It's Showtime

retired greyhound trustThis Saturday, 5th August, we’ll be in Somerset with the Greyhound Trust Somerset and Dorset Branch, for their Annual Dog Show. We’ll have our usual range of goodies including all sizes of our lovely new scuba coats, beautiful dog blankets, beds, fantastic bandanas and a selection of fleeces. The dog show is being held in Hatch Beauchamp, near Taunton, postcode is TA3 6SG. The weather forecast is good so why not bring the hounds, pack a picnic and join us for a great day. We’ll have all three Milgi hounds with us, so if you’ve ever wanted to meet Jack, Sara and Dixie, now’s your chance. Somerset and Dorset Greyhound Trust Dog Show.

The next weekend, Sunday 13th August, we’re heading over to one of the biggest shows of the year, the Greyhound Walks Annual Show at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, CM77 7FS. This is one of those events that is organised by a superb team of volunteers and always runs brilliantly. There’s plenty of space to spread out and an amazing range of classes for hounds of every age and colour. If you’re coming along, you’ll be able to meet Dixie our little lurcher. Greyhound Walks Annual Show.

Finally, for August, on Saturday 19th we’ll be close to home again for the Greyhound Rescue Wales Summer Fayre, held at the rescue’s lovely sanctuary near Ammanford in Carmarthenshire. Jack, our gorgeous black boy, is a GRW greyhound and we have a long history with this rescue, having adopted and fostered many hounds through them, so it’s always special for us. Greyhound Rescue Wales Summer Fayre.

For all the shows we’re attending, we bring a selection of items so if you are interested in reserving a particular size or colour, give us a ring or drop us an email before we travel (details below), so you can be sure of it being in stock. Even if it’s not, we don’t charge postage for anything ordered at shows. We always bring our card machine, so you can pay by plastic, and we can also accept PayPal if you have the app on your smartphone – good old fashioned cash is of course also acceptable!

Changes at Milgi Coats

It's also a good time to update you on a few changes behind the scenes that affect how we do business.

We are not currently accepting bespoke orders whilst Nina, our machinist, is off on maternity leave. We’ve put in place some new manufacturing streams and increasingly our coats are now made in a factory setting – still here in the UK, still made by professional machinists and still to the same high quality. This allows us to have much bigger production runs, which is great, as we keep growing!

This helps us to better manage our stock which means we are able to post everything straight away rather than wait for it to be made up. This is a big improvement in customer service – if you see it on the website, we can post it quickly to you – no hanging about!

If you’ve not ordered from us lately, don’t forget we now use Parcelforce Express 24 for all our orders and we post out every Tuesday and Thursday, which means the vast majority of our orders arrive next day on a Wednesday or Friday. Please do contact us if you need it urgently on any other day as we can easily arrange this.

There’s still lots of scope for our work with Nina to continue, and we’re looking forward to her coming back to work in the autumn.

We were able to make this change, thanks to some help from the Make It Here campaign, a brilliant database of British fashion manufacturers that’s designed to help small businesses like ours find partner manufacturers to make items in the UK. Very encouragingly, the feedback from both factories we use is that they’ve never been so busy – it seems there’s a growing demand for items that are made in the UK. This is something we’re passionate about – making here means protection for workers plus the creation and safeguarding of jobs and apprenticeships. We know we could get our coats made more cheaply if we moved manufacturing overseas but we think this would also come at a cost – possible exploitation of workers (including the use of children) and very poor working conditions. That’s not something we want to be part of, and the feedback from our customers is very positive about this – please do let us know what you think.

Published: 4th August 2017