Welsh pet food entrepreneur John Burns, of West-Wales based Burns Pet Nutrition, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national business award.
The kind-hearted Veterinary Surgeon, who founded the renowned natural pet food company, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
He will compete against leading businessmen and women from across the country and a range of industries in the ‘Entrepreneur for Good’ category, designed to celebrate entrepreneurs that are leading an organisation that is implementing pioneering ideas and business models to help drive social change.
John is the only individual in the category from the pet sector. He has been shortlisted in recognition of his philanthropic efforts which include setting up The Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation – a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people and pets across the UK, establishing Burns by Your Side – a project which helps schoolchildren to improve their literacy and communication skills with reading dogs – as well as recently donating £1m to charity in celebration of Burns’ 25th anniversary as a company.
John originally established Burns Pet Nutrition in 1993. Despite starting his career as a Veterinary Surgeon, John believes that he has done more for pets with his line of healthy pet food than he could have ever hoped to have achieved in general practice – his business came out of a firm belief that feeding a healthy diet is the key to managing many of the common health problems seen in pets.
In 2008, John set up The Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation- a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people and pets across the UK. Today, the in-house charity is run by a team of six who specialise in everything from one-off donations to grassroots projects.
One such project, Burns by Your Side, helps schoolchildren to improve their literacy and communication skills with the aid of trained volunteers and their companion dogs. The scheme is currently active in over 40 educational settings across parts of Wales and Ireland.
Commenting on his philanthropic efforts, John said:
“I have decided that the company should be a force for good. I want Burns Pet Nutrition to not only be known for our natural pet food, but also for establishing and maintaining a legacy of good causes in the community.”
John is in the running to win the Entrepreneur for Good award along with six other Welsh entrepreneurs. The winners will be announced on Thursday 22nd November at a special gala final in Cardiff.
For further information on the awards, please visit www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.