02 May 2018

Pet Industry Federation and Hadlow College Open New Dog Grooming School

By Philip Orrell

We are delighted to announce that we have extended our joint venture with The Pet Industry Federation, the leading trade association for the pet industry, to open a brand-new dog grooming school in Greenwich, London.

Situated along Shooters Hill, the new state-of-the-art school opens three years after the partnership to manage the dog grooming school, based at our main campus in Hadlow, begun. The Hadlow PIF Greenwich Dog Grooming School will offer City & Guilds qualifications for dog groomers, which are recognised by industry as providing the ideal foundation for those embarking on a career in dog grooming.

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The enterprise continues this unique and successful relationship between industry and education. “The Hadlow PIF Greenwich dog grooming school provides an excellent platform for those considering a career in dog grooming, by providing them with first class facilities, excellent teaching and a steady supply of dogs” said Nigel Baker, Chief Executive of the Pet Industry Federation. “This link between further education and industry ensures the highest standards of teaching and facilitates access for newly qualified groomers to industry. Led by team leader, Sophie Marriott, staff at our Greenwich school will ensure that our qualified and professional groomers will be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace and offer the highest quality grooming and care for the public’s dogs.”

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The Dog Grooming Department is part of the College’s Faculty of Animal Management, which offers a wide range of degree, further education and other programmes.

Hadlow Faculty Manager, Jessica Berry, commented: “Hadlow has always had an excellent reputation in relation to dog grooming and the new school at Greenwich is testament to the quality of the teaching that our students receive.  The new partnership will undoubtedly result in benefits for the entire industry.”


Operating on a commercial basis, the Hadlow PIF Greenwich Grooming School will not be constrained by the academic calendar and will operate all year round, thereby helping more student groomers achieve success. The modern dog grooming salon is fully equipped, giving students the experience of working in a commercial environment as well as access to the latest in teaching resources.  It offers the best in modern facilities, with generous space in which to care for customers and their dog’s needs. This includes a reception area, outdoor kennels and indoor holding area, a large fully-equipped grooming room accommodating 12 grooming tables, a hydro bath, top of the range blasters and a walk in wet room for bathing large breeds.

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The team at the Hadlow PIF (Greenwich) Grooming salon have extensive experience both commercially and educationally within the industry. All lecturers and support staff have been selected for their knowledge, skill, approachability and passion for education. The salon offers all grooming at a discounted rate and breed standard grooms are free, to help diploma students practice prior to taking their exams. A qualified groomer will always check over all dogs before collection. 

The salon’s opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm. To book an appointment, please contact: 020 8856 2960


Hadlow PIF (Greenwich) Grooming School
Royal Borough of Greenwich Horticultural Skills Centre
Shooters Hill, London
SE18 3HP

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