Not sure which Membership Level is appropriate for you? Fear not, we have the answer
GROUP A STUDENTS (FREE) - if you are actively in training with a BIGA-registered Training Centre, ask them to sign you up for one year FREE Associate membership of BIGA (they just need to send an email to email@example.com and we take care of it). This membership applies to individuals only, not businesses (so you don't receive a window sticker for your salon and you don't receive the free enhanced business listing on mypetgroomer.co.uk)
GROUP B INDIVIDUALS - individual membership relevant to aspiring groomer, trainee, retired, international, related pet care professional (eg a vet or vet nurse, maybe a dog walker, trainer, show handler etc). Access to all normal benefits and you can upgrade at no additional cost to Business or Training Centre membership anytime. You are more than welcome, and encouraged, to join the BIGA community, participate, learn etc. Your details will be listed on the Directory on mybiga.org IF you want them to be (you decide what information to list - the Directory can only be seen by other members, not the public - but it's a great way of being able to get hold of other members). This membership level is for individuals only, not suitable for a business membership. If you are a business, please take a look at Group C (Businesses) or Group D (Training Centres).
GROUP C BUSINESSES - this the main membership for pet grooming businesses and applies to a single business location whether we groom from home or operate our own mobile grooming business or we operate from commercial premises. This level provides access to all the normal benefits PLUS we can have up to six members of our team access the member website. As a bonus, you can have one business listing at Silver level on mypetgroomer.co.uk for free (this is a bonus only and has no monetary value).
GROUP D TRAINING CENTRES - this is for pet grooming training centres only and allows for up to ten members of the team to access the member site, plus your training centre is featured on mybiga.org AND mypetgroomer.co.uk. Training centres must be an approved centre or approved assessment site for one of the BIGA-recognised qualification pathways (eg. City & Guilds, ICMG, OCN etc.) Training centres may be required to provide proof of a teaching qualification and dog grooming qualification.
GROUP E HONORARY AND ADMIN - reserved for BIGA Honorary Members only and/or Admin and members of the Board
To sign up, please visit the Join Us page.
Don't fit neatly into one of the membership levels above? Perhaps you are a multiple retailer and need a customised membership solution. Or you are a larger corporate organisation and want your staff/team to participate in BIGA. Please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take it from there .
Still struggling to make sense of this? Lets try the following scenarios:
I'm currently a student at a BIGA-registered training centre and dream about having my own salon one day > GROUP A - FREE (ask your training centre about this)
I'm a dog-walker, would like to know more about grooming and be part of the community, maybe offer it one day to my clients > GROUP B INDIVIDUAL
I'm a vet nurse and do occasional grooming at my surgery and would generally like to know more about professional pet grooming or be part of the grooming community >GROUP B INDIVIDUAL
I'm a trained groomer, not currently employed as a groomer, just enjoy it as a hobby and like to help out friends and family > GROUP B INDIVIDUAL
I'm not a qualified groomer, but I am trained and I've got a few years experience. I run my own mobile grooming business > GROUP C BUSINESS
I'm a qualified groomer with my own part-time business grooming from home > GROUP C BUSINESS (BUT you can choose GROUP B INDIVIDUAL if you prefer - you just don't get a window sticker or an enhanced listing on mypetgroomer.co.uk)
I'm retired but still enjoy talking to other groomers, hearing their stories and sharing my own advice and experience > GROUP B INDIVIDUAL
G'day mate, I'm a professional groomer in Australia > GROUP B INDIVIDUAL
I run my own mobile grooming salon as the sole groomer > GROUP C BUSINESS
I run my own grooming business and have three groomers that work with me > GROUP C BUSINESS (you can have up to SIX members who all get their own unique profile on mybiga.org and can participate independently in the forums etc).
I'm a grooming supplier with an awesome product for professional groomers > please talk to us about sponsorship, advertising or participating at our events
I'm a great big superstore and employ a lot of professional groomers > please send us an email email@example.com
I'm a magazine and would like to support BIGA > please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am interested in advertising, either on mypetgroomer.co.uk OR within mybiga.org > please send us an email email@example.com