Award already for new pet nutritionist

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A GOSPORT pet shop is celebrating winning a top award after only 18 months in business.

The Natural Pet Pantry specialises in pet nutrition, often helping pets overcome any health issues they might have.

The firm’s approach has been so successful that it was awarded the Retailer of the Year gong at an awards ceremony organised by the Pet Care Trust.

The firm’s owner Kelly Newbold, said: ‘We were shortlisted back in July down to three of us on the list, with the awards run by Pet Care Trust, which is based all over the UK.

‘People can enter any of the award categories, and we entered the retailer of the year.

‘We can’t believe we’ve won, because it means we’re the best pet shop in the whole of the UK.

‘We’ve only been going about 18 months now, so it’s quite nice to win the award based on our first year, and we’re now riding on the wave of that.’

The year ahead is going to be a busy one for Kelly as she looks to build on her already considerable success at the shop in Priddy’s Hard.

She told The News that she has been approached by a manufacturer of dog food who wants to make a variety exclusively for her shop.

She said: ‘They want to call it Kelly’s Delight, which is very exciting!’

Kelly said her success so far is down to the word of mouth praise she gets from her customers.