George Angell Back At Angell Pets

Unfortunately my spinal condition and associated complications has me currently disabled and unable to work and practically housebound. For the last month or two Billie has been running the business on her own carrying out all the shop duties (ordering, unloading deliveries and stocking shelves, serving customers, answering the phone, feeding, watering and cleaning all the animals, cleaning the shop, opening and closing etc.) as well as all the back office duties (banking, stock control, website management, supplier issues, finance, answering customer emails and social media enquiries etc.).

This month her brother, George, has returned from New Zealand and has agreed to help out by giving up his Saturday and a couple of evenings a week to take off some of the pressure.

Pet shop gloucester

Not only is this good news for us because of the extra pair of hands but we couldn’t have asked for a more qualified, experienced, expert person to step into the breach.

George has a first degree honours in Animal Science from UWE. During this study he won two awards, including top student. He has worked in the UK with a very wide variety of animals both his own and with a professional animal breeder and flown a variety of birds of prey. He has worked on a rhino reserve in South Africa, tracked king cobras in the Thai jungle (where he broke his collar bone – he always pushes things to the limit!), swam with whale sharks (but didn’t check his camera was charged) and worked on black parrot conservation on Mahe in the Seychelles and the Madagascan Fody on Assumption Island in the Indian Ocean during a year off from his degree.

He lived in New Zealand for three years (at one point working on “Mount Doom” from the Lord of The Rings – his “office”) and twice nearly fell off cliffs! He has been working on the conservation of New Zealand’s endemic fauna including Kiwis, Keas, Kakapo, Tuatara etc. and has worked with the Australasian Swamp Harrier, being one of the few people licensed to fly these birds in the world. He even took a few months out to train vultures for a new business venture in Spain. He recently returned to the UK to take up a full time post at an Oxford college to look after and expand their animal collection and to teach students in the handling and husbandry of these animals including reptiles and amphibians, mammals and birds.

So if you wish to buy an animal from people who really do have the qualifications, experience and expertise to give you the best advice on how to set up an animal’s enclosure and look after it for its lifetime, buying and keeping it in tip top condition; you will not find a team that can compete with Angell Pets. Our range of animals and products covers just about any animal suitable to be kept in captivity and extends to wild birds and wild animals and livestock such as chickens and ducks, goats and horses.

We hope you pop in and see us and once I get all this treatment out of the way I will be back too.

The Angell Pets Team

October Offers

 

Eukanuba small breed

Eukanuba Small Breed Adult – Chicken 2kg ONLY  RRP £11.99

ufo flashing ball

UFO Flashing Ball ONLY  RRP £4.05

SS stain remover cat

Simple Solutions Stain & Odour Cat 750ml ONLY  RRP £6.49

SS stain remover spring fresh

Simple Solutions Stain & Odour Spring Breeze Dog ONLY  RRP £6.99

Excel rabbit adult

Burgess Excel Rabbit Nuggets 10kg ONLY  RRP £20.64

pet munchies chicken breat

Pet Munchies Chicken Breast Fillets 100g ONLY  RRP £2.99

pet munchies duck strip

Pet Munchies Duck Strips 90g ONLY  RRP £2.99

pet munchie venison strip

Pet Munchies Venison Strips 75g ONLY  RRP £2.99

Kangaroo Strips

Hollings Kangeroo Strips 5 Pack ONLY  RRP £3.25

Wild boar strips

Hollings Wild Boar Strips 5 Pack ONLY  RRP £3.25

Beaphar cat comfort calming kit

Beaphar Cat Calming Diffuser Starter Kit ONLY  RRP £18.00

Felix agail 88 pack

Felix AGAIL Favourites In Jelly 88 Pack (88 x 100g) ONLY  RRP £33.00

Pekish daily goodness

Peckish Daily Goodness 1kg + 20% Extra Free ONLY  RRP £4.99

BH pooched salmon

Barking Heads Pooched Salmon (formally Fusspot) 2kg ONLY  RRP £12.99

Pedigree gravy bones

Pedigree Gravy Bones Original 1.5kg ONLY  RRP £5.75

Dentastix fresh

Pedigree Fresh Dentastix Small 28 Pack ONLY  RRP £7.80

Pedigree Fresh Dentastix Medium 28 Pack ONLY  RRP £9.08

Pedigree Fresh Dentastix Large 28 Pack ONLY  RRP £10.69

Burns weight control

Burns Weight Control 7.5kg ONLY  RRP £30.49

 

September Offers

Angell Pets September offers are now avaiable in store and on line. Some great offers again including Burgess Excel Guinea Pig & Rabbit Food!

 

Eukanuba Active Adult

Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Medium Chicken 12kg ONLY £33.99 RRP £44.99

TetraMin

TetraMin Tropical Fish Food 250ml ONLY £5.00 RRP £7.40

One Dose Size 3

Johnsons One Dose Wormer Dog Size 3 ONLY £6.99 RRP £7.99

One Dose Cat

Johnsons One Dose Wormer Cat 2 Tablets ONLY £5.99 RRP £6.99

Longevity Chicken

Hills Science Plan Mature Adult 7+ Longevity With Chicken 2kg ONLY £12.99 RRP £18.99

Hills Longevity Tuna

Hills Science Plan Mature Adult 7+ Longevity With Tuna 2kg ONLY £12.99 RRP £18.99

Animology Clean Sheets

Animology Clean Sheets 20’s ONLY £2.79 RRP £3.99

Animology Feline Fresh Wipes

Animology Feline Fresh Wipes 20’s ONLY £2.79 RRP £3.99

Burgess Excel Rabbit Adult

Burgess Excel Adult Rabbit Nuggets 4kg ONLY £6.95 RRP £8.72

Burgess Excel Guinea Pig

Burgess Excel Adult Guinea Pig Niggets 4kg ONLY £9.29 RRP £11.65

WORMclear

Beaphar WORMclear Dog Up To 40kg ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.99

Coachies Adult

Coachies Adult 200g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.69

Coachies Puppy

Coachies Puppy 200g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.69

Vitakraft Honey

Vitakraft Budgie Kracker Sesame & Honey 2 Pack ONLY £1.65 RRP £2.20

Vitakraft Egg

Vitakraft Budgie Kracker Egg & Grass Seeds 2 Pack ONLY £1.65 RRP £2.20

Vitakraft Fruit

Vitakraft Budgie Kracker Apricot & Fig 2 Pack ONLY £1.65 RRP £2.20

Breederpack Cat

Breederpack Cat Crunchy Complete 15kg ONLY £18.99 RRP £24.49

Purina One Chicken

Purina One Cat Chicken 800g ONLY £3.25 RRP £5.29

Purina One Salmon

Purina One Cat Salmon 800g ONLY £3.25 RRP £5.29

Pro Plan Adult Chicken

ProPlan Dog Adult Medium Chicken 14kg ONLY £34.95 RRP £54.95

Whiskas Complete

Whiskas 1+ Complete Dry Food With Chicken 7kg ONLY £12.99 RRP £18.54

Pedigree Pouch Jelly

Pedigree Pouches Mixed Chunks In Jelly 40/36 Pack ONLY £8.49 RRP £9.63

Pedigree Pouch Gravy

Pedigree Pouches Mixed Chunks In Gravy 40/36 Pack ONLY £8.49 RRP £9.63

The Angell Pets Team

Impact of FREE Parking on Trade

When we originally opened Angell Pets In 2009 it was in a location with ample FREE parking. This was our first location and so we had no idea how much the provision of this free parking was having on our trade. We knew that we were attracting a wide range of customers. Local foot and cycle traffic from the surrounding estates, customers from other areas of Gloucester and customers from further afield. However what we did not know was how much having the free parking was contributing to this business. When we were forced to move from this location at the end of the lease we found a larger shop close to the city centre but about a 100 yards from a large carpark. This was not free but had lots of spaces.

Moving locations effected our turnover significantly, as we expected it would, reduding it by around 40% in the first month. However, with hard work we were able to drive turnover back up to almost pre move levels over the next 6 months. Then Gloucester City Council, at the behest of the Quays, closed the carpark. The effect was dramatic and overnight. Turnover dropped by over 50% and nothing we could do would drive it back up, including having a FREE local delivery service. We did raise an objection to the closure beforehand but the response from the council was “we have done research and it shows the effect on local business will be negligible”. Well, we did not find a 50% reduction in trade negligible. We made a decision there and then to move again and find a location with free parking. However we were tied into a lease for three years before we could action a break clause so we ran our business on half what we were used to for two and a half years before moving again. We are still feeling the financial fallout from this.

free parking

Our new location in Hucclecote has plenty of FREE parking. It is also within walking distance of large residential areas and in a convenient location for access to customers coming from further afield by car or bus. We have been open here for 6 months now and takings have risen every month, without fail, since we opened. We have had a host of customers returning who used to use us but stopped when the carpark near our last shop was closed plus lots of new local customers and even more from other towns such as Stroud, Cheltenham, Hereford, Ross and Worcester. All have indicated that at least part of the reason for coming was ease of access and free parking.

Before writing this I did some research and worryingly, most of the advice councils use to determine parking policy suggests that providing free parking does not boost trade and that charging for parking does! Most also suggests that providing more spaces does not help and some even suggests that providing more spaces and/or free spaces actually drives people away. Well our findings aren’t based on surveys or questionaires but on real experience and data and I can assure the councils that customers don’t like having parking restricted or being over charged and that they really do appreciate having ample spaces offered to them for free.

I would suggest that until councils review the advice they are taking to set parking policy we will continue to see trade driven away from city centres. Great for business like us now though with ample free parking right outside our front door!

 

The Angell Pets Team

August Offers

Angell Pets August offers are now avaiable in store and on line. Some great offers again including some house flea treatments to help keep thge infestations at bay!

Eukanuba Active Adult

Eukanuba Active Adult Large Breed Chicken 12kg ONLY £29.99  RRP £44.99

Furminator Med

FURminatior Short Hair Medium Breed Dog ONLY £19.99 RRP £33.50

4 Fleas House Spray

4Fleas IGR Household Flea Spray 600ml ONLY £9.25 RRP £12.25

Burgess Cat Chick

Burgess Cat Chicken 1.5kg ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.25

Burgess Cat Salmon

Burgess Cat Salmon 1.5kg ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.25

Sausage Carry Bag

Hollings Sausage Carry Bag 1kg ONLY £7.99 RRP £10.65

Felix AGAIL Chicken

Felix AGAIL Tuna

Felix AGAIL Individual Pouch Chicken

Felix AGAIL Individual Pouch Tuna

Buy 3 for £1.20  RRP 52p Only available over the phone or in store.

Bakers Whirlers

Bakers Whirlers ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.89

Sizzler

Bakers Sizzlers ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.89

Barking Head

Barking Heads Bowl Licking Chicken (formally TLC) 2kg ONLY £9.99 RRP £12.99

Pointer Marrowbone

Pointer Marrowbone 2kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.89

Pointer Gravy Bones

Pointer Gravy Bones 2kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.89

Cesar ChickenCesar Lamb

Cesar Classic Chicken & Turkey

Cesar Classic Lamb & Chicken

Buy 5 for £3.00 RRP 89p Only available over the phone or in store.

Dreamies Chicken

Dreamies Chicken 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

Dreamies Cheese

Dreamies Cheese 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

Dreamies Salmon

Dreamies Salmon 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

BM Home Spray+

Bob Martin Home Flea Spray+ 500ml ONLY £6.49 RRP £9.29

Harringtons Optimum Rabbit

Harringtons Optimum Rabbit Food 2kg ONLY £2.29 RRP £3.29

Harringtons Optimum Guinea

Harringtons Optimum Guinea Pig Food 2kg ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.49

Arden Grange Cat

Arden Grange Cat Chicken & Potato 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.96

 

The Angell Pets Team

July Offers

Angell Pets July offers are now avaiable in store and on line. Some great offers again including flea treatments for dogs and for cats. Which is handy because the little so and sos are going to be breeding and maturing like crazy in this weather!
Tetra Pond Sticks

Tetra Pond Sticks 4L ONLY £7.99 RRP £11.50

GB Chewy Twisters

GB Pawsley Deli Chewy Twisters ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

GB Chicken Calcium Bones

GB Pawsley Deli Chicken & Calcium Bones ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

GB Chicken Strips

GB Pawsley Deli Chewy Chicken Strips ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

4Fleas Kitten

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Kitten 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Cat

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Cat 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Small Dog

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Small Dog 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Puppy

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Puppy 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

Burgess Cat Chicken

Burgess Cat Chicken & Duck 10kg ONLY £19.99 RRP £28.61

Burgess Cat Salmon

Burgess Cat Salmon 10kg ONLY £19.99 RRP £28.61

Winalot Pouch

Winalot Pouch Chicken,Lamb & Beef 44 Pack ONLY £6.99 RRP £9.50

Felix AGAIL Fish

Felix AGAIL Ocean Feasts In Jelly 40 Pack ONLY £11.99 RRP £16.00

Felix AGAIL Mixed

Felix AGAIL Mixed Selection In Jelly 40 Pack ONLY £11.99 RRP £16.00

Whiskas 1+ in Gravy

Whiskas 1+ Pouch Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Whiskas Kitten In Gravy

Whiskas 2 – 12 Months Kitten Pouches Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Whiskas 7+ In Gravy

Whiskas 7+ Pouches Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Misfits Twists

Misfits Twists With Beef & Cheese ONLY 99p RRP £1.29

Burns Sensitive Pork

Burns Sensitive Pork 15kg ONLY £41.49 RRP £56.49

Burns Sensitive Duck

Burns Sensitive Duck 15kg ONLY £41.49 RRP £56.49

Kong Wiggi Giraffe

Kong Wiggi Giraffe Large ONLY £3.99 RRP £6.99

Wagg Dental Bites Lamb & Mint, and Chicken & Parsley 2 FOR £1.50 RRP £1.29 Each (Instore Only)

Sanicat Classic Cat Litter

Sanicat Classic Cat Litter 30L ONLY £8.99 RRP 11.99

Barking Heads Golden Years

Barking Heads Golden Years 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.99

Arden Grange Large Breed

Arden Grange Adult Large Breed 12kg ONLY £29.99 RRP £39.75

We will have more special offers at angell pets throughout the month. Watch this space.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Current Livestock List

Time to post a new current livestock list for Angell Pets Hucclecote store. All are on our website but it’s good to put everything in one post from time to time. I have added a couple of “coming soon” items this time as the arrival of these animals is fairly imminent (next week or the week after). We are a little light on spiders this week  but we will be getting some more very soon. I haven’t added these to the list as I haven’t decided which we are getting yet.

Invertebrates

  • Fruit Beetles
  • Deaths Head Cockroach
  • Madagascan Hissing Cockroach
  • Headlight Cockroach
  • Indian Stick Insect
  • Giant Spiny Stick Insect
  • Giant Prickly Stick Insect
  • Dwarf White Woodlice
  • Tropical Grey Woodlice
  • Giant Orange Woodlice
  • Argentinian Star Tarantula
  • Cameroon Red Baboon Spider
  • Flame Rump Tree Spider
  • Guyana Goliath Birdeater
  • Hati Hati Purple Tarantula
  • King Baboon Spider
  • Malaysian Earth Tiger
  • Mexican Red Rump Tarantula
  • Togo Starburst
  • African Land Snail
  • Giant Malaysian Shield Mantis *COMING SOON*

Amphibians

  • Alpine Newt
  • Whites Tree Frog
  • Albino Horned Frog *COMING SOON*

Reptiles

  • Rankins Dragon
  • Chinese Water Dragon *COMING SOON*
  • Leopard Gecko “Montanus”
  • Madagascan Giant Day Gecko
  • Kotschys Gecko
  • “Kastanie” Corn Snake
  • Milksnake
  • Kenyan Sand Boa
  • Common Boa
  • Carpet Python
  • “Chocolate” Royal Python *COMING SOON*
  • Marginated Tortoise

Birds

  • Timineh African Greyt Parrot
  • White Faced Cockatiel
  • Grey Cockatiel
  • Budgerigar
  • Java Sparrow
  • Zebra Finch
  • Yellow Canary
  • Orange Canary

Mammals

  • Fancy Mouse
  • Dumbo Rat
  • Syrian Hamster
  • Gerbil
  • Guinea Pig *COMING SOON*
  • Lion Lop Rabbit

Fish

  • Coldwater *COMING SOON*
  • Temperate *COMING SOON*
  • Tropical *COMING SOON*

Please note our list changes daily. For example if I had writeen this before opening this morning it would also have contained guinea pigs in stock and a Yemen chameleon, so please get in touch to see what we have in our Angell Pets Hucclecote store on any given day. Alternatively visit our website.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Furminator 15% Off

The FURminator deShedding tool reduces loose hair from shedding up to 90% with regular use

  • Removes the loose hair from shedding

  • Curved edge for comfortable, effective loose undercoat hair removal

  • Reaches through topcoat to remove loose undercoat hair

  • Ergonomic handle for comfort and ease of use

  • Curved edge – comfortably follows pet’s natural shape

  • FURejector® button to quickly and easily release collected hair

  • Teeth remove undercoat hair without damaging topcoat

We have been selling the FURminator since we opened nine years ago. Ever since my wife bought one for our long haired German Shepherd. I was impressed!

We stock these all the time and our normal price for them (£38.99 for large) is less than at PAH (£42.00) and other local suppliers. Now we have an extra 15% off (whilst stocks last – until the end of June) so now is the best time to invest in the best bit of home dog grooming kit you can buy

FURminator Short Hair

Furminator short hair

FURminator Long Hair

Furminator long hair
Angell Pets FURminator offer is on until the end of June 2018 and is whilst stocks last so grabe your bargain whilst it is still here. Of course when the offer ends we are still cheaper than our competitors!

Wild Bird Food Cheaper at Independant Local Store

We wondered why we keep selling out of dried mealworms and other wild bird food so we had a look about. We couldn’t believe the prices other shops are charging. PAH are charging over twice as much as us for 500g bags of dried mealworms! How a large company like that, with much better buying power than little old us can justify it is beyond me. Anyway, here are some examples of price comparisons. Please note; these are not special offers or discounted lines, just our regular prices.

Dried Mealworms 100g Angell Pets £1.79 PAH £3.50 RSPB £3.99 Country Wide £3.99

Dried Mealworms 500g Angell Pest £7.49 PAH £15.50 RSPB £13.99

Wild Bird Seed 20kg Angell Pest £12.99 Jolleys £14.99 PAH £14.00 (We also bag it up into 1kg bags for 99p each)

Peanuts 1kg Angell Pest £2.49 PAH £4.25 RSPB £4.44 Country Wide £3.25

Sunflower Seed Black 1kg Angell Pets £1.75

Sunflower Hearts 20kg Angell Pets £32.99 (£1.65/kg) Jolleys £39.99 (£2.00/kg). We also sell 1kg bags for £1.99

Nyger seed 1kg Angell Pets £2.19 PAH £3.50 Country Wide £3.99

Fat balls no net 6 pack Angell Pets £1.29 PAH £2.00

Suet Pellets 550g Angell Pets £1.99 Jolleys £2.50 PAH £3.00

Not quite sure why anyone would drive all the way out to these facelss chainstores when you can get it cheaper in an independant local shop, the power of multi million pound advertising campaigns I suppose and I guess there is the reason for the hicked prices.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

 

 

 

We are getting rid of plastic bags!

Plastic carrier bags are going from Angell Pets very soon so we can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into the environment.


paper bags

We have been trying to figure out how to reduce the use of plastic bags in our shop for a while now. There are only two effective ways to do this:-

1) To charge for the bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags or

2) Get rid of them completely and try an alternative.

We have chosen to go with option number 2, although this will actually cost us more! Once our current stock of plastic bags has run out we will not be getting any more in.

paper bag and plastic bag comparison

We didn’t want to start charging for bags as this would cause disagreements at the till, with some customers not wanting to pay as it is not yet law for small shops and in any event we would still be giving out the plastic bags.

Instead will be providing small paper bags (one per transaction). Paper bags actually cost us quite a lot more. For example a decent paper bag (shown) costs us around 8-9p each, where as the same size plastic bag costs us 1-2p. However the paper bags we can provide are not very large so we are asking customers to help us reduce non recycleable waste by bringing your own “bag for life” just like you would do at the super market.

We still have a small stock of plastic bags to use up (may as well get a use out of them; if we hand them out or throw them in the bin they are still going to end up in land fill).

For the time being our 1kg bagged up food will still be in polythene bags until we can find a suitable alternative. We are trialing something but it may take a few goes to get the right product.The product we got in to try this week won’t really work so we will use them for frozen rats and mice instead.

The Angell Pets Team