weakness, opportunities etc.
Included here are reports covering the UK, Europe, and global markets. Reports covering other world regional markets are not included.
- Pet Care In [country]. Country Report, 2019 These industry overviews contain data on pet populations, sales of pet products by category, manufacturer, brand, category of retailer.
- Pet Products in [country]. Country Report, 2019 These category briefings contain data on cat litter, pet healthcare products, pet dietary supplements, and other pet products.
- Other Pet Food in [country]. Country Report, 2019 These category briefings contain data on the market for pet foods for birds, fish, “small mammals” (gerbils etc.), reptiles.
- Dog Food In [country]. Country Report, 2019
- Cat Food In [country]. Country Report, 2019
These titles have been produced for the following European countries in 2019:
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
Other Passport Euromonitor titles published in 2019 include:
- E-Commerce: What Can Packaged Food Learn From Pet Food?
- The World Market For Pet Care. Briefing, June 2019
- Dog Food in Eastern Europe. Briefing, April 2019
- The Future of Online Grocery,. Three Lessons From Pet Food. Briefing, April 2019
- Category Insights: Top Trends in Pet Products 2019 July 2019
Analyses key trends in the market and innovation and assesses the future landscape for new opportunities.
- Retail Viewpoint – Pets at Home H1 FY2019/20 for the 28 weeks ending 10 October 2019 November 2019
- Retail Viewpoint Pets at Home Q1 FY2019/20 for the 16 weeks ending 18 July 2019 August 2019
- Success Case Study: NomNomNow Pet Food – Leveraging Online Retail to Deliver Healthy, Premium, and Fresh Pet Food February 2019
- Retail Viewpoint – Pets at Home Q3 FY2018/19 for the 12 weeks ending 3 January 2019 January 2019
Accessible via electronic databases
These reports have sections on: industry performance; industry outlook; products and markets; competitive landscape; major companies; operating conditions; kay statistics.
- Pet Food Wholesaling in the UK January 2020
- Pets & Pet Supplies Retailers in the UK January 2020
- Garden Centres and Pet Shops in the UK November 2019
- Prepared Pet Food Manufacturing in the UK October 2019
- Veterinary Services in the UK February 2019
Accessible via electronic databases
These reports have the following sections: overview; the market; the consumer; data.
- Pet Food – UK September 2019. Also has a section on companies and brands.
- Pet Food and Pet Care Retailing – UK August 2018
Business News & Journals
In order to find the latest news on your topic it is always worth searching Factiva, Business Source Complete and EMIS.
You will find articles from specialist business and academic journals, as well as newspapers and magazines. You may also find market research reports and case studies. As well as profiles of leading industry figures.
You will also find articles covering recent developments, and predicting future trends in your industry.
Trade Magazines and Newsletters
Useful for gaining inside knowledge, recent trends, industry news, company profiles, reviews of new products and services. Some contain annual reviews and company contact lists. Only included here are publications for which the latest edition held is dated 2014 or later.
None of these are held in the Business & IP Centre. Some are in the Science 2 Reading Room. Others are held in the General Reference and Document Supply collections, and must be ordered (using the Explore the British Library catalogue); delivery time is two working days.
Pbw news: pet business world (Dog World, monthly) General Reference Collection. [ZK.9.b.5817]
The feed compounder (HGM Publications, monthly) In Science 2 Reading Room
[(P) EB 68 -E(7)]
AllAboutFeed: international magazine on animal nutrition, processing and feed management (Reed Busines, ten issues yearly) In Science 2 Reading Room
[(P) 636.0855 -E(1)] Most recent issues held at Boston Spa, 48 hours delivery time [0788.615300]
Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH Publications, USA, bimonthly) In Science 2 Reading Room [(P)EF70 -E(1)]
Homing World Stud Book (annual) (British Homing World Publishing Co. In Science 2 Reading Room [(P)EF68(P1) -E(1)]
Magazine of the Parrot Society UK (Parrot Society, monthly) In Science 2 Reading Room [(P)EF68(B1) -E(1)]
UK pet trade directory: a guide to manufacturers, suppliers and services for specialist pet retailers. (Bauer Media, 2015) [(B) DIR 381.4563608870284]
Lists companies’ addresses under: birds; dogs; cats; small animals; reptiles; aquatic; retail support services; wholesalers. Also a Product Locator section.
RCVS Register of Members 2017 (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2017) [(B) DIR 636.08902541]
Names and addresses of all qualified and practicing vets in the UK.
Internet SourcesBelow are listed the websites of major UK associations and societies. These can provide useful information, such as: lists of members; calendars of forthcoming shows and events; details of training, professional qualifications and accreditation. Some also carry advertising.N.B. This list is a selection only. There are many other societies and organisations whose websites may be useful sources of information.
Trade association. The Pet Food Facts page includes information on codes of practice, labelling, and legislation.
Professional association’s website.
Includes a members’ list, and information on pet behaviour counselling as a career.
A specialist division of the British Independent Retailers’ Association (BIRA).
The UK's largest organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs. Website has a list of forthcoming dog shows.
Professional association dedicated to maintaining standards. Offers courses in pet-sitting and dog-walking.
The UK's leading feline welfare charity.
Professional association. Includes information on training.
The main organiser of cat shows in the UK. Website includes a calendar of forthcoming shows.
Professional association and governing body. Website includes list of canine hydrotherapy centres in the UK.
A good general information resource on pet parrots; also carries advertising.
A trade organization for pet stores, fish breeders, and importers. Website features information for both members and consumers.
Professional association for riding schools, providing qualifications for instructors and grooms.
Trade association for all businesses connected with equestrianism. Includes calendar of forthcoming horse shows.
Contact the National Cavy Club via Facebook.
Gives details of local hamster clubs, and a calendar of forthcoming shows and events.
Gives details of forthcoming shows, contract details of local clubs, and a directory of breeders.
Please note that every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however some recently acquired items may since have been added to the collection. Please ask for help at the enquiry desk or check the online catalogue Explore the British Library for more details.
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