Pet industry right behind three-day PATS 2024


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Manufacturers and suppliers are getting behind PATS 2024 as the Pet & Aquatics Trade Show prepares for its first-ever THREE-DAY event, taking place at Telford International Centre from Sunday, 29th September to Tuesday, 1st October 2024.

More than 160 companies have already booked their stand space for the showpiece with still eight months to go, and the final number of exhibitors is set to be well over 300, making it the biggest PATS ever staged.

With PATS 2024 taking over all of the exhibition space at the International Centre, this year’s event will also feature the Aquatics Zone, a dedicated area for aquatics and watergardening exhibitors.

Showcasing all the latest launches under one roof, the show’s reputation has grown impressively over the past 15 years since launching in 2009. With such a winning formula, PATS has become the ‘must-visit’ event for UK and international retailers and buyers.

This year’s three-day formula has enticed Supreme Petfoods to return to PATS. Marketing director Claire Hamblion explained: “The pet industry has grown phenomenally in recent years and it’s an exciting time to be returning to PATS. Having an event like PATS, where we can all get together under one roof, provides a unique opportunity to catch up and share insights.

“I think it’s even better that PATS has been consolidated into a single all-encompassing show. Having one large pet trade event not only streamlines the experience for exhibitors and delegates but also helps to elevate the UK pet industry’s prominence on a global scale and we are excited to play our part.

“The timing couldn’t be better. After an exciting start to the year with our recent move into the dog category, PATS is the ideal platform to showcase our new Tiny Friends Farm dog treats, alongside the rest of our popular Tiny Friends Farm and Science Selective small pet brands. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Carina Evans, CEO of Podium Pet Products, summed up why companies can rely on PATS to deliver the best show for the UK and international pet trade. “We are really looking forward to PATS,” said Carina. “The three-day format will undoubtably attract more international buyers and create a professional working environment. I expect it to be a firm fixture in people’s diaries. Having a big show in the Autumn will ensure that our products get noticed at the most important time.”

Snug & Cosy Pets exhibited for the first time at PATS last year and the company’s Luke Finnegan admitted the 2024 event can’t come soon enough. “We are so excited to be a part of it and with both exhibitions merging this year, it is going to be bigger and better than ever. We cannot wait to showcase our luxury pet beds, learn more about enrichment products and network more with the UK pet industry.”

It's a similar story for COYA Pet whose brand manager Amy Spratt said: “We launched our new brand at PATS in 2023 and couldn’t be happier that the event is now bigger than ever.

PATS has been a fabulous launchpad for us and we’ve gained great traction off the back of it. It’s the perfect platform to launch and grow brands.”

For Irish company Chanelle Pharma, a manufacturer of veterinary products, PATS 2024 will be its third year as an exhibitor. “The event has been successful in terms of gaining new leads and strengthening connections,” said marketing executive Julie Feeney. “This year we anticipate having great conversations with new and existing customers.”

Petface is also thrilled to be a part of PATS 2024 with marketing executive Lauren Summers saying: “We’ll be using this perfect platform to showcase new, fun, and innovative pet products to aid in the entertainment, mental stimulation, health, and care of pets all around the UK.”

Other companies and brands to have already secured their stand space include: Whitebridge, Schesir, Skinners, Pedigree Wholesale, Ancol, Dorwest Herbs and Kong.  Newcomers include Happy Pet, Holistic Hound, Bullybillows and Doodlebone.

Retailers and buyers can register their interest in visiting PATS 2024 by going to the new-look website, which has all the up-to-date information about the show.