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PATS Telford gears up for biggest show ever


Pet products have shown strong growth in garden centres – and the latest innovations in the market offer even more potential. The show organisers of PATS Telford provide a glimpse of what attendees can expect


It will be the third year that PATS takes place at Telford International Centre, where a massive exhibition hall will host over 200 exhibiting companies on Sunday and Monday, September 24 and 25.


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PATS is the only event in the UK where buyers from specialist pet stores and garden centres can view all the latest product launches under one roof. And as well as meeting up with a long list of PATS regulars, visitors will be greeted by a host of new faces and new products. A growing number of companies are


ATS Telford is gearing up to be the biggest show ever in the pet trade event’s nine-year history.


choosing to exhibit for the first time as they see PATS as the perfect place to announce their future plans. Show organiser Annie Foord said: “I’m happy


to report that all our major exhibitors are heading for Telford and we will be welcoming an impressive number of overseas companies. They obviously regard PATS as their major platform to showcase products to UK buyers.” PATS Telford is the ideal venue for visiting


retailers to discover what’s new in the market and an ideal opportunity to talk to manufacturers and suppliers. The New Product Showcase is a great way for visitors to see and touch the new products


they will be stocking. Last year more than 300 new items were entered into the Showcase so it is the best place to view potential bestsellers. The Showcase has been given a prime


position, acknowledging its importance to both exhibitors and visitors, and all items entered by manufacturers will be put forward for the New Product Awards judged by a panel of pet retailers. As well as seeing an unrivalled array of new


pet products and speaking to top suppliers and manufacturers, visitors will also be able to witness demonstrations from the country’s leading dog groomers and listen to talks from prominent industry figures. Parking is free at the Telford International


Centre, and everyone will receive free tea and coffee, and a free show catalogue. Those arriving before 10.30am will also receive a free breakfast voucher, redeemable until 11am. With good catering facilities and plenty of


seating areas taken care of, visitors can concentrate fully on the main business of the day – seeing top-class products from the biggest range of suppliers and manufacturers, all under one roof. A full and up-to-date list of exhibitors is


Highlights of PATS Telford are set to include the New Product Showcase and a busy seminar program


available on the website, www.patshow.co.uk, together with information on how to reach the venue and regularly updated show news. • PATS Telford 2017 will be open on Sunday, September 24 from 9.30am to 5pm, and on Monday, September 25 from 9.30am to 4pm


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