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26/10/2011 Hundreds of votes for Metro Bank

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The Kennel Club recently announced the findings of its latest study to recognise the most popular dog friendly businesses.

The fourth year of the competition, it aims to break down the barriers that currently exist for dogs in business premises, and to encourage the spread of “hound pound”. Studies have shown that dog owners are more likely to spend money in their local shops than those without dogs or those who have a cat. The research showed that dog owners were more likely to buy a round of drinks in the pub. The competition was launched in May and nominations have been received for pubs, restaurants, offices and hotels.

Dog friendly Metro Bank was given the top award for the “High Street” category after receiving hundreds of votes and the chief executive of Metro Bank, Craig Donaldson said “Our mantra is ‘dogs rule’ and we always provide water bowls and dog treats in our branches, as we appreciate that the millions of dog owners in the UK are looking for places where dogs will be welcome.”

KC spokesman Caroline Kisko said: “The winners of these awards are determined by the public, who recognise that businesses are willing to go above and beyond for their customers, and that dog-friendly businesses are an important part of the British marketplace.

“These winners are fine examples of the many companies and organisations which are reaping the benefits of a dog-friendly door policy in terms of creating a welcoming atmosphere, as well as helping to secure themselves financially by widening their customer base.”

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