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  • 24 Mar 2017 2:25 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    congratulations BIGA members, Bow Wow London, on the opening of your new salon in Central London.

    News of the event was picked up by The Pet Gazette - read all it about it here:

    Pet Gazette article


  • 24 Mar 2017 12:00 AM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Congratulations BIGA members (and future members, ahem)


    You've been nominated Best Non-Profit in this year's Liz Paul Awards (thanks everyone for the nomination - truly an honour for all members)!


    To vote: click here


    But please do so urgently because time is running out. Now, read this to discover the shocking claim about BIGA (don't skip to the bottom right away, you have to read thru this to get it..)


    Why vote for BIGA?


    We could say vote for BIGA because it's the first non-profit pet groomers' association to acknowledge and publicly feature the generation of professionals who have contributed so much to this industry - and continue to do so - with the Honorary Members list.


    That would be plenty of reason for most. High time this sort of thing happened. It's nice to see. It's well earned. And our Honorary Members are, truly, to be honoured and respected.


    But if you need more reasons than that, well, how about the fact that BIGA (which launched just under a year ago), is the first non-profit pet groomers' association to create an interactive membership website for the sharing of knowledge among members and is actively creating a community support network of like-minded professionals?


    All of that is taking place on the members' website - forums, downloadable resources, a searchable member directory so we can do things like communicate with each other. That's kinda cool isn't it? A safe space for asking questions, answering questions without judgement. Just support and good ol' fashioned friendly advice.


    Are those reasons enough yet?


    How about the fact that BIGA is the first non-profit to create a public pet-owners' website featuring image boards of pet styles, a searchable directory of member businesses plus provides pet owner advice to raise awareness and educate the pet owner about everything that goes into regular pet grooming?


    That's radical isn't it? A website for the pet owner! With images of different pet styles!


    Sheesh. Is there more that BIGA could be doing? Of course there is. You're part of it and you're making it happen. But BIGA needs your vote.


    If all this hasn't convinced you though, how about this:


    BIGA is something we can all agree on (whooooa?? what???)


    Because BIGA is all about support and encouragement between all of us in the industry to achieve the highest standards when it comes to the health, welfare, safety, security and well-being of animals in our care.


    If you like what BIGA is doing, please vote for BIGA in the Liz Paul Awards.

    click here


  • 21 Mar 2017 2:41 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    BIGA is pleased to announce its first official Honorary Members in recognition of their contributions to the professional pet grooming industry in the British Isles.

    Each Honouree is distinguished by their exceptional commitment to, and generosity in, the sharing of  their knowledge and hard-won expertise with other pet grooming professionals.

    To see our list of Honourees, please click here.

  • 15 Jan 2017 7:28 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)


    Established Covent Garden Dog Shop, BOW WOW London, is looking to appoint a Head Dog Groomer for our new Central London Salon, opening soon. The candidate must have at least 2 years Dog Grooming experience.

    We are looking for a dynamic, creative person who will help develop this new venture and expand our client base.

    Competitive salary offered.

    For further details please email administrator@bowwowlondon.org


  • 13 Jan 2017 2:27 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    Independent business develops National Dog Grooming Qualification

    BIGA members Four Paws Groom School in Northwich, Cheshire has worked alongside Open College Network West Midlands to develop The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming.  This new qualification is regulated by Ofqual and is recognised in the UK’s national education system at level 3 (A Level Equivalent).


    After starting the business 8 years ago, Fern Gresty Director says “pets are more popular than ever and the public want to be assured that their companions are being cared for by trained, qualified professionals and they are going to leave a grooming salon happy, and looking great! I launched the Groom School after failing to employ a dog groomer who matched my expectations.  Working with other professionals, we went on to design a course that ensured we delivered dog grooming training to the highest standard.”


    Sarah Mackay (Regional Grooming Manager) joined Four Paws in 2015 and focused on quality assurance, to developing the existing course alongside Open College Network West Midlands into a qualification that is regulated by Ofqual (who oversee all qualifications in the UK). Sarah’s great success has led to her becoming a Business Partner and Director at Four Paws Groom School. Together, Fern and Sarah hope to inspire students into following their dreams to work with animals whilst raising industry standards.


    Sarah says “before this there was only one other UK qualification relating to dog grooming which requires students to complete exams and a level 2 qualification first. We wanted to be mindful of the cost to students and so our course does not require a pre-entry qualification and may appeal to more adult learners who have been out of education for some time.”  


    Four Paws Groom School deliver the course training over 25 days with additional time allowed for students to research and learn from others in the industry.  The dates are flexible and enable students to learn around their other commitments. The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is assessed through coursework and ongoing appraisal from your tutor meaning no scary exams! This comprehensive, holistic approach has been welcomed by Four Paws students and is receiving great reviews.  A fast-track option is also available for experienced groomers seeking a formal qualification to confirm their skill level.


    To find out more about us visit www.fourpawsgroomschool.co.uk or http://www.opencollnet.org.uk/qualifications/all-qualifications/dog-grooming.


    Four Paws Groom School

    Suite 1, The Rushes, Norley Road, Cuddington, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2TB

     Tel: 01606 889022






  • 28 May 2016 4:53 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    BIGA is excited to announce that we've reached a milestone of 100 new members since our launch at MasterGroom at the end of April.

    In just little over a month, 100 new members have joined the professional pet grooming trade association and community support network.

    "This is incredible momentum and it thrills me that groomers are hungry to be part of a wider, supportive community of like-minded professionals," said Colin Taylor, one of BIGA's Founder Directors.

    BIGA has already rolled out discounted tailor-made insurance for its members. But the most exciting element has been the members' website, mybiga.org, which encourages interaction and participation in getting to know each other better. Features include a member directory, a Jobs board, online forums (including a social forum), profile pages that can be personalised, news and events as well as the ability to message other members from within the member site.

    BIGA's introductory half-price sign-up special continues through the month of June. Membership is open to all - whether you are an aspiring groomer, student, retired, business owner, supplier, magazine - just take a look at the Member Levels page on mybiga.org to learn more.

  • 24 May 2016 12:35 AM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    In direct response to member requests, BIGA is happy to announce the addition of a dedicated JOBS section to mybiga.org, exclusively within the members' area.

    So, if you're a business owner looking for a full or part-time groomer, or need a Freelancer for occasional or holiday cover, you can post your opportunity in the JOBS section within mybiga.org.

    OR, if you're a groomer who is looking for full or part-time work, or keen to freelance for occasional or holiday cover, you can likewise post your availability in the JOBS section within mybiga.org.

    Members can simply see the post in the JOBS section and then contact the posting member by contacting them within the Member Directory.

    Seemple. That's what we like.


  • 12 May 2016 5:38 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    BIGA members can now consult the Directory page of mybiga.org to meet and contact other BIGA members. The list can only be seen by other BIGA members and it's entirely up to each member whether or not they want their details to appear in the Directory (you only need to tick a box within the Privacy settings in your account).

    Every member of BIGA has a dedicated profile page that they can fill in with their details as well as create photo albums, personal descriptions and more - it's to help each of us get to know each other a little better. It's all about creating a fun, down-to-earth, real-person community within BIGA and we're looking forward to members making the most of this awesome feature.

  • 12 May 2016 5:35 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)

    BIGA has teamed up with HIA International to provide discounted tailor-made insurance for BIGA members. Please click on the Insurance page for details (part of the Benefits section - members need to be logged into mybiga.org to see this page).

  • 25 Apr 2016 8:15 PM | BIGA Admin (Administrator)
    BIGA is live !

    We launched officially this last weekend at Master Groom, 23-24 April 2016. It's been an exciting start with lots of enthusiasm and eager new members already champing at the bit to get going.

    The Introductory Half-Price discount period runs from now thru May 31st - and renewals don't start until 1 June 2017 (so the sooner you sign up, the more free weeks there are of enjoying access to the Members Area - check out the Forums in particular).

    Yep, there is a lot to do - but this is the grassroots part of BIGA. Our members get to shape and develop BIGA from the ground up. The framework and structure is in place. We just need you to get involved, have your say and help make it happen.

    We look forward to seeing you on the inside!


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