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.
In Kind Direct
In February 2018, the OIA announced a new partnership with leading product donation charity In Kind Direct in a bid to tackle waste and deliver high social impact. In Kind Direct distributes new consumer products donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers to charities working in the UK and abroad.
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.
Sports & Outdoor Leaders Forum
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’.
Congratulations on an extremely well-run conference. I personally thought that the venue was fantastic, and the morning’s keynote speakers on Tuesday of the highest caliber. Thanks as well for allowing OSV the opportunity to present the French market to OIA UK members.
The Forestry Commission are an active provider of multiple outdoor recreation projects to increase community participation in outdoor activity – from mountain bike trail centres to guided trail runs, from competitive adventure races to the family Gruffalo trails – we are certain much of our work contributes to the OIA’s mission to ‘Get Britain Active Outdoors’ . The OIA provides great opportunities for us to meet industry colleagues and learn from others. This is why we are members of the OIA, attend the OIA conferences and seminars, and enjoy working together on research and participation development.
If we get more people active outdoors, we will fundamentally change the lives of people in Great Britain.
Greg Mulholland MP
The OIA has become a strong voice and a respected player in the whole agenda of health, well-being and inclusion. It’s great that the OIA is now seen as a voice that needs to be listened to as part of all those agendas.
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.