UK pet industry gears up for PATS Sandown

Company: PATS Sandown

UK pet companies are gearing up for 2023 with plans to unveil their new product launches at the industry’s Spring pet industry exhibition, PATS Sandown, in Esher, Surrey on Sunday 26th March and Monday 27th March.

Stands at the Spring showcase event have been selling out fast with more than 130 companies and brands having already booked their space.

We are almost sold out, which is great news and proof that the UK pet industry is fully behind an event where manufacturers and suppliers can meet up face to face with retailers under one roof at a major venue,” said organiser Gordon Thomas.

“We also know that visitors to PATS value the opportunity to touch and feel new products, which is a huge consideration when buying stock for the new season.”

It’s for these very reasons that leading companies and brands like Burns Pet Nutrition, Cotswold Raw, Danish Design, AATU, Just 6, Barking & Meowing Heads, Johnson’s Veterinary Products, Pet Trade Innovations, Su-Bridge Pet Supplies, Trixie, and choose to exhibit at PATS. A number of businesses, including Earthbound, Long Paws, Proflax and Westland Pet, are also returning to the Sandown exhibition after a short break in order to take full advantage of what the show has to offer.

PATS Sandown 2023 has also attracted almost 40 new exhibitors.

The Animal People Recruitment Company is excited to be exhibiting for the first time at PATS throughout 2023. Chris Whatling, the MD and founder, has been visiting the show for the past few years as his company recruits for many brands within the pet industry.

Chris said: “PATS is such a great show for us, it’s a chance for us to meet with our clients, new and existing, and to keep ourselves up to date on all the products within the industry that we love so much.

“The pet industry is where it all started at The Animal People, and it will always be my first love. The people who work within this industry are amazing. We feel lucky to be a part of these companies and to be surrounded by the talented people who care just as much as we do. Together with our clients we are part of an industry that is bettering the lives of our pets every single day.”

Another first-time exhibitor looking forward to showcasing its products at PATS Sandown is PetFocus. The company’s Libo Zhou commented: “Our brand is currently focusing on cat corrugated-cardboard scratchers. Our aim at the show is to expand our business from online (Amazon) to retailers, wholesalers, as well as importers.”

PATS Sandown is also attracting international exhibitors like Belgian company Coucour, whose founder Robert Huygh discovered the idea of healthy dog treats on a trip to the Himalayas. He noticed the Sherpas and locals were chewing on something hard and small throughout the trip. Further investigation revealed they were cheese bones, which he then developed into all-natural pet treats.

Coucour’s sales manager Jorge Aguilera said: “Coucour is exhibiting at PATS because we believe the UK market is more progressive than the EU continental market – it’s often three years ahead. We believe it’s the best place to launch new products. We will be introducing two new products at PATS, where we will be able to get direct feedback.”

Here’s a quick summary of popular visitor attractions at PATS Sandown:

  • The biggest and best showcase of new pet products
  • The opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with suppliers
  • Unrivalled show offers and competitions
  • Top groomers giving insightful demonstrations, workshops and talks
  • Free parking, free entry, free show catalogue

You can register online at where you’ll also find a full list of exhibitors and information on how to reach the venue.

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