How it all started...
We started VeggiePets.com in 2003, we thought it might be fun!
The founders of VeggiePets.com have trading in their blood, one can trace his roots to the costermongers in the markets of London, while the other used to sit in his front garden as a child trying to sell lego models to passers by!
Damian got the ball rolling in 2003, when working as a web designer building online shops. He realised that he would enjoy having a shop more than making them... but what kind of shop?
He looked around wondering what he could do that would be interesting, useful but importantly, fit with his ethical beliefs. When he found some vegetarian dog food one day, he laughed out loud... "What a crazy idea!", he thought. However, the idea started to grow - slowly Damian realised that this could be an interesting project.
Later that year he drove from Portsmouth to Sheffield to get the first stock, about 8 bags of dog food and some biscuits! VeggiePets.com was opened - attracting customers on its first day.
Darrell was still working in the media industry in London, but soon started to help out, driving with Damian on long trips to buy stock and lend a few bob here and there. Eventually, Darrell made the bold move to quit London and work with Damian full time.
Now we hold up to 40-50 tons of stock on our meat free premises (no ham sandwiches allowed!), we deliver pet food all over the UK and Europe and export to ten countries, with more planned.
It's been an interesting journey with some tough decisions and many sacrifices, but we believe in what we do - ethics are at the heart of our company. Customers can be sure that we see their decision to spend money with us as an investment in our business, that we must repay that by continually improving and expanding what we do.
Who shops at VeggiePets.com?
Our customers come from all over the UK (and some around the world), from all walks of life.
There is no 'typical customer' and we enjoy the great variety of people we meet!
Many of our customers have been with us for years, some since the first weeks of our business.
Thanks to our customers!
Darrell and Damian would like to thank everyone who has decided to give us a try and come back time and time again. We really value your custom and it has allowed us to build our business up to achieve more each year.
If you would like to see what else we have been doing since we sold those first few bags of vegetarian dog food take a look at these inks: