With a new northern venue, on new dates and with a new partner… this year’s OTS is set to be bigger and better than ever before
The Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) has been the UK’s largest outdoor industry exhibition since it was launched in 2006, bringing buyers and sellers together under one roof and attracting the key players in the outdoor industry. Every year, OTS hosts around 500 new and existing brands presenting clothing, footwear and accessory products, that sign up to showcase their product ranges to around 1,000 retailers across a variety of markets.
This July, following feedback from exhibitors and visitors last year, the annual exhibition is moving from its original home in Stoneleigh north to EventCity in Manchester for the first time in its history. Taking place on earlier dates of 3-5 July, the show will now also include ROKS, with the aim of creating one national trade show.
OTS Organiser Marta Williams commented: “We have had a fantastic reaction to the new venue so far, with many of last year’s exhibitors having rebooked and some increasing the size of their stands. It’s great to be welcoming a variety of new exhibitors to this year’s show as a result of this too!”
Over 100 companies have already signed up to exhibit, including first time exhibitors such as: Bach, Beal, Berg Outdoor, Blaze Wear, Blundstone, Boreal, Brookite, Craft, Evolve Skateboards, Five Ten, HAIX, Healthy Back Bag Company, Ibex Marina Ropes, Lowe Alpine, Max Fuchs, National Navigation Awards Scheme, OMM, Osprey, Crux & Lightwave, Rubytec, Skinners, Waka Waka and Wilton Bradley (Volkswagen, Urban Beach, Osprey).
OTS 2018 will also see many regular exhibitors moving to Manchester with the show, including: 2pure, Allcord, AMG Group, ASI, BCB Adventure, Buffalo, Buffera, Bradshaw Taylor, Burton McCall, Cadac, Carrot Banana Peach, Cicerone, Citrus-Lime, Coast, Cordee Books and Maps, Craghoppers, Dalesman, Dexshell, Dolomite / Scott Sports, ESS, Falcon Technical, Falke, First Ascent, GP Batteries, Grangers International, Harvey Maps, Helinox, Hi-Tec, HJ Hall, Intelligent Retail, Keeblecare, Keela, Killtec, Ledlenser, Lowa & Tecnica, Lyon Equipment, Maier Sports / Wigwam, Mammut, Meindl & Source, Mountain Boot Company, Mountain King, New Heights, Nikwax Outdoor Innovation, Ortovox, P4 Distribution, Páramo, PJS, Proagencies, Pyramid Travel Products, Regatta Great Outdoors, Ronhill, Hilly & Altra, RUK Sport, Rosker, Sea to Summit, Silva, Snugpak, Sprayway/Oboz/Trekmates, Storm, Summit International, Summit to Eat, Superfeet, Task Force Disribution, Thule, Tilley Endurables, Troll and Vibram.
“With OTS now in its 13th year, the show is well established and popular amongst both retail visitors and manufacturers/distributors, with the whole industry recognising that it is the place to be and not wanting to miss out on a great opportunity to do some serious business,” said Williams. “OTS is the largest UK outdoor show, with a great mixture of brands and now with its Manchester location, it is the ideal platform for retailers to visit a wide variety of customers and discover new brands and products in the market.”
Entrance to OTS is free, includes free on-site parking and couldn’t be easier to get to, thanks to the new venue being centrally located and conveniently close to all transport links. For the latest exhibitor list, floor plans and more information about OTS 2018, visit www.outdoortradeshow.com, follow the show on Twitter (@OTS2018), or like the Outdoor Trade Show page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/OTSshow).
Trade visitors can register to attend the event by filling in a short form on the website, www.outdoortradeshow.com/visitor-registration. Once completed, visitors will receive a confirmation email to print and take along to the show in July, to receive a badge, show guide and free entry.