Plans to expand PATS Telford and a new grooming competition for PATS Sandown

Company: PATS
PATS Telford announce the addition of a third hall

Organisers of PATS Telford have announced plans to grow the UK’s National Pet Industry Exhibition this year with the addition of a third hall.

The extra space will be used essentially to improve the visitor experience. As well as providing additional catering and seating, key visitor features like the New Product Showcase, Grooming Workshops, Seminars and International Buyers’ Centre will be expanded.

PATS Telford, which takes place on September 27-28, has already secured stand bookings from many of the industry’s leading brands, including Burns, Kong, IPN, Flexi, Trixie, Marriages, Happy Pet, Symply and Canagan, Natures Menu, Billy + Margot and Benyfit Natural.

Leading trade association PetQuip will again be working with PATS to tempt international pet retail chains and distributors to the Autumn showpiece, and will be hosting the International Buyers’ Centre where visitors can sit down and meet prospective new suppliers at the event. PetQuip team members will also be available to provide business services, sourcing advice and arrange introductions to UK pet companies.

The association’s involvement doesn’t end there because it will be staging its prestigious PetQuip Awards after the first day of the exhibition. During an evening when outstanding success in the industry is celebrated, the PATS Telford New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews, will also be presented.

In another initiative aimed at encouraging large European retailers and distributors to visit the Telford show, the PATS team will have a stand in the British Pavilion at Interzoo in May.

A new grooming competition for PATS Sandown

A new competition called ‘Groom-Off Sunday’ will be launched at PATS Sandown and will offer 16 budding groomers the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.

Groom-Off Sunday, run in association with expert Mathew Spry and The Welsh Grooming Academy, is aimed at novice groomers or those just starting out in grooming competitions.

The competition will run in two independent sessions on the opening day of PATS Sandown (Sunday 9th February) and the judges will be focusing on style, balance, sympathy and technicalities.

Entering is easy and FREE, simply complete the Competition Entry form, which can be found on the website www.welshgroomingacademy.co.uk/patsgroomoff. The closing deadline is Thursday, 30th January.

Everything is lined up for this inaugural competition, taking place in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at PATS Sandown. 

With a hamper of prizes from top companies HOWND and Aeolus and a trophy for the two group winners, Groom-Off Sunday is set to be a successful addition to the show.

There is also a full programme of talks and more grooming demonstrations scheduled for the second day of PATS Sandown (Monday 10th February).

With an increasing number of pet retailers introducing grooming salons into their stores, the PATS programme of talks and demos will provide invaluable insights into this side of the business.

The demonstrations will highlight the knowledge and expertise required to complete traditional grooming techniques successfully as well as showing off a few modern and creative ideas.

It’s going to be a very busy and memorable year at both PATS Sandown and PATS Telford – two pet industry exhibitions that showcase the best and latest products and services. To keep up with all the latest news from the shows visit www.patshow.co.uk

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