Running Alliance

Running Industry Alliance

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) is proud to be working closely with the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA).

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) is an independent National Trade Organisation built for the UK & Ireland Running Industry with the aim to collectively help its Members to drive the Running Industry forward to improve the Sport and Business of Running.

RIA brings together different verticals of the Running Industry, including brands, retailers, events, distributors, media, communities, charities, NGB’s, service providers and suppliers.

The Running Conference by Running Industry Alliance takes place for RIA Members from 10th to 12th December 2023 at Loughborough University.

RIA Members and Alliance Partners can be viewed here:

Go to the website for further details about Running Industry Alliance, The Running Conference and membership details, email or follow the LinkedIn company page.


The OIA is pleased to lend its support to the National Outdoor Expo and help to promote it to members.  The show presents a fabulous opportunity for outdoor brands and retailers to engage directly with consumer audiences.

The National Outdoor Expo is the biggest community meet-up of the year for outdoor enthusiasts and activists, bringing together inspirational speakers, cutting-edge technologies and the best outdoor gear from the leading brands, all under one roof.  Exhibiting at the show could significantly enhance brand visibility, expand customer base, and provides the perfect platform for networking with industry leaders and influencers.

The event expects an annual turnout of over 25,000 attendees, making it a prime opportunity for brand exposure and interactive customer engagement.


Mann Broadbent

Having specialised in insurance for the sports and leisure industry for over 50 years, Mann Broadbent is best placed to help advise on OIA members business insurance and risk management needs. Mann Broadbent will be partnering with the OIA to ensure that members have access to the best advice and deals.

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Ordnance Survey

The OIA announced a partnership with Ordnance Survey (OS) in 2016, which has resulted in all elements of the Britain on Foot (BoF) campaign transferred to the OS #GetOutside platform. The move is designed to help the UK outdoor industry reach an even wider audience with positive messages about the benefits of outdoor activities.

Outdoor Military Show

The brainchild of Exeter based Brigantes Consulting and led by ex-marine Matt Williams, the Outdoor Military Show is an annual trade show event which brings together an exclusive collection of outdoor brands which are keen to sell equipment, clothing and footwear directly into the military.  The OIA embraces and supports the show, will help to promote it to members and will benefit directly from its success.

Outdoor Trade Show

In a move to further embrace the extraordinary work of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and become more representative of the whole trade, OTS gifted the trade association a share of the show’s ownership in 2016.

Sports Financial Services

Sports Financial Services helps members to find financial protection for sport and business needs. A range of specialist cover is available, including life insurance, mortgage protection, income protection, critical illness, key person insurance and business loan protection for active outdoor people. OIA members can discuss their personal needs, compare rates on existing policies or discuss tax efficient payment options through your existing company.

Sport & Outdoor Leaders Forum

Sports & Outdoor Leaders Forum

Following 20 years of operating separately, the ‘Sports Trade Think Tank’ and the ‘Outdoor Think Tank’ events haven recently been merged, now working jointly with the OIA on the development and promotion of future events to members. These events are known under as ‘Sports and Outdoor Think Tank, in association with the OIA’.

Craig Wareham
CEO, ViewRanger

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.