23 JUL 2014

Tourism Minister and local MP Helen Grant drops into Greenworld Pets in Staplehurst

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Tourism, dropped into Greenworld Pets in Staplehurst to check out the facilities, learn about their work and meet the team and some of the animals.

Greenworld's is a sustainable business venture offering pet supplies and advice, a pet pharmacy, fresh produce and an exotic menagerie including donkeys, goats, geese, fancy fowl and parrots. Set in extensive grounds in the heart of the Weald of Kent, 6 miles south of Maidstone, Greenworld focuses on pet and animal welfare and employs around 20 local people. The business also supports Kent-based charity Last Chance Animal Rescue.

Commenting on her visit, Helen said:

"I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the facilities at Greenworld Pets. Starting from scratch not so long ago this entrepreneurial business now employs 20 local people and is growing. It's easy to see why they are becoming a recognised tourist attraction and are already focal point of supply for local smallholders. Greenworld has lots to offer the surrounding communities - be it their work supporting Kent-based charity 'Last Chance Animal Rescue' or a pets' cuddle corner for the kids. I'll be back soon!"

Manager Janet Rossi said:

"The business was started at the beginning of 2010 with a run-down nursery and 2 members of staff. It has changed and evolved over the years to become what it is today – a large, thriving pet & bird food store, with a large department catering for smallholders and equestrians. We have our own pets on site including sheep, goats, rheas, emus and 10 donkeys. These, together with a large variety of chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, keep us busy and we now have 20 local people working from our site.

"We were delighted to meet Helen and show her round. We hope she enjoyed her visit and would love her to come back again when she has time"

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