The awards are now in their fifth year and attract a wide range of suppliers, retailers and press to the presentation dinner and party. In 2017, the organisers will for the first time also present the PATS New Product Awards. Commenting on this further enhancement to the awards evening, Amanda Sizer Barrett, director general of PetQuip said: “We are delighted to welcome the presentation of the PATS New Product Awards which will be a further attraction during the awards event in 2017. “New product launches attract many buyers to visit important trade exhibitions such as PATS and we are very pleased that the organisers have chosen our event at which to celebrate and reward the best of those on show in 2017.”
The association’s PetQuip Awards attracted a record number of nominations, described by the judges as being of a very high standard with colourful, innovative entries and the occasional quirky product. The list of 55 finalists is as follows:
Business of the Year
Beco Pets; Bunty Pet Products; Collarways; Danish Designs; First Aid for Life; Forthglade; Friends for Pets; Naturediet; Natures Menu; Phoenox Textiles; Pedigree Wholesale; Scruffs; Unipet
Exporter of the Year
Armitage Pet Care; Danish Designs; Natures Menu; Pero (Foods); Phoenox Textiles; Pet Revolution
Marketing Project of the Year
Cotswold Raw; Hownd; Pet London; The Dog Treat Co; Unipet
Pet Product of the Year
- Food & Treats – Beco Pet; Burgess; Huxley Hound; JR Pet Products; Pet Munchies; Naturediet; The Dog Treat Co; Verity & Voss
- Accessories – Accapi; Collarways; Danish Designs; Haypigs; Hownd; Krafty Creature; Phoenox Textiles; Scruffs
- Health & Technical – Blumen International; First Aid for Life; Pet Revolution; Scout Traks
International Pet Retailer/Distributor/ Wholesaler of the Year
blue gray, s.r.o (Petpark) – Slovakia; Faunatar – Finland; Häromi Hundtillbehör AB – Sweden; Meiko Heimtierbedarf AG – Switzerland; Ranzijn tuin & dier – The Netherlands
UK Pet Retailer of the Year
Fetch.co.uk – based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Paws & Claws, Frodsham, Cheshire; Pet London, Wigmore Street, London; Pets Pantry, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire; Pets Pantry, Warrington, Cheshire; The Wandering Dog, Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear
To be revealed on 24th September at the PetQuip Awards dinner.
Commenting on the finalists list, PetQuip’s association manager, Pat Flynn said: “The standard of award entries across all sectors this year, means that our independent retailer judges will have a difficult task at the end of August when deciding on the winners and runners up. “The sheer number and quality of the award nominees is a clear indication of the strength of the UK pet care industry.”
The 2017 PetQuip awards presentation and party will be awarding accolades to deserving winners from the pet industry on the first evening of PATS Telford in the Ludlow Suite at the Telford International Centre on Sunday 24 September. Ticket prices include a drinks reception, three course dinner with wine, the prestigious awards presentations and afterwards a casino, which was an extremely popular entertainment last year.
Tickets are already being sold and are available at £80 plus VAT (or only £70 plus VAT for PetQuip members). Companies can also book their own tables and invite their customers and colleagues to share the fun and networking opportunity this event provides for the industry at PATS.