Andrew Denton, CEO, Outdoor Industries Association: “The Outdoor Recreation sector relies on outdoor professionals to teach, support, guide and instruct. They teach us to love the outdoors, keep us safe, inspire us and even rescue us when things go wrong. Of the tens of thousands working in the UK most are freelance or self-employed, all have lost their Easter work and now face losing their spring and even summer work.

The OIA recognises the value of this sector as the bedrock of Outdoor Recreation in the UK. On this page you will find a collection of resources links and news items about them.

We are supporting the work of the Institute of Outdoor Learning here who represent a wide group of mountain professionals and are trying to support a coordinated approach & support for them all. Please go to their website for more resources and information – in addition if you wish to add anything to our site here or message us to pass onto multiple outdoor professional organisations please feel free to contact andrew.denton@theoia.co.uk or we have listed the main players here below to get in touch directly.”

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Stephen Newlands
Managing Director, AMG Group

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.