The event’s announcement follows high levels of interest in PATS at the Interzoo show in Nuremberg. Organiser Gordon Thomas said: “We were primarily there to raise the awareness of PATS internationally and to encourage large European retailers and distributors to visit and of course do business with our exhibitors who are interested in exporting”.
“We will have over 180 exhibitors at PATS Telford, and 81% of them are exporters.
“Buyers from many European countries showed real interest in visiting our show in September,” said Gordon. “On our Interzoo stand we had visitors from the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, Croatia, France and Hungary, and there were even enquiries from Indonesia, Egypt, China, Jordan and the USA.
“UK pet products are very popular and representatives from international pet companies could see the advantage of meeting up with British suppliers under one roof.
“They agreed that PATS is the perfect venue to discover what’s new in the market for the year ahead, and an ideal opportunity to talk to UK-based manufacturers and suppliers.”
Amanda Sizer Barrett MBE, director general of PetQuip, said: “Last year at PATS Telford there was a tremendous amount of interest from our overseas buyers. We know from their feedback that they are finding products that are very different from elsewhere. PATS is a very exciting place for them to be, and I believe this year’s show will be even better.”
The show will feature an International Business Centre, where visitors from overseas will be able to hold meetings with UK suppliers. PetQuip team members will also be available to provide business services, sourcing advice and arrange introductions to UK pet companies.
PATS Telford is taking place on September 25-26. More information can be found at www.patshow.co.uk.