ActSmart is a business support organisation for specialist retailers, supply partners and trade associations and provides a range of benefits for its members and associate partners. Its ‘Take it Outdoors’ retail finance package is specifically aimed at outdoor suppliers and the retail trade and the OIA recognises the services offered by ActSmart and pledges to work closely to help support and promote its services for mutual benefit.
The OIA announced a partnership with Ordnance Survey (OS) in 2016, which has resulted in all elements of the Britain on Foot (BoF) campaign transferred to the OS #GetOutside platform. The move is designed to help the UK outdoor industry reach an even wider audience with positive messages about the benefits of outdoor activities.
Outdoor Military Show
The brainchild of Exeter based Brigantes Consulting and led by ex-marine Matt Williams, the Outdoor Military Show is an annual trade show event which brings together an exclusive collection of outdoor brands which are keen to sell equipment, clothing and footwear directly into the military. The OIA embraces and supports the show, will help to promote it to members and will benefit directly from its success.
Outdoor Trade Show
In a move to further embrace the extraordinary work of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and become more representative of the whole trade, OTS gifted the trade association a share of the show’s ownership in 2016.
SJL Insurance Services
SJL Insurance Services is a professional insurance broker committed to protecting OIA members by offering comprehensive and competitive insurance solutions for all their commercial activities. OIA members can discuss their needs for free, with a thorough, independent review of the current insurance undertaken. The UK is famed for producing, distributing and selling some of the world’s best-loved outdoors products and a commercial insurance policy will cover everything from the stock to the equipment as well as the property, business interruption and cargo whilst in transit. Our aim is to make sure that OIA members are insured correctly should the unthinkable happen. We protect the business you’ve built.
Sports Financial Services
Sports Financial Services helps members to find financial protection for sport and business needs. A range of specialist cover is available, including life insurance, mortgage protection, income protection, critical illness, key person insurance and business loan protection for active outdoor people. OIA members can discuss their personal needs, compare rates on existing policies or discuss tax efficient payment options through your existing company.
Following 20 years of operating separately, the ‘Sports Trade Think Tank’ and the ‘Outdoor Think Tank’ events haven recently been merged, now working jointly with the OIA on the development and promotion of future events to members. These events are known under as ‘Sports and Outdoor Think Tank, in association with the OIA’.
Over the last few years the OIA has grown into one of the most successful National Outdoor Trade Associations in the world. Their policy of concentrating on the really important issues that face the UK industry has been incredibly successful and really demonstrates the vital role that such organisations can play. The EOG is fully supportive of the OIA’s mission and we’ve had the privilege of working closely with the OIA team on both UK, and European wide issues. Irrespective of the current turmoil surrounding the UK’s wish to exit from the European Union, the OIA will continue to be a valuable, core part of the European outdoor industry business.
We talk to each other. We discuss the issues. Genuinely, relationships get built and actions happen and I think that’s to the credit of the OIA for bringing that together.
The industry is not just about the big guys, we need to represent the rank and file of our industry because the independent retailer is absolutely essential for the survival of our business.
The OIA’s annual conference has quickly developed into an essential event on the trade calendar. The international speakers, workshops and networking elements are all of the highest standard and the social side of the conference is also really fun!
The most important aspect of this work (OIA) is the impact it could have on the health of the nation. It could engage people to take part in outdoor activity, including people who might never go to the gym or walk on a football pitch but who will happily go to the park or walk up a mountain.