"I’m also happy to report that the UK’s major exhibitors are again heading for Telford, and many companies have increased their stand space this year.
"Another pleasing aspect is the fact we will be welcoming more overseas companies as well. They obviously regard AQUA as their major platform to showcase products to UK buyers.
"It’s a really exciting time for AQUA and I can promise visitors it will be the biggest ever AQUA show."
Some 82 companies will be exhibiting their products and services at Telford International Centre on October 14-15.
The new exhibitors include: All Pond Solutions, Aquatlantis, Bimex BV, Hamac, Koral Sea, Lovibond, Multifox, Nauticalia, New Techno, Nordic Reef, Norwood Aquarium, Noux, PondXpert, Sharnbrook Shrimps, and Simply Aquaria.
Nearly 100 new products were showcased in 2013 when AQUA was last staged, and a higher number is expected this year. All the items will be entered into the New Product Awards, which will be judged by team of independent retailers on the opening morning of the show.
There will 10 different categories compared to five in 2013.
The categories that now make up the Showcase and Awards are:
- POS/Merchandising Idea
- Reptile Product
- Pond Construction/Decoration
- Pond Pump
- Pond Filter
- Pond Food, Care and Accessories
- Aquaria and Furniture
- Aquarium Equipment
- Aquarium Food, Care and Accessories
- Aquarium Decoration