The OIA is hosting an exclusive Get Ready for Brexit forum on the 22nd October at the Royal Geographical Society to advise businesses across the whole outdoor sector about preparing for the impact of leaving the EU.

Regardless of OIA membership, the entire event is free to anyone operating in any aspect associated with the outdoor industries and every type of business.

This event is supported by the government’s Get Ready for Brexit department as part of their campaign to help all businesses prepare for the UK’s proposed EU departure on the 31st October.

Full event details and delegate registration is available on a special webpage that has been created for the event, which can be found via the events section of the OIA’s website or by this unique URL

As the Brexit situation develops an array of resources will be added to this webpage as they become available to further aid delegates in navigating this complex period.

The OIA has compiled a range of expert headline speakers covering every aspect of the topic from Politics and Policy, Currency, Tourism, the impact on the entire European outdoor market and everything in between.


  • Mark Essex, Director of Policy, KPMG is to provide an overview of Brexit.
  • Global FX to identify the economic impact and specifically those on currencies and how to mitigate the risks.
  • Arne Strate, Secretary-General, European Outdoor Group will highlight the importance of European industry unity despite the UK leaving the EU.
  • Dan Peck, Principal Consultant, Efficio will discuss the impact on the supply chain and how best to avoid any pitfalls.
  • Kurt Jenson, Director, The Tourism Alliance will establish how the tourism business landscape might be affected.
  • James Allen, former Policy Adviser for a senior Cabinet Minister in the UK Government will guide delegates through the potential political opportunities for the outdoor industries in a post-Brexit world.
  • Oscar White, ex-strategy advisor for Accenture Strategy and was part of a Brexit Leadership Team for a leading UK bank. Oscar will be facilitating and leading a workshop on the day.

Due to the immediate nature of Brexit and closeness of this event to the previously schedule Counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Theft forum, the OIA has decided to merge the two. In addition to the speakers above, Alison Cole, Senior Trademark Attorney at UDL and Jet Doran, Director of Engagement at SnapDragon Monitoring will lead an afternoon session in these critical areas that are greatly impacting trade, brand reputation and customer satisfaction. Further details on this session can be found via