OIA Conference 2023 ROUNDUP

The OIA’s annual Conference & AGM is a key event in the outdoor industry calendar and a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues. Whether you are from the retail or distribution sector, manufacturing, an education or activity provider, or from the charitable and non-profit sector this is an event you cannot afford to miss!

Our key themes this year were women in leadership, sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

During the two day event we gained insights from influential keynote speakers into key areas that influence the entire industry while having the opportunity to meet like minded delegates from a variety of organisations associated with the outdoor market.  

This year’s event took place at the Drayton Manor Resort, Tamworth. The Conference dates were aligned to give delegates the opportunity to attend the National Outdoor Expo on Saturday 18th March at the NEC. 

Thanks for a well organised and enjoyable event once again. The presentations were all thought provoking but the real magic is the way you could take disparate factors from your business, combine them with a thought provoking presentation and then coalesce them into action when chatting at the networking events. It’s no good just listening and leaving; the conference ought to be a crucible for action.

Chris, Ardblair Sports

This was the first time that British Nordic walking has attended the conference and we can immediately see why membership of the OIA is a great thing for us. We weren’t sure what to expect but, as a CIC with a purpose to get more people enjoying the outdoors safely and responsibly, we believe that we have found our tribe with OIA and would like to make stronger connections within it and continue the conversation.  We mainly attract women over 50, so the focus on women in the outdoors was especially insightful and motivating for us. Equally we are very keen to widen our offer to a more diverse audience and gained the a few key insights to start us on that journey. We felt that there was the right balance between talks and networking opportunities, we enjoyed listening to speakers offering their experiences from grassroots to ministerial perspectives, and we found the organisers and other members very welcoming.

Catherine & Lisa, British Nordic Walking

It was my first time at the OIA conference and I can say that it was well worth it. It was informative and inspirational, really getting conversations going whilst illuminating new ideas and directions for both the industry and brands / companies. The networking and connections made were invaluable.

Steve, Raccoon Media Group


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