Thank you for considering membership of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA).
The OIA is a Non-Profit trade association comprised of retailers, distributors, outdoor brands, service providers, NGB's, NGO's and associates. We are a high profile, campaigning organisation that provides leadership, supports and represents the UK outdoor industry and promotes getting active outdoors. We represent the interests of our members and the whole industry which covers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
If you believe that the UK outdoor trade deserves good representation, needs to be ready for the next challenge to hit the industry, and to stand up for your interests, then the OIA membership fee is a very small price to pay for that insurance.
Please join us, encourage others to join and then make the most of it - get involved in some of our projects and initiatives and come along to our events to network with industry colleagues.
why join the OIA?
The OIA is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) – which means it does not make a profit, the board of directors are volunteers and your membership donations can be taken against tax. We are a high profile, campaigning organisation that provides leadership and promotes the outdoors, persuasively representing the industries’ interests in all activities at every level.
We invest our funds into not only securing direct membership benefits for your business but also undertaking key activities to support the outdoor sector as a whole, such as:
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.
JD Outdoor are proud to sit on the board of the OIA – we invest time and resource into it and believe it helps pull the industry together and speak with a louder voice than even JD Outdoor Group could alone. We encourage our suppliers to give something back and support the work the OIA does for the industry.
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 joined OIA following the outstanding OIA conference, which was one of those events that anyone with any interest in the outdoor industry would want to attend and be part of. We were enormously impressed by the vibrancy and atmosphere.
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.