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: www.runningindustryalliance.com/foundation-members/
THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR EXPO
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.
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.
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.
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’.
By coming together, we have become a really strong voice in the development of the Government’s new sporting strategy.
Congratulations on an extremely well-run conference. I personally thought that the venue was fantastic, and the morning’s keynote speakers on Tuesday of the highest caliber. Thanks as well for allowing OSV the opportunity to present the French market to OIA UK members.
The industry is not just about the big guys, we need to represent the rank and file of our industry because the independent retailer is absolutely essential for the survival of our business.
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.
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.