Booking now open for the OIA Conference & AGM 2018

Booking is now open for next year’s Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) Conference and AGM. Taking place on 14th and 15th March at the Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire, the event will see over 200 delegates gather together for two days of speakers, workshops, outdoor activities and a series of networking opportunities, including the OIA’s annual gala dinner on Wednesday evening, during which the winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards will be announced.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far include Patagonia general manager (EMEA), Ryan Gellert, and Liz McMahon, managing director of the Madison Muir Group and former head of international marketing for the London 2012 Olympic bid. Read More

Primaloft Partners with Victor Capital Partners

PrimaLoft,  a materials science company specialising in advanced branded technical products including insulation, fabric, and yarn for outdoor, fashion, and other industries, has announced the completion of a management-led transaction to recapitalise the business and to help the rapidly growing company invest in innovative technologies to meet growing consumer demand.

The new investor group is led by private equity firm Victor Capital Partners in partnership with the private equity group at Allstate. PrimaLoft management will continue to maintain a significant investment in the business.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More

Columbia Sportswear announced as Presenting Partner of the Kendal Mountain Festival

Columbia Sportswear is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Kendal Mountain Festival as Presenting Sponsor for the event.

The deal gives Columbia the rights to a multi-year partnership with the Kendal Mountain Festival and include a range of activities alongside the provision of clothing and footwear for festival staff and presenters that’s ‘tested tough’ – designed to keep them warm, dry and protected. Read More

Bridgedale backs WWTW’S ‘Walking Home for Christmas’ Campaign

Outdoor performance sock manufacturer, Bridgedale, is encouraging more of us to get out walking in the run up to Christmas, by supporting Walking With The Wounded’s Walking Home For Christmas campaign, to raise money in support of wounded ex-servicemen and women.

The campaign aims to encourage as many people as possible to sign up, donate and walk home for Christmas, during the period between Friday 8 December and Sunday 17 December.  Walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in and do a walk in the hills, around town, on the beach or even just a walk to the shops. Read More

ROKS Merges with OTS

The founders and organisers of the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) have announced that the show will be joining with ROKS from 2018 at a new venue, with a change in dates. The show will now take place at EventCity in Manchester on 3rd-5th July.

The results of trade discussions and feedback from surveys challenged OTS to offer a trade show solution that answered the concerns – the main one being that there are too many shows and roadshows and to try and resolve this by the creation of one show. As a result, negotiations and discussions have taken place with the organisers of both KORS and ROKS that have resulted in ROKS sharing the same objective and deciding to join with OTS in 2018. Read More