Pet industry trade show, PATS, has attracted over 2,000 visitors for the first time in its seven year history.
The two day event took place at the Telford International Centre between September 27-28. Visitor numbers reached 2,036, six percent higher than last autumn’s Harrogate-based show.
PATS attracted domestic and international buyers. Mainland Europe was well represented and there were visitors from Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
The number of overseas visitors has elevated the show on an international scale, and one of the busiest areas at the show was the International Buyers’ Lounge hosted by PetQuip.
Amanda Sizer Barrett MBE, director general of PetQuip, said: “There’s been 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.”
PATS organiser Annie Foord said: “We love running this show for the pet industry so it is fantastic to hear that exhibitors and visitors have experienced a brilliant show. It’s great to hear so many positive comments about our new venue.”