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British Isles Grooming Association link up leads to whole new course portfolio for further education provider

Two British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) supporters have teamed up to revolutionise cat grooming in the UK. 

Fern Gresty of iPET Network, met Heidi Anderton when they were both Directors at BIGA, and true to the spirit of the organisation, the doors were opened for a partnership and further promotion grooming for animal welfare. 

Heidi’s Absolutely Animals business in Lewisham is now an approved iPET Network Training Provider, and industry veteran Heidi, who has run her business for 28 years, worked with Fern and partner Sarah Mackay to create the UK’s first portfolio of dedicated cat grooming qualifications. 

Fern said: “This really does show how being part of a trade organisation like BIGA can open doors to new opportunities. 

“iPET Network is also exactly that too, and all those that become Training Provider’s with iPET Network benefit from being part of our inspiring gang!

“We are so excited to have worked with Heidi on these qualifications, and as far as we are concerned the sky’s the limit for cat grooming in this country, both in the UK’s current salons and beyond!”

Heidi currently grooms around 30 cats a week at the London salon, and her unique two groomers per cat technique is a key part of the training she passes on to students who come through the door. 

She said: “This is the first nationally accredited portfolio of cat grooming qualifications, and I want to encourage existing salons to consider cat grooming, because it is so important for their welfare. 

“I’m really pleased to be working with iPET Network, and thrilled that our joint support of the British Isles Grooming Association brought us together.” 

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