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  • 12 May 2019 3:15 PM | BIGA Admin (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 Admin (Administrator)

    Find us, the friendly BIGA family, at Crufts Hall 5 Stand 86 from Thursday March 7th through Sunday March 10th

    Make sure to ADD or CLAIM your FREE business listing on

    JOIN the more than 900 businesses already featured on MyPetGroomer!

    Find out more about BIGA and how you can get involved. BIGA is the pet groomers trade association and community support network. Be a part of something BIGA.

  • 18 Nov 2018 6:41 PM | BIGA Admin (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 Admin (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

  • 19 Sep 2018 9:57 PM | BIGA Admin (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 Admin (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 Admin (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 Admin (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 Admin (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 Admin (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

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