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.
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.
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.
The most important aspect of this work (OIA) is the impact it could have on the health of the nation. It could engage people to take part in outdoor activity, including people who might never go to the gym or walk on a football pitch but who will happily go to the park or walk up a mountain.
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.