Girbau UK Launches Under Counter Washer and Dryer Models

Well known for its robust commercial and industrial laundry equipment, Girbau UK has launched its first professional grade Under Counter washers and dryers that fit underneath standard 900mm height counters. Both machines combine energy efficiency, ease of use and compact size with high quality, durable construction making them ideal for a wide range of applications including veterinary and animal care.

The new Under Counter washer’s strong stainless steel Active Drum™ design has hourglass lifters that guide loads to gentler central areas for better load balance and reduced wear on delicate items. A 180-degree opening door makes the machine easier to load and unload from a basket. It is available with a choice of 6kg or 8kg capacity with either a pump or gravity drain.

Quiet long-life operation is assured thanks to the washer’s sturdy Quattro™ construction with durable shock absorbers that allow virtually vibration-free high-speed spinning. Rather than cheap concrete counterweights, the washer features cast iron stabilisers for higher spin speeds, better water extraction and increased spin efficiency.

The washer features an easy-to-use liquid crystal display user interface. It features 28 flexible programs, three of which are customisable, as well as disinfection, mop, microfibre and allergy settings. It also comes with in-built service diagnostics. The delayed start function can be used to plan ahead and set machines to run off-peak to optimise use of cheaper energy tariffs.

The new Under Counter dryer can also be stacked on top of the washer to save floor space. The 6kg capacity model is available in both condenser and vented versions and the 8kg capacity model is vented. The Sensi Dry system automatically determines the right drying time, saving energy and assuring fabric care. Its convenient auto programs save energy as the running time is automatically adjusted according to load size and the required dryness.

Butterfly drying ™ tumbling in a figure of eight movement, non-stop in one direction stops clothes from bundling and ensures long life durability of the motor and belt. The efficient lint filter has an automatic indicator to remind users to clean it for optimum energy efficiency and safety.

The dryer’s memory function remembers the last program used including any chosen settings, so if nothing needs to change, you can simply press start for the next load.

The new Girbau under counter washer and dryer are now available to order from Girbau UK.


As we all know, the fad of designer breeds is in no way going to decrease. And as more and more people bring home a dog that is not purebred, the issue with skin disorders will not go away.

Skin disorders are a major challenge for everyday groomers. The most common issues reported by veterinarians include folliculitis, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis and sebaceous adenitis. These skin conditions can contribute to poor coat health, irritation, and hair loss. It is important to note that although these are skin conditions, they will affect the entire body including the coat, ears, and feet.

But as a groomer, how do you recognise a skin disorder, and best of all how do you work with the owner to achieve a better life for the dog?

Groomers carry a great deal of responsibility for their clients' pets. It is important to understand that skin is the pet's largest organ, so what you use and how you use it can either prevent or cause dry skin. An imbalance in the skin--what we refer to as 'atopy'--can cause itchy skin and excessive oil production. So, it's very important to get yourself familiarized with shampoo ingredients, and atopic disorders that cause skin disorders, because every product you put on a pet should be able to give something back to the skin that helps normalise the barrier.

With so much information and products readily available to you as a groomer, it is important that you research the information and the right products carefully.

The New iPET Network Level 3 Award in Promotion of Canine Skin, Hair and Nail Health has been developed with the pet professional in mind. It provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the tools, methods and techniques used to keep the skin, hair, and nails of dogs in optimum condition. This course will enable you to gain an understanding of the importance of canine skin care; learn how to assess a dog's body condition; understand pain in dogs (and its causes); be able to recognise abnormal/disorders skin lesions; understand disease processes affecting the skin, hair, and nails; and more.

Paula Bryan, Managing Director of Clipit Grooming is delivering this online course to enable candidates to develop knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of canine hair and skin, to discuss and recognise to know when to recommend a client seeks veterinary advice, and to provide advice to owners on grooming, maintaining coat quality and condition.

This online course is available via Clipit Grooming and can be found by using this link 


The team behind Be:Loved, Carina, Nick and Andrew, give us a rundown of what they can offer you!

We are always working hard to create new natural products to benefit you and your pet’s day-to-day lifestyles.

We won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise building an international pet care business, and Carina has been a leader in the industry for over 16 years. Carina loves horse riding, and her young family keep horses, dogs and chickens. She and her business partners are from farming families in Dorset, Wales and Australia.

We have inherited not only a love of animals, but a healthy respect and practical care for working animals and domesticated pets that pet parents truly appreciate.

The Be:Loved Tale

The inspiration for Be:Loved was an old family heirloom: a farmhouse animal husbandry care book.

Carina’s family used to create cures for their stock using nothing but the hedgerows and nature’s harvest.

They compiled a treasure chest of recipes from soaps and shampoos to help farmers clean grubby hands and paws, to moisturising balms for callouses - and absolutely everything was natural.

We used and reimagined these recipes for our four-legged friends and have an effective and luxurious range of products to help care for and delight pets and pet parents alike.

Together you’re two-of-a-kind. Show that you care with all-natural, handmade products that help pets to be clean, protected and best of all, be pampered.

The current Be:Loved range consists of the Be:Set, Be:Calm, Be:Clean, Be:Bugfree, Be:Vegan, Be:Silky, Be:Pure and Be:Fresh.

There is also a range of balms, Be:Soft, Be:Safe, Be:SunSafe.

Our range of balms has individual benefits for pets and parents alike. Sun cream with a protection factor safe for pets, first aid that helps heal cracked, broken skin and soothing balms to gently prevent and cure rough or damaged skin. All hand-poured with natural ingredients that start to work straight away.

To find out more, get in touch by dialing +44 (0)1628 822247, e-mailing and visiting @belovedpetz on Instagram.


DogFest is back and is an absolute must for dog lovers and pet owners alike – expect a fun filled day to treat yourself and your most precious four-legged friend. Taking place in the stunning Loseley Park estate, near Guildford in Surrey on the 7th and 8th May, a day you and your dog will never forget awaits.

DogFest, in partnership with ManyPets (the new name for Bought By Many Pet Insurance) is the ultimate dog-friendly festival created for dogs and dog lovers and jam packed with activities to guarantee a memorable day out and a snoozing pup all the way home.
The mammoth festival sees over 150 shopping stands and over 10 fun-filled activities from flyball to dog diving, as well as food and drinks stalls serving everything from mouth-watering gourmet burgers to pawsecco and pupaccinios (perfect for pooches!) take over the park.

Visitors will be invited to try their paws at non-stop have-a-go activities including an agility course sponsored by Seresto Flea and Tick Collar, haybale racing sponsored by Wisdom Panel or take part in a 2k or 4k Big Dog Walk through the stunning country grounds to raise vital funds for Dogs Trust; or grab a rosette at the ManyPets Fun Dog Show, with categories including Best Rescue or Most Fabulous Fella.

Once festival goers and their dogs have had a go at the activities, they can pamper their pooch with a bit of retail therapy from venders like the Fabulous Filly, a unique bar and shopping experience made for dogs. Dogs can sip Barkarita and Pawstar Muttini Puptails whilst their owners browse the best brand from Poochi, and Furberry to Ted Barker.
Get expert advice from the industry’s leading professionals including behaviourist Adem Fehmi in the Behaviour Zone and Dr Scott Miller, resident vet on ITV’s This Morning, who will be attending for the first time, as well as a plethora of dog gurus provided by Dogs Trust at the Dog School.

Dr Scott Miller said: “I’m delighted to be at DogFest this year to offer advice to dog lovers both old and new! With the pandemic we’ve seen an increase in dogs being a welcome addition into people’s homes, but over this difficult time often the normal avenues of advice and support have been hard to gain access to. I’m really happy to be able to offer my expertise so dog lovers can ask their questions and gain invaluable knowledge so they can be the best pet owners they can be!”

There’s also the not to be missed Instagram worthy dog diving spectacle, delicious refreshments, and the ultimate retail therapy for you and your pup on offer…yes, dog heaven really does exist!
For those interested in re-homing a dog in need, the official charity partner, Dogs Trust, will be hosting a Village Green where visitors can meet dogs looking for a new forever home.
Dogs Trust are also inviting local rescues with their new families to reunite with their rescuers so they can be updated on their new happy lives.
There is also an action-packed main arena with demonstrations from hugely talented canines and trainers including TikTok sensation Lucy Heath. Crufts Freestyle winner Nicci Hindson will be showing off her dancing dogs in the obedience ring and showcasing the latest tips and tricks to teach your pooch.
2 The brand new V.I.Pooch (as in very important) experience is perfect for those more discerning festival goers allowing you entry into the exclusive V.I.P area plus a Goody bag, fast track entry, complimentary refreshments including an ice cream for you and your dog and a chance to meet paw-some celebrities!

DogFest takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May at Loseley Park, Surrey. A variety of ticket options are available including weekend adult at £35 or online advanced tickets for families from £58.
DogFest promises a fun filled day for pets and owners alike and this year will reach wider than ever before with seven beautiful venues across the country, from Loseley Park, Surrey to Harewood House, Yorkshire.
For more information visit or make sure to follow DogFest on Instagram via @Dog_fest

Aqueos: The same sustainable products only greener

Award-winning Aqueos is upgrading its branding to better showcase the company’s commitment to sustainability and ethical manufacturing.

As the trusted maker of alcohol-free disinfectants, shampoos and first aid products for dogs and horses, we aren’t changing anything other than our labels.

Buyers still get the same quality products, but in bolder, brighter packaging that mirrors our hopes for a bolder, brighter future.

Aqueos disinfectant solution is gentle, but effective, using active ingredients supported by the GB BPR Active Substance Review Programme for use with Veterinary hygiene biocidal products. Tested effective to standards EN1276 Bactericidal, EN1650 Fungicidal and EN14476 Virucidal, our disinfectant products kill coronaviruses and they have also been independently tested against ringworm and parvovirus.

Aqueos disinfectant products

• Have less than 1% active ingredient
• Are biodegradable
• Are PH neutral
• Don’t harm plant life
• Use recyclable packaging
• Use shredded cardboard as packing filler
• Are cruelty free
• Are vegan friendly
• Made in the UK

Products include anti-bacterial shampoo for dogs and horses, stable & kennel disinfectants, wipes, hand sanitisers and first aid products.

Available from wholesalers or contact us at

Can You Cut It? Christies Direct search for their newest brand ambassadors.

Christies Direct launch their search for passionate groomers to represent their brands.

Kicking 2022 off with a bark, leading dog grooming suppliers Christies Direct are looking to appoint their newest brand ambassadors to represent them in the global pet industry.
Wanting to be inclusive of all areas of expertise and influence, Christies Direct have created different roles to ensure there are a variety of options for groomers to get involved in educating their audience and growing the global grooming community. Christies Direct are searching for an Elite Brand Ambassador, a Digital Content Creator and Chief Product Reviewers.
Colin Christie, CEO of Christies Direct, has been an industry leader in animal grooming for over thirty years. He says, “We are looking for brand ambassadors that shine in all areas of content creation and live performance. The successful applicants will be exciting, skilled groomers, with excellent product knowledge and a passion for pet grooming and our brands”

The Elite Brand Ambassador role has been created for innovative and creative grooming experts across the globe. The company initially plan to appoint a groomer for this role who is based in the UK or Ireland but will be expanding this into other territories. This role requires expert knowledge of products and techniques, great presentation skills, confidence on and off camera and the ability to produce excellent written content.
This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy travel, networking, giving product reviews, and creating content. The role also includes supporting new product development at Christies Direct.
The Christies Direct Brand Ambassador 2021, Kayla Harrison will be helping to judge applicants. She adds, “Don’t be afraid to show off your technical prowess and highlight your creativity and any areas of innovation. As groomers we are passionate about our creativity and creating content that stands out. Share this in your application and it will definitely set you apart from other applicants.”
Christies Direct are also looking for a digitally savvy groomer to come into their brand ambassador team as a Christies Direct Creator. The successful applicant will be an influential groomer with a great online following who is visually minded and confident in content creation.
Christies Direct also hope to collaborate with passionate groomers to provide product reviews. This role would be ideal for busy groomers who may not have the time to commit to one of the other roles but who are passionate, opinionated, and articulate.
In stage one groomers are asked to share their experience, knowledge, and the reasons why they think they can cut it as a Christies Direct Brand Ambassador, alongside a brief introduction video where they share their favourite Groom Professional product. The judging panel, Colin Christie (CEO), Matt McCallum (Marketing Manager) and Kayla Harrison (Brand Ambassador 2021) will review the applications and shortlist the top candidates to move on to Stage 2.
To learn more about the roles on offer or to apply, click to become the new Brand Ambassador for Europe’s number one pet grooming supplier.