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Award success for animal charity

Wood Green Animal Shelters have recently been recognised as one of the prominent companies in the East Anglia area.

The animal welfare charity was nominated for four awards at this year's Huntingdonshire Post Business Awards, where they came runner-up in the Business of the year category. The charity have been increasingly successful over the past 18 months with animal rehoming increasing by 45%, resulting in the time animals spend in the Shelter has gone from 34 days to just 17. Staff turnover has fallen by 15% and revenue from rehoming increased by £18,800 (20%).

Dennis Baker OBE, Chief Executive of Wood Green Animal Shelters said: "We are extremely pleased and proud to have been recognised in this year's Huntingdonshire Business Awards.

For a charity to have done so well in competition with the outstanding businesses in the area speaks volumes for the innovation, dedication and sheer hard work of all our staff, volunteers and supporters."

The greatest achievement at the awards was that of the shelter’s Trading Manager, Tina Bloomsmar who won the Business Person of the Year award. Tina began working at the shelter in February 1993 as a volunteer, she has since worked her way up to become manager of the Shelters trading company Kingsbush Trading heading a team of six staff and three volunteers.

Over the past two years there has been a dramatic turnaround in the company's financial position, turning a trading deficit of over £9,000 in 2000/2001 to a forecast surplus in excess of £25,000 for this financial year and a further healthy growth in prospect. This has been achieved in the face of difficult trading conditions due to the recent Foot & Mouth outbreak.

Tina Bloomsmar, Trading Manager of King's Bush Trading said: "It is such a great honour to have been nominated, let alone to have won. I am extremely proud of all of the work that has been done in order for us to now be in this position. I would like to thank not only the staff in the Trading company but also the staff at Wood Green for all of their support and hard work." Not only have the animal charity been involved with the Hunts Business Awards but also reached the finals of this year's National Training Awards.