The UK pet industry was able to reunite for the first time in more than 18 months when the doors at PATS Telford opened last month.
Image: PATS was a huge hit!
There was an amazing buzz in the exhibition halls at Telford International Centre as suppliers and retailers met face-to-face at the UK’s national pet industry exhibition. More than 190 companies showcased a record number of new products and the mood throughout the opening day was really upbeat.
Steve Driver, of Pet Trade Innovations, summed up the atmosphere, stating: “People have waited a long time for the return of PATS and that has been reflected in the way everyone has responded. Our stand has been busy throughout the day. In fact, we couldn’t keep up with the amount of enquiries. The number and the quality of visitors have both been fantastic. It has been the best show ever.”
It was the same story throughout the exhibition as stands were busy throughout the day.
Ancol won a New Product Award with its Jawables Bad Boys toy, and director Simon Lane said: “Picking up an award put the icing on a great day. It’s our 50th anniversary and we wanted to celebrate in style at PATS. Lots of visitors have been drawn to the stand and we’ve had some great conversations with buyers. I’m really pleased we’ve returned to this fantastic show.”
Grantley Rogers, of Henry Wag, was also presented with a New Product Award for the brand’s Noodle Drying Towel, and admitted that the accolade had created lots of interest on his stand, especially from potential new customers. “Everyone seems pleased the industry is able to meet up again under one roof. It has been a brilliant opening day.”
Retailers have also welcomed the opportunity to meet up with their suppliers and to see, touch and feel all the latest additions to the market.
One pet shop owner remarked: “It has been a challenging year, so having the chance to see what’s new is very welcome.” Another added: “We’re here for both days and we’re so glad we made that decision because there’s so much to see.”
As well as all the new products showcased, visitors were also treated to talks by leading industry figures, including from Pet Product Marketing publisher James Buzzel, and demonstrations from professional groomers.