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OIA Newsletter - January 2017
OIA Conference & AGM 2017 - book now!

With just six weeks to go until this year's conference, there are a limited number of delegate places and sponsorship opportunities still available.

The event, sponsored by The Camping & Caravanning Club, will once again take place at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on 15th and 16th March 2017. Don't miss out - book your place today!
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UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2017 - public voting now open 
Public voting for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2017 is now open, which provides an opportunity for consumers to select their favourite new outdoor products - please help to increase votes by directing your customers and contacts to the voting page.
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OTS 2017 - the UK’s largest outdoor trade show, is now open for exhibitor bookings!

...and as a result of the OIA recently becoming a joint owner of the show, OTS organisers are offering an early bird discount to OIA members on stands booked before March 2017.
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"Getting Active Outdoors" magazine

The OIA is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Getting Active Outdoors’ - a brand new digital magazine which will be published in collaboration with Target Publishing.

Target Publishing has provided seed funding, and the OIA has provided the contacts, partnerships and inspiration - but now it needs your help and support to grow it and make it a success.
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New national figures released by Sport England


Sport England has published the first figures from its new Active Lives survey, which provides a new insight into how people get active across the nation.

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EOS 2017 line-up announced

Following the hugely successful 2016 event in Barcelona, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced the line-up for the fifth annual European Outdoor Summit (EOS), which is to take place on 4th and 5th October 2017 in Treviso, Italy.  
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Member News!

Hi-Tec was voted the Best Outdoor Brand of the Year by Go Outdoors customers earlier this month in the GO Outdoors Awards 2016 - other award winning members include Rab (Clothing Product of the Year), Scarpa (Footwear of the Year) and Montane (Rucksack of the Year).
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 The Outdoor City Weekender  

Climbers, walkers, bikers, runners and those who simply love the outdoors are set for a treat when The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield for a second year in March.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the weekend of high-octane outdoor fun will take place from 17th - 19th March in and around Sheffield: The Outdoor City.

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Army Reserves Polar Expedition arrives at the end of epic 1,100 mile crossing of Antarctica

A team of five Army Reservists have reached the end of their 1,100-mile crossing of Antarctica, after 67 days on ice, making them the first military team in history to do so. The team, SPEAR17, is raising awareness and funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army.
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OIA heads to ISPO

Andrew Denton will be heading to ISPO in Munich next month (5th - 8th February) to network with industry colleagues and members. If you would like to catch up with him at the show, please contact him directly in advance:

Member Recruitment Tools

Please share our brochure and video with your suppliers, customers and other contacts, and encourage them to support the industry by joining the OIA.

We really need the entire trade, who benefits from the work, to pay for the work. Together, we can support and grow the industry for the benefit of all.

If you know someone who might be interested in receiving this monthly newsletter, please let them know that they can subscribe here.

New OIA Members!

We are delighted to welcome the following new members, who joined the OIA this month:

Captive Minds inspires brand and broadcast audiences through adventure and sport.
UK and Irish distributor for a range of carefully selected brands aimed at the backpacking, trekking, travel and climbing markets.

Sabbot headwear is a vast range of knit hats to suit all activities, manufactured in the Czech Rep by Brand Promotions, who set up their business in 1998.


Yellowstone is proud to be a forerunner in the development and distribution of outdoor pursuit and camping equipment.

For further information, please contact:
 Andrew Denton, Chief Executive Officer:

Lauren Mackenzie, Marketing & Communications:
General enquiries:

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