By Debbie Brownlow of PHG Bolton (www.phg-bolton.co.uk)

Pet stalls can be held at a variety of locations, gift and craft fairs, local fetes, seasonal fairs, country shows and holiday shows.

Prices can vary between £10 – £200 for a place depending on the location and size of the event. You can usually expect to pay around £20 – £40 for a local event.

Generally for indoor venues you are supplied with a table and chairs, but it is always worth taking a large cover for the table.

For outdoor events you will need to invest in a gazebo to protect your stall from the weather and table and chairs.

Some organisers will require that you have public liability insurance.

If you decide to sell products on your stall it is worth finding a local pet cash and carry supplier and picking well known products which can be sold at a lower price than the shops.

Cons
• Cost of stall, equipment and supplies to sell.
• Not guaranteed to make all your money back.
• Time required preparing and holding stall.

Pros
• Brilliant way to meet pet lovers and discuss their pet care requirements.
• Networking opportunity with other stall holders.
• Promoting the business and gaining new clients.
• Good fun day out.

Summary
In my experience, holding a stall is well worth the effort and time spent. You get to meet some lovely pet owners and more importantly the pet owners can meet you and discuss their animal care requirements.

You will usually at least make back your stall money, but the opportunity is there to make some good money if you find the right products to sell.

I buy my products from a company called ‘Bestpets’ who have cash and carry warehouses throughout the UK and allow you to buy as little as you want.

It is not essential that you sell products; you could just use the opportunity to promote your business and more importantly yourself.