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.
Together they created a new company that would look after VeggiePets.com and hopefully start some new ventures too. In August 2006 they formed Vegeco Ltd a vegetarian company with a mission to make vegetarian and vegan products available to as many people as possible.
We’ve grown from a back room, pocket-money start-up with a few bags and boxes of goods, to an international vegetarian distribution and export business holding around 150 pallets of stock on our certified organic and meat free premises (no ham sandwiches allowed!). We deliver pet food all over the UK and export to over forty other countries across the World.
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 and customers can be sure that we see their decision to spend money with us as an investment in our business and that we must repay that by continually improving and expanding what we do.
Our customers come from all over the UK (and some around the world), from all walks of life.
From castles to inner-city apartments, to cottages in valleys, Doctors, Professors, Artists, Shop Keepers, Housewives (and househusbands!), Students, City Executives, Farmers and one or two hippies!
From all faiths and none.
All age groups from late teens to those in their 80’s, mainly vegetarians and vegans but also a growing number of people who are recommended to try us for dogs with severe intolerance’s to meat and dairy.
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.