OIA relocates head office to the Lake District

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has announced plans to relocate its head office to Windermere in the Lake District. The move will help substantially reduce the cost base of the OIA and place the association at the heart of the UK outdoor industry.

With effect from 11 April 12th, the OIA office will sit half way between retailers in Ambleside and brands in Kendal, and in the central part of the most visited outdoor destination in the UK. The office allows easy local access to the national rail network, incorporates on site meeting rooms which association members will be able to use, and is surrounded by numerous hotels and B&Bs for visitors who need to stay overnight. In addition, the OIA will be close to the European Outdoor Group base in Kendal, improving the ease with which the two organisations can collaborate.

The existing OIA executive team, Louise Ramsay and Catriona Rice, who are based in the current head office at Ratho, will not be relocating to the Lakes and have elected to stay in Scotland.

Louise Ramsay, OIA communications director, comments:
“While both Catriona and myself have opted to stay in Scotland for family and business reasons, we wish Andrew Denton and the new executive the best of luck with the exciting new initiatives on the horizon for both the outdoor industry at large and the association itself. I would also like to personally to offer my thanks and appreciation to the board, and the members, for all of their support and input over the last three years.”


Corry Taylor, OIA chairman, adds:
“I would like to thank Louise and Catriona for all the hard work that they have undertaken for the OIA. They have both played a pivotal role in transforming the association into a much more dynamic and relevant trade body for the outdoor industry. Louise and Catriona have overseen the development and delivery of some major projects and really helped the OIA to form the platform on which our future plans will be built.

“On behalf of both the OIA board and the members, I thank Louise and Catriona for their invaluable input and wish them both all the very best for the future.”

The new OIA head office will be open in Windermere by 11 April 12th. Chief executive Andrew Denton will run the new executive team to be based there, details of which will be announced in the near future.

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