Two weeks ago, around 200 delegates gathered in Harrogate for the OIA’s AGM & Conference, which was sponsored for the second year running by The Camping and Caravanning Club. A comprehensive programme of thought provoking keynote presentations, workshops and activities took place in a relaxed and informal environment, where delegates had plenty of time to network with industry colleagues.
Courtesy of leading trade newsletter Outdoor i, a comprehensive review of the event (which appeared in the latest issue) is now on the OIA website.
Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2017 - early booking discount ends today!
There are just four months to go until this year’s show, which is will take place 11th to 13th July at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. OIA members have until the end of today (31st March) to book their stand at the show at a discounted rate.
Following finalist products being on display to 50,000 consumers at The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show and a well-received public vote, the winners of this year’s UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced earlier this month at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner in Harrogate. Bookings are now open for the 2018 awards!
Following 20 years of operating separately, the ‘Sports Trade Think Tank’ and the ‘Outdoor Think Tank’ events are to be merged and will now work jointly with the OIA on the development and promotion of Think Tank events to members. Future Think Tanks will be known under the new name of ‘Sports and Outdoor Think Tank, in association with the OIA’.
Distinguished creative writer and outdoor filmmaker, Claire Carter, has joined the OIA in a newly created freelance Engagement Officer role that will improve resources for members and help to boost the OIA's overall visibility and marketing activities. Claire's appointment coincides with Andrew Denton taking on a new role - see story below .
It’s Great Out There Coalition appoints Andrew Denton as Secretary General
The It’s Great Out There Coalition has appointed OIA CEO Andrew Denton as its Secretary General. Starting immediately, he will head up the Brussels based International Non Profit Association that will lead a sustained campaign to persuade more people across Europe to participate in outdoor activities.
Following a unanimous acceptance vote from members at the AGM in Harrogate this month, Jackie Bryson (CEO of the Mountain Training Trust and Plas y Brenin) has been confirmed as the latest member to join the OIA Board. Jackie replaces YHA CEO Caroline White, who has stepped down from the OIA board due to her forthcoming retirement from the YHA.
The OIA’s 2017 AGM Report was presented to delegates at the conference earlier this month.
It contains a summary of current membership together with details of our financial progress over the last few years, and highlights key activities of the OIA in the last 12 months. Our Business Plan is featured on the back page, which summarises what we represent and what we do as an Association to promote and support our members.
The OIA & ISPO ACADEMY Announce Dates for the New ‘Outdoors Future Camp’
The OIA has partnered with ISPO ACADEMY to launch Outdoors Future Camp - a new conference and networking event designed to inform, inspire, challenge and bring together the future leaders of the outdoor recreation industries. The event will take place on the 5th and 6th September 2017 in Ecclesall, Sheffield.
Rosker Ltd celebrated the relocation and expansion of its Gosport-based warehouse this month, with a grand opening attended by the entire team, its brand ambassador Alan Hinkes and also the local media. More than doubling its warehouse space, this investment follows several years of strong and continuous growth for the company.
The Home Office has brought to our attention the dangers of the sale of large quantities of Hexamine tablets, which are used in solid fuel stoves, and has requested that we help to build awareness of the potential misuse of this product. An information leaflet (download here) has been produced by The Home Office to provide guidance on this subject and provide advice on how to recognise a suspicious transaction.
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New OIA Members!
We are delighted to welcome the following new member, who joined the OIA this month:
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