PATS Sandown attracted a total of 1,859 visitors over two highly successful days of business activity, with the number of pet retailers attending the show increasing by 2% compared to 2014.
There was also a larger presence from garden centres at the Sandown Park showpiece in Surrey (6% higher than the previous year), as the pet category takes on a growing importance throughout this sector.
The show saw more visitors from London (20% up on 2014) and the South West (7% higher).
?The feedback we?ve received has been fantastic with lots of exhibitors remarking that the quality of visitors to their stands was of a high standard,? said Gordon Thomas, from organisers Impact Exhibitions.
?They?ve been telling us there were more decision-makers at the show, and this has been confirmed by our data which shows a larger number of company owners and directors attended this year.?
The growing importance of the pet category in garden centres was emphasised by Ciaran McCready, a director of Knights Garden Centre in Woldingham, Surrey.
?PATS works so well because visitors like me get the chance to see all the latest pet products under one roof,? said Ciaran.
?As well as discovering lots of new items to stock in our pet department I was also able to meet new suppliers.?
It was also the first visit to PATS by Lynne Morris, pet shop manager at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Horningsea, Cambridgeshire. ?I was very impressed with the show.
?There was a good range of stands and the whole exhibition was well designed.
?All the suppliers I spoke to were brilliant and I found quite a lot of new ranges for our pet department.?
Another PATS show will take place later this year in Telford on 27-28 September.