“This show always delivers…it’s a brilliant event…a great place for networking…there is so much to see.” These are just some of the many fantastic comments received from visitors to the recent PATS Sandown.
The two-day pet trade exhibition, which attracted 1,794 visitors to Sandown Park in Surrey, was hailed as a great success after hundreds of new products were launched during the show.
Now the attention has turned to PATS Telford, which takes place on Sunday and Monday, September 25th-26th 2022.
According to retailer Becky Seviour, of Pet Pals, if you have an interest in the pet trade, then you have to visit PATS. “I think it's important to visit PATS as a pet products buyer, as it gives us the opportunity to meet and speak to producers in person, rather than over the phone or online all the time. Also, buyers can view the quality of the products on offer, not always possible from a photo and of course we can see the latest in designs and materials being used.”
Becky’s thoughts are echoed by Nikki Harris, of TFM Countrystore, who said: “PATS is a perfect event to find new suppliers as well as meet up with your existing contacts to find new products. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the great deals too.”
With five months to go before opening its doors to visitors, PATS Telford is set to be another ‘sell out’ event. More than 140 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting at the Telford International Centre, where regulars like Wagg, Harringtons, Pedigree Wholesale, Hem and Boo and BECO Pets will be joined by a growing number of companies making their first appearance at Telford, including Paleo Ridge, Herbal Dog and Assisi Pet Care.
PATS is the UK’s pet industry exhibition and the only event where the entire trade comes together under one roof.
PATS Sandown in March was the 25th PATS exhibition and one company that has attended every event, Inspired Pet Nutrition, is now looking forward to more successful shows. Sales director Ben Anderson said: “I have attended all 25th PATS shows and have enjoyed everyone. I feel honoured and privileged to have been a part of the PATS success story and look forward to the next 25 shows, including Telford in September.”
With the easing of air travel restrictions PATS Telford is set to have a strong international presence with pet buyers and exhibitors from around the world expected to attend the show.
In a move to create more interest with international buyers, the PATS team will be travelling to Nuremburg, Germany, in May to exhibit in the British Pavilion at Interzoo.
“Our primary aim for exhibiting at international shows is to meet, talk to and encourage international retailers and distributors to come to PATS, both in Telford and Sandown,” said Gordon Thomas, of Impact Exhibitions, organisers of PATS.
Leading trade association PetQuip will also be working with PATS to tempt international pet retail chains and distributors to the Autumn showpiece.
The association’s involvement doesn’t end there because it will be staging its prestigious PetQuip Awards after the first day of the exhibition.
Parking is free at the Telford International Centre, and everyone will receive a free tea and coffee voucher, and a free show catalogue.
A full and up-to-date list of exhibitors is available on the website www.patshow.co.uk together with information on how to reach the venue and regularly updated show news.