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:
By coming together, we have become a really strong voice in the development of the Government’s new sporting strategy.
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.
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 talk to each other. We discuss the issues. Genuinely, relationships get built and actions happen and I think that’s to the credit of the OIA for bringing that together.
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.