29th September to 1st October 2024  |  Telford International Centre
03 Jan 2024

PATS 2024 is THE talk of the UK pet and aquatics trade

PATS 2024 is THE talk of the UK pet and aquatics trade
PATS 2024

The relaunch of PATS 2024 as an all-encompassing three-day exhibition has become THE major talking point with companies operating within a growing UK pet and aquatics trade.

PATS 2024, the UK’s Pet & Aquatics Trade Show, will take place at Telford International Centre from Sunday 29th September to Tuesday 1st October 2024, and an impressive line-up of companies have already booked their stands for next year’s event with many taking bigger spaces.

Vetfleece, a leading manufacturer of super soft pet bedding for kennels, crates and domestic homes, is one company that has increased its stand space after a highly successful PATS exhibition in October.

Richard Ward, Joint Managing Director of Vetfleece, which also supplies premium leads, harnesses, and car accessories, said: “Vetfleece/AK-9 is wholeheartedly embracing the extension to a three-day event at the PATS pet and aquatics trade show for 2024.

“Following our record-breaking achievement in 2023, where we proudly established 150 new trade accounts in a span of two days, we are maintaining our momentum by keeping our free stock offer – a complimentary stock package valued at £239 for each new trade account – open until PATS 2024. Those interested can take advantage of this offer by visiting (www.green-rocks.co.uk/qr/account).

“The expansion to a three-day event is a welcome development for us. During previous shows, we found ourselves stretched to engage meaningfully with every visitor at our stand. The sheer volume of interest meant that valuable conversations were often cut short. To rectify this, we are planning to double our stand size and double the staff presence for the 2024 show, ensuring that every inquiry and potential partnership is given the attention it deserves.

“With two of the three days falling within the working week, we are optimistic about connecting with more corporate buyers and larger teams from independent pet stores. These are the professionals who interact with end-users daily, and their insights are invaluable to us. The additional day also enhances the social aspects of the event, allowing for more of the successful evening do’s hosted by organiser Gordon Thomas and his team, which have become a highlight for networking and camaraderie. The atmosphere around the Holiday Inn bar is always buzzing, presenting an ideal setting for exhibitors to mingle and exchange ideas that daytime schedules may otherwise preclude.

“The restructuring of PATS for 2024 into one comprehensive event, rather than two separate shows, is a strategic move we believe will yield a more impactful, cost-effective, and dynamic trade show. It also provides us with a better lead time to prepare and launch outstanding products that will resonate with our partners and their customers. We’re gearing up for what we anticipate will be not just our best PATS show to date, but an event that surpasses all expectations and sets a new standard for the pet and aquatics trade.”

Independent pet wholesaler We.pet is also planning ahead for PATS 2024, having booked its stand. Director Daniel Vander (pictured above) commented: “We are really excited at what a three-day event might hold for We.pet! We are confident that footfall over a three-day one-off exhibition will increase with both existing customers and potential new customers making the effort to attend a bigger exhibition.

“We are also hopeful that it will encourage more international customers to make the journey which is a market sector we are targeting and growing in every year. And finally with three days, it gives us and the team an ideal platform to meet, socialise and enjoy the company of our compatriots from all parts of the pet and aquatics trade.”

Companies and brands to have already secured their stand space include: Ancol Pet Products, Cranswick Pet Products (Alpha & Vitalin), Danish Design, Eden Pet Foods, Fold Hill Foods, Forthglade, IPN, Kennelpak, Natures Menu and Nature’s Variety, Nova Dog Chews, Paleo Ridge, Pedigree Wholesale, Rogz, Trixie, We.pet, and Westland (Bucktons and Peckish), among many others.

Retailers and buyers can register their interest in visiting PATS 2024 by going to the exhibition website www.patshow.co.uk, which has all the up-to-date information about the show.

Photographs of PATS Telford 2023 are available to download at

https://stewartwrittle.dphoto.com/album/dollqv

For further media information please contact Neil Pope by email press@impact-exhibitions.com

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We had a fantastic experience exhibiting at PATS, where we were able to showcase our products. PATS provides us with an excellent platform to connect with industry professionals, gain valuable market insights, and establish relationships, making it a truly successful and rewarding experience.

Charlie Williams
Commercial Director |  Canagan Group

The amount of new products on display is amazing. A visit to PATS is more than worthwhile - it's essential if you're a serious retailer.

Amanda Tallis
Harrys Pets

PATS is the show not to be missed, we get busier every year without a doubt

Rob Newsome
Director Sales and Operations |  Danish Design

This year was my seventh trip to PATS. It’s so important for us to keep up to date and stay relevant, and the event helps us to do that every year

Jo Sutton
Owner |  Discount Feeds in Wetherby
The New Starter Zone had a serious buzz about it. We had a lot of interest, keeping us busy on both days of the show. It was perfect for a new business starting out. 
Louise Toal
Owner & Founder |  Furr Boost
I think the show is important to the industry as it gives people the chance to talk face to face. I loved the New Starter Zone
Jo Milnes
Distinctive Pets, Yorkshire
As a Dutch-based supplier of live, frozen and dried fish food, aquarium plants and water treatments to UK retail outlets, public aquaria and zoos, I am thrilled to hear that PATS is introducing a dedicated aquatics section into its trade show. The fusion of pets and aquatics under one roof promises a great three-day event.
Joey Abrahams
Commercial Director |  Aquadip

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