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If you are involved in the animal & pet industry, you will want to attend and even exhibit at the top trade shows and events, giving you a presence in the industry.
Whether you deal with dogs, cats, horses, reptiles or rodents, there’s a show in the UK for you. Many of these shows hold a variety of competitions and awards, which draws a huge crowd and potential audience to trade stands.
In no particular order, here is our list of the top 10 animal and pet trade shows in the UK:
The National Pet Show
Held at the NEC in Birmingham, if you want to attend a show that covers a broad spectrum of all species of pets, this is the show for you. There are over 100 dog and cat breeds in attendance, horses, rodents, reptiles, aquatics, birds and minibeasts.
Now entering its 5th year, there were over 200 exhibitors in 2017, with over 24k visitors in attendance - plenty of opportunities to network, and a wide audience to attract to your stand.
This show is centred around providing a great experience for the whole family - including pets who are welcome at this show. There are a wide range of trade stands with a variety of supplies of all species of pet - a great show to attend if you provide goods or services for a mix of animal species.
Alongside this, there is a range of events and shows such as pet first aid, fun dog shows and ferret racing!
This event is the largest Pet Expo in Scotland and hosts a variety of displays, attractions and trade stalls, pitching itself as 'everything your pets will ever need all under one roof'.
The event was sold out in 2018 with over 1,200 people attending, leading to two 2019 dates to be announced. This event would be beneficial to businesses who deal in any kind of pet supplies or services.
Crufts is an internationally recognised show that centres around the championship dog show, but also includes a large trade show with a huge range of dog-related goods and services on offer. If you are in the canine market, this is the show to be at to showcase your wares and get your brand recognised.
Crufts is held annually at the NEC in Birmingham and is the largest show of it's kind in the world, with over 166k visitors attending in 2018, with 84% of all attendees looking around the trade stands, making them the most visited part of the show.
This is the Largest Dog Show held in London and is a long-standing event, now in its 23rd year. This show is ideal for businesses in the canine market to exhibit at, with 50% of visitors who previously attended saying they came to browse and shop at trade stands.
It is also worth noting that Discover Dogs is organised by the same team as Crufts and any exhibitors that attend Discover Dogs are given preference for available space at Crufts.
The GCCF Supreme Cat Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham and is one of the largest feline related shows in the UK. The show awards cats in many categories, including UK Champion and Supreme Champion.
There is a range of trade stalls in attendance, selling a variety of cat-related products and supplies. If you are in the feline market this show will bring you a large footfall of potential customers who are interested in your wares.
BETA International is a world leading exhibition showcasing the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product sectors, that celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.
This show offers a business and networking platform for the equestrian sector and entertains over 4,000 industry buyers every year. There is a wide range of stand spaces at this show to suit a range of budgets, making it a great show whatever the size of your business.
Held at Doncaster Racecourse, the `Bradford` Premier Small Animal Show is the longest running and biggest small animal exhibition show held in the UK, now entering its 97th year.
Around 5,000 consumers visit the show each year, largely made up of families and pet owners. The show caters for a wide range of small animals such as gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats. So if your business focus is around these, this show is a great platform to reach potential consumers.
The I.H.S Show is aimed towards traders and breeders of Reptiles, Invertebrates and Amphibians. It hosts a huge array of trade stands selling dry goods, equipment and foodstuffs.
These I.H.S ‘National Breeders Meetings’ were set up to enable members to buy and sell their snakes, lizards, geckos, spiders, frogs, but the exhibition has since expanded and is now one of the most popular Reptile shows in the UK.
The London Vet show is Europe's premier veterinary exhibition, run in association with the Royal Veterinary College and the British Veterinary Association. The show offers lectures from world-class speakers and great networking opportunities, alongside its large trade stand area.
Over 450 exhibitors and 5600 vet professionals attended the show last year, making the London Vet Show one of the main buying events for the Veterinary profession.