Organisers of PATS Telford said quality and quantity were the themes of the bumper show, with exhibitors and visitors alike commenting on the amount of great business being done across the two days.
The second day started off as busy as the first with pet retailers and industry professionals flooding through the doors eager to see the array of innovations coming to market.
With more than 260 companies and brands showcasing hundreds of new products in all three halls of Telford International Centre, it proved to be a record-breaker.
There was also a lot of excitement around the news that PATS Telford 2024 would become a three-day show.
Sallie-Ann Reed, managing director of Rogz, said she experienced lots of interest in its New Product Award-winning product range.
Ms Reed said: “We’ve had an amazing show. It’s great to see so much support for the exhibition and I’ve been particularly pleased with the interest shown it our product ranges. PATS Telford creates a real buzz in the UK pet industry, and I’m 100% behind the move to a three-day show next year.”
Ancol Pet Products was another exhibitor welcoming the prospect of showcasing its products over three days from 2024 onwards.
Director Simon Lane said: “This year’s show has been brilliant. Our stand was busy from start to finish and there was a good mix of retailers and buyers showing interest in our ranges. I really love the idea of being able to have an extra day.”
The show also got the thumbs-up from visitors, who flocked to the show on both days.
Toni Thornton of Four Oaks Country Store, who has been in the pet trade for over 30 years, said: “There’s a really good vibe here this year – everyone’s so upbeat and happy to be doing business. And there’s so much to see – we are going to struggle to get round in two days to be honest.”
Darren Porter, owner of Urmston Pet Shop in Greater Manchester, added: “I’ve really enjoyed the show. I like how PATS has separated out the New Starter Zone – especially near the free drinks – as it has massively helped to identify who is new and I think it’s also helped them all to feel they are in it together. I find they are dead keen to do business and meeting them at PATS is the only way to find out what’s new and up and coming.”
Date for the diary
PATS Telford 2024
Telford International Centre
September 29-October 1, 2024