With still over five months to go before opening its doors to visitors, PATS Telford is set to be a ‘sell out’ event, with 81% of stand space already booked.
It will be the second year that PATS takes place at Telford International Centre, and over 140 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting on Sunday and Monday, September 25 and 26.
The high demand for stand space for PATS Telford comes on the back of a successful show at Sandown Park last month.
Organiser Annie Foord said: “We’re finding that companies have wanted to book their Telford stands early to avoid disappointment. A number of exhibitors have told us they’ve signed up because of the success of Sandown in March. The feedback we received was tremendous and it just proves the pet industry is right behind the PATS exhibitions.”
Nine companies who exhibited at PATS Sandown will be making their Telford debuts. For All Dog Kind had a successful launch at last month’s event, winning the Best Grooming Product award, and Laura Redstone commented: “It was a great show and the PATS team made us feel very welcome. We’re now looking forward to Telford.”
So far a total of 19 companies, including three from overseas, will be exhibiting at a PATS show for the first time when they appear at Telford.
The First Class Pet Company Ltd is a new company with a range of foods specifically targeted at smaller dogs and fussy cats. “Exhibiting at PATS is the perfect way to meet the key players in the industry and to develop relationships with our customers,” said director Jim Weston.
And Anwen Gardner, of HJ Lea Oakes, stated: “We have previously visited PATS with our retail stores, and this year we are excited to have a trade stand. We have recently launched some new wild bird and poultry feeds which we will be showcasing at Telford.”
A visit to PATS Sandown convinced Richard Blundell, of Casa Grande Ltd, that the September show was right to exhibit the company’s collection of pet related gifts. “We sell coasters, key-rings and fridge magnets with pet images, and can’t wait to share them with the wider pet industry later in the year,” he commented.
Only Dogs Allowed is the exclusive UK and European distributor for Natural Dog Company, which produces a range of natural, organic and vegan-friendly health care products for dogs. “We are hoping PATS will support our growth to have these products more easily available in even more retail stores, veterinary practices and groomers,” said Logan Bowie.
Although PATS Telford is only in its second year it has quickly established itself as an important date in the international pet trade calendar with an increasing number of overseas companies wishing to attend the event as both exhibitors and visitors, the organisers say.
AB7 Group is a 40-year-old French veterinarian laboratory and manufacturer of innovative pet care lines, including repellents, specific treatments, anti-stress, and grooming products. “We have chosen to exhibit at PATS to develop trustworthy and long-term commercial relationships with UK distributors, and also to present our latest innovations,” said François Bruckner.
KW Dog & Cat Products, from Denmark, is another company with more than 40 years’ experience. “KW is initiating a market launch into the highly competitive UK retail market. We know that the customers love our system of grooming products – we believe that PATS is the place to get the professional people on board,” commented Martin Herluf.
As well as seeing an array of new pet products and speaking to suppliers and manufacturers, visitors to PATS Telford will also be able to witness demonstrations from the country’s leading dog groomers and listen to talks from prominent industry figures.
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.