Organisers of PATS Telford have revealed the event is “on track” to deliver its “most important show” in its 11-year history.
The event is set to take place at the Telford International Centre on 27 September and 28 September in 17 weeks’ time.
Organisers have confirmed additional exhibitor bookings this week, including Westland Pet, Loving Pets and Cliverton Insurance. To date, over 130 pet companies have booked their stand space.
The levels of visitor pre-registrations for this year’s event are “higher than usual”, and according to organisers, demand for the product-led trade exhibition has “never been greater”.
The organisers of PATS are working closely with Telford International Centre to ensure all safety factors are met, with plans to implement social distancing measures throughout the event.
Telford International Centre is a member of the Association of Exhibition Venues, which is in the process of submitting proposals to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on how it will safely manage the re-opening of venues in late August.
Gordon Thomas, exhibition director of PATS, said: “As professional trade show organisers we are working hard with our venues to cover all eventualities, with the safety of all staff, exhibitors and visitors at the forefront of any measures.
“I’ve been in regular contact with our exhibitors throughout lockdown, making sure they are on board with everything that’s being planned for PATS Telford 2020. And they’ve been telling me they can’t wait to showcase their products.”
He added: “I’ve also spoken to retailers and buyers eager to move on from lockdown, and there is a real thirst to visit an exhibition where they can see and order stock, all under one roof.
“There are still 17 weeks to go before the show and we will continue to work with everyone to ensure that PATS Telford 2020 helps the pet industry to come back stronger than ever.”