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What do people say about the OIA?

David Udberg, Outdoor Consultant: "I've watched the new OIA do more in the last 18 months than previous UK trade associations have done in the past 30 years. I urge you to join and support them, do not lose the momentum they are building. Working together for a common cause is vital for the long term health of our industry, so support your national association."

David Rutley MP, Co-Chairman of the Mountaineering & Outdoor Parliamentary Group: "As a keen hill walker and mountaineer myself, I really enjoy working with the OIA. In a few months we have made significant steps toward raising the profile of the Outdoors in Parliament, with two debates on the value and impact of Outdoor Adventure in the UK. I look forward to continuing to work together to raise the profile further and gain support for this important sector in government."

Keith Black, CEO of the Regatta Group: "I'm pleased to see the big steps forward the OIA has taken under the new leadership. The recent announcement of £4.2m of funds to promote outdoor adventure from Government is a huge indication that the voice of the industry is finally being heard."

OutdoorGearCoach Co-Founder, Mary Rose: "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."

Chris Harding, Managing Director of Lowe Alpine: "At Lowe Alpine, we see the OIA as an organisation that is vibrant and relevant for everyone involved in the UK outdoor industry. The annual conference offers a great platform for debate between suppliers, retailers and others to discuss the key issues of the day. It is also an opportunity to listen to speakers from inside and outside the industry, who can both inspire and inform the delegates, helping us all to shape the future of our sector."

Corry Taylor, Managing Director at Bradshaw Taylor Ltd "The OIA's annual conference has quickly developed into an essential event on the trade calendar. The international speakers, workshops and networking elements are all of the highest standard and the social side of the conference is also really fun!"

Julian Peppit, Founder of Buffwear Ltd "Thanks to the OIA member service it is reassuring to know there is someone on the end of a phone to speak to with regard to free practical legal advice on industry and company issues. Fantastic".

Pauline Sanderson, Marketing Manager, Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Centre "Glenmore Lodge joined the OIA not only because it offers practical benefits to business but it also is the only organisation offering an umbrella support to the whole outdoors sector with everybody’s interests at hearts and no private agenda."

Andrew Barker, The North Face Country Manager: "The North Face is fully committed to the development of the outdoor industry in the UK and fully support the OIA in their goals. We're looking forward to forging a long and successful relationship with the OIA as we strive to help others enjoy the outdoors as much as we do."

John Coppock, Director, Itchy Feet: "As a small retailer, I've been happy to re-join the OIA for several reasons: the outdoor industry needs to stick together and being a member is the right thing to do; the OIA has been re-juvenated and has genuinely beneficial plans in the pipeline; and I still find the legal helpline and standard forms very useful."

Matthew Eastlake, Sales and Marketing Director, The Camping and Caravanning Club: "The Camping and Caravanning Club represents nearly 500,000 adults throughout the UK. These are people who regularly engage with the outdoors and their choice of equipment is shaped by factors such as quality, value and suitability for the specific activity.It is also based on the opinions of experts both across the media and throughout retail. The OIA has an important role in ensuring that Manufacturers can compete on a level playing field and as such is the voice of the industry representing their needs and concerns at the highest level. The OIA is also able to listen to consumer, it aims to inform and help establish training standards across the retail sector. The OIA therefore commands all of our support."

Ken Reeve, Buying & Merchandising Director, Cotswold Outdoor: "In addition to all of the practical benefits, the OIA gives us, as an industry, a platform that we can use to speak with one voice that will carry weight because it is truly representative, whether that is lobbying government or promoting training and careers in the outdoors."