OIA BREXIT Forum – 8th November 2018

With BREXIT just around the corner and the prospect of a WTO or ‘no deal’ looming over the UK, what does this all mean for the outdoor industry?

To some degree, for better or worse, BREXIT will impact trade and distribution, have implications on policy and will ultimately affect both the UK and European economies.

The OIA has secured two leading experts on the issue, Mark Essex from KPMG and John Foster from Confederation of British Industry (CBI), to update members with the most up-to-date insights and conduct a comprehensive Q & A session.

The event is taking place on the 8th November at the Headquarters of Merrell Europe, King’s Cross, London. Delegate places are limited and are only available to current members of the OIA at this time. If you’re interested in booking a place for either yourself or a colleague, please email bookings@theoia.co.uk.

The event will start at 12:00 with a networking finger buffet lunch and will finish by 16:00.


Mark Essex – Director of Public Policy at KPMG

Mark has been thinking about Brexit for two years. The result was no surprise to him. On March 1, 2016, he published his forecast: A vote to leave of between 51% and 53%. Mark now leads an intelligence team which analyses the impact of Vote Leave on business.

A relentless optimist, Mark is determined to originate upsides from the referendum result. Mark uses cross-sector experience and original thinking to publish on a broad range of topics focussed on original business models. These include “Brexit, a perspective on bilateral negotiations”, “the Future of the Grocer”, “Reimagine Care”, “Reimagine Feeding Families” and “Healthcare: A timely strategy for Hospitals to manage demand”.


John Foster – Director of Campaigns at CBI

John leads on the CBI’s political engagement, policy coordination and the organisation’s work on the EU negotiations and Value of Business campaign. John joined the CBI in August 2015 as the Head of the CBI’s flagship campaign on public trust, the Great Business Debate before moving to become the CBI’s Head of Campaigns in June 2016.

Prior to joining the CBI, John worked as a Special Adviser in the Coalition Government, including as Director of Policy Implementation and Innovation for the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as well as in the Treasury as a Special Adviser to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Sir Danny Alexander.



Merrell/Wolverine Europe
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Kings Cross,
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