PATS Telford gears up for biggest show ever with a strong seminar line-up

Company: PATS Telford

It will be the third year that PATS takes place at Telford International Centre, where a massive exhibition hall will host over 200 exhibiting companies on Sunday and Monday, September 24-25.

PATS is the only event in the UK where buyers from specialist pet stores and garden centres can view all the latest product launches under one roof.

And as well as meeting up with a long list of PATS regulars, visitors will be greeted by a host of new faces and new products. A growing number of companies are choosing to exhibit for the first time as they see PATS as the perfect place to announce their future plans.

Show organiser Annie Foord said: “I’m happy to report that all our major exhibitors are heading for Telford and we will be welcoming an impressive number of overseas companies. They obviously regard PATS as their major platform to showcase products to UK buyers.”

PATS Telford is the ideal venue for visiting retailers to discover what’s new in the market and an ideal opportunity to talk to manufacturers and suppliers.

The New Product Showcase is a great way for visitors to see and touch the new products they will be stocking. Last year more than 300 new items were entered into the Showcase so it is the best place to view potential bestsellers.

The Showcase has been given a prime position, acknowledging its importance to both exhibitors and visitors, and all items entered by manufacturers will be put forward for the New Product Awards judged by a panel of pet retailers.

As well as seeing an unrivalled array of new pet products and speaking to top suppliers and manufacturers, visitors will also be able to witness demonstrations from the country’s leading dog groomers and listen to talks from prominent industry figures.

PATS Telford Seminars

PATS Telford has secured a strong line-up of speakers for two days of seminars designed to give pet retailers ahead-of-the-game ideas on new lines, new approaches and new profit potential.

The talks, produced in association with Pedigree Wholesale, will take place in the Seminar Theatre at Telford International Centre on both days of the show – Sunday and Monday, September 24-25.

The free-to-attend series of seminars will cover a wide range of topics including: how to drive sales of pet products, predicted future trends, getting more online visitors to your website, transforming a declining pet shop, do dogs need natural/grain free diets, and what the Government’s changes to the licensing system in 2018 will mean for your pet business.

There will also be a chance to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for those people attending a special seminar by animal healthcare specialists Merial. The CPD points will go towards the ongoing development of Suitably Qualified People (SQP) working in the pet industry.

The full PATS Telford Seminar Line-Up

Sunday, September 24

10:50 - 11:20
HOW TO DRIVE SALES OF PET PRODUCTS USING EXPERTISE, ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS
Speakers: Paul Manktelow Principal of Regional Veterinary Services - PDSA; Sarah Newble, PDSA Veterinary Nursing Team Leader and Lead Vet Care Advisor - PDSA

11:30 - 12:00
MARKET OVERVIEW AND PREDICTED FUTURE TRENDS
Speaker: James Langan, Commercial Director - Natures Menu

12:10 - 13:10
FRONTLINE: PROTECTING PETS AND YOUR BUSINESS (CPD ACCREDITED)
Speaker: Steve Moffat, Key Account Manager - Merial Animal Health Ltd

13:20 - 13:50
ECOMMERCE: GET MORE ONLINE VISITORS. OPTIMISING YOUR WEBSITE FOR GOOGLE IN 2017
Speakers: Nathan Stevens and Tina Jones, Intelligent Retail

14:00 - 14:30
A RETAILER'S JOURNEY: SHARING THE EXPERIENCES AND CHALLENGES OF TRANSFORMING A DECLINING PET SHOP
Speaker: Jamie Gleave - Paws & Claws

14:40 - 15:10
DO YOU NEED A LICENCE TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS?
Speaker: Nigel Baker - Pet Industry Federation

Monday, September 25

10:10 - 10:40
DO DOGS NEED NATURAL/GRAIN FREE DIETS?
Speaker: Kellie Ceccarelli, Spectrum Brands Veterinary Technical Manager

10:50 - 11:20
ECOMMERCE: GET MORE ONLINE VISITORS. OPTIMISING YOUR WEBSITE FOR GOOGLE IN 2017
Speakers: Nathan Stevens and Tina Jones, Intelligent Retail

11:30 - 12:00
MARKET OVERVIEW AND PREDICTED FUTURE TRENDS
Speakers: James Langan, Commercial Director - Natures Menu; Nick Munby, Marketing Manager - Natures Menu

12:10 - 13:10
FRONTLINE: PROTECTING PETS AND YOUR BUSINESS (CPD ACCREDITED)
Speaker: Steve Moffat, Key Account Manager - Merial Animal Health Ltd

13:20 - 13:50
DO YOU NEED A LICENCE TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS?
Speaker: Nigel Baker - Pet Industry Federation

14:00 - 14:30
HOW TO DRIVE SALES OF PET PRODUCTS USING EXPERTISE, ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS
Speakers: Paul Manktelow Principal of Regional Veterinary Services - PDSA; Sarah Newble, PDSA Veterinary Nursing Team Leader and Lead Vet Care Advisor - PDSA

Parking is free at the Telford International Centre, and everyone will receive free tea and coffee, and a free show catalogue. Those arriving before 10.30am will also receive a free breakfast voucher, redeemable until 11am.

With good catering facilities and plenty of seating areas taken care of, visitors can concentrate fully on the main business of the day – seeing top-class products from the biggest range of suppliers and manufacturers…all under one roof.

A full and up-to-date list of exhibitors is available on www.patshow.co.uk together with information on how to reach the venue and regularly updated show news.

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