Ancol – a quick company overview

Simply put, Ancol is an independent, family owned company specialising in the supply of pet accessories for dogs, cats and small animals. From our West Midlands base in Walsall we've been developing both functional and luxurious products for discerning pet owners for almost 40 years, using our unrivalled experience, passion and knowledge to become the market leader in pet accessories.

We take great pride in our reputation for providing exceptional service, quality and reliability, while our ever expanding, talented workforce is wholly committed to delivering our customers exciting new ranges and product advances at every opportunity. We have also established a highly effective wholesale distribution network allowing our products to be freely available throughout the UK.

For more information about Ancol and how we can help your business call 01922 402428 or email sales@ancol.co.uk.

A brief history of Ancol

Ancol was established back in 1971 by Ann and Colin Lane, who after identifying a gap in the flourishing pet accessories market seized the opportunity to start up a family business. With the support of component suppliers and customers alike the business grew rapidly, quadrupling its workforce of three in the first year alone and outgrowing its premises with impressive frequency. However, during this extended growth period the family were always careful to keep their promise to deliver exceptional service, quality and reliability at all times, a belief that's rigorously upheld to this very day by the next generation.

Almost 40 years and many millions of products sold later, Ancol continues to grow with the business now boasting a 100-strong workforce and over 70,000ft of warehousing.

Ancol's ever expanding facilities

Ancol originally set up a base of operations in Walsall during the early seventies, but as the demand for products grew, so did the need for additional space. So after only 12 months, the company relocated into larger premises in 1972, which for 11 prosperous years housed an ever expanding workforce and product range. Having outgrown the facilities once again, the company moved to the present site in 1983, and following countless improvements and extensions now boasts 70,000ft of warehousing and an impressive 4000 pallet capacity.

From day one Ancol have consistently invested in the company's infrastructure and production methods to guarantee exceptional service levels at all times. This unwavering pursuit for excellence continues to this day, with the very latest cutting-edge technology such as voice picking and automatic stock control systems being employed by the business to ensure lead times and stock availability is unrivalled.

Looking to the future

While always finding time to learn from past achievements, Ancol's true success lies in always looking to the future, primarily the development of exciting and original new products to wow both pets and their owners. Key to accomplishing this is the company's passionate and driven staff, who work tirelessly to ensure every customer receives great value goods and exceptional service at all times.

For the past thirty eight years Ancol has consistently recorded increased sales – in the last year alone an amazing 2.5 million products were shipped. This substantial growth has been achieved by improving work practices, adopting a flexible business model and increasing brand recognition through new business channels whenever possible – something Ancol intend to continue doing long into the future.

Our beliefs

Honesty, reliability and respect.

These three words reflect everything we stand for at Ancol, and are held true by every single one of our employees, from the directors to the warehouse workers. We're a family owned and run business and the directors and owners are one and the same, ensuring a responsible business approach is always adopted.

Much of our success lies in the rewarding business relationships we've forged with our suppliers and trade customers alike, built on years of loyalty and most importantly trust. Our ultimate goal is to work only with those who share the same values as ourselves, because in doing we can achieve great things together for the benefit of the end consumer.

The issue of climate change has never been greater, and everyone at Ancol is aware that the need for positive action is essential. That's why along with the usual paper, plastic and waste disposal you'd expect, we're constantly refining our existing processes and embracing new advancements in technology to lessen our carbon footprint.

Another example of our ethical business approach is our insistence on visiting all our Far East suppliers to ensure that working conditions are above acceptable and that all our products are manufactured to the high standards that we, and our customers, demand. While cheaper products are available to buy, as a business we would never be prepared to put profit before a person's wellbeing.