PATS is the BEST place to source new pet products
PATS – The Pet & Aquatics Trade Show – is the best place to source new products, according to an award-winning garden centre.
Visitors to PATS, which takes place at Telford International Centre from 29th September to 1st October 2024, will be presented with thousands of products from more than 350 UK and international brands, making the exhibition essential to retailers seeking next year’s bestsellers.
And as the pet sector has become an increasingly essential part of garden centre retailing, PATS is set to be a vital date in the industry calendar.
Barton Grange is an award-wining garden centre located near Preston in Lancashire, and its petcare and wildlife department is one of its most popular attractions.
The garden centre’s gardening and wildlife manager Ryan Shenton attended PATS last September and admitted he was surprised by the size of the show. “I found it a great opportunity to see many of my current suppliers and view their full range of products, as well as all their new launches. It also allowed me to meet and look at new suppliers I hadn’t discovered before.”
Barton Grange recently won the The Greatest Wild Bird Care & Pet Team award, sponsored by PATS 2024, in a prestigious Christmas competition.
The garden centre received the honour as part of The Greatest Christmas Awards, organised by Garden Trade News and presented at Spring Fair.
“It was great to receive the Greatest Wildlife & Pet Team Award, sponsored by PATS,” added Ryan. “The team put a lot of work into creating great displays and sourcing some of the best products. We pride ourselves on making sure we keep very high standards so it’s great to receive the award. It has given the team a big boost.”
The Greatest Christmas Award judges said: “Barton Grange had amazing Christmas decorations in the Wild Bird Care area. The pet area was a lovely extension of Christmas between festive decorations and lighting. Clearly the Wild Bird Care and Pet teams were very much part of the overall Barton Grange Christmas team.”
Silver award in the Greatest Wildlife & Pet Team category went to Bents and bronze to Old Railway Line.
Pet buyers from garden centres, as well as all other retailers, can register their interest in visiting PATS 2024 by going to the exhibition’s new-look 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
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