Healthy dogs are top priority as Newport Market business launches
Dog owners can now make the most of a healthy food stall for their furry loved ones in Newport.
Dogs' Health Shop has opened at Newport Indoor Market thanks to a £1,850 trial start-up grant through Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Our High Street programme.
The stand, open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm and Tuesdays 8am to 4pm, offers natural dog treats and health supplements and brings a business with a difference to the town.
Business owner Nigel Paskin decided to have a physical presence on the market after seeing a steady growth in his online business www.dogshealthshop.com over the past two years.
The business replaces the previous pet stall in the market and sells the finest natural dog treats, with proven health benefits to keep dogs fit and active.
Treats and foods are sourced from all over the UK, using the best suppliers and offering incredible quality, and include sausages, cows ears, pig snouts as well as a variety of tasty chews.
Nigel sees the trial venture as a great opportunity to provide these products locally and is also planning a click and collect service.
The nearest shops selling similar products are large pet stores or chains that aren’t specialist high street stores.
Nigel said: “I think that many dog owners are now waking up to the fact that healthy dog foods and snacks improve the health of their dog and keep them in good shape.
“I’ve attended a number of trade fairs up and down the country with my products and they have always been very popular and attracted interest.
“These foods are only available from much larger retailers and are more difficult to find on the high street.
“I’ve already had a lot of enquiries about the new shop and people have said they will come and visit and see what we offer. I’m looking forward to welcoming them.”
Nigel also believes his foods will attract first time dog owners and people from further-a-field.
He added: “I’m feeling really positive about having a regular base in Newport and I’m hoping it will really take off. I pride myself on good customer service and knowledge.
“Hopefully, people who are becoming dog owners for the first time will want to do the best for their dog from the word go and people will travel from outside the area to see what we’ve got to offer.
“I’m really grateful for the support I’ve had through the Pride in our High Street programme which has enabled me to get my new stall up and running.”
Nigel is using the grant to set up the market stall and fund signage, advertising costs and other start-up materials.
Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, said: “Dogs are extremely popular pets for our residents in Newport and across the borough.
“This specialist stall is bound to capture people’s attention and is unique and a bit different to a traditional pet shop.
“Through the Pride in Our High Street programme it’s about giving businesses like Dogs' Health Shop the opportunity to launch on the high street, grow the business and see where it takes them.
“Having a permanent base and a focal point on the market will hopefully go a long way to making this new stall a huge success in the town.”
You can find out more about the Pride in Our High Street programme and the support which is available here.
Photo: Cllr Peter Scott (left) with Dog's Health Shop owner Nigel Paskin.