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    Booth booking for OTS 2023 now open


    Following the success of the 2022 show, preparations are already underway for the next edition of the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), which will be held again at Exhibition Centre Liverpool from June 13-15, 2023. The show is now accepting booking requests from new exhibitors who wish to participate. Prices start ...

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    Visitor registration open for Slide & OTS Winter


    Visitor registration is now open for the U.K. trade show Slide & OTS Winter, which returns to Telford International Centre from Jan. 10-12, 2023. To facilitate access to the show, trade visitors can easily pre-register online on the website. With even more exhibition space this year, a total ...

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    Kathmandu launches in Europe and the UK


    Following an appearance at Paris Fashion Week in late March and a collaboration with renowned Paris retailer Leclaireur to launch its FW 2022 collection, Kathmandu, the New Zealand-based outdoor apparel and gear brand, has now launched country-specific online stores in the U.K., France and Germany, in addition to supplying select ...

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    Jack Wolfskin becomes partner of the Kendal Mountain Festival


    German outdoor company Jack Wolfskin has become a partner sponsor of this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival. The festival is the ultimate social gathering for outdoor enthusiasts, held each year on the edge of the Lake District in the northwest English county of Cumbria. The festival takes place this year from ...

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    Kathmandu announces expansion plans at Paris Fashion Week


    As reported by, New Zealand-based brand Kathmandu has launched dedicated e-commerce sites for Europe, the U.K. and Canada, with plans to expand into the U.S. later this year as well. Kathmandu partnered with Paris-based retailer Leclaireur during Paris Fashion Week to unveil its 2022 fall/winter collection, which will be ...

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    Opening up the Outdoors: A report from the Outdoor Industries Association’s annual gathering


    The British trade body’s Annual General Meeting has been a great indicator of its national waymarks: it marked the speech from the Prime Minister about putting the country into lockdown, it was the first gathering I attended post lockdown, while this week, it marked the death of the monarch – ...

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    Sponsorship: Perhaps this is how it can be most effective?


    Sponsorship can take place in a wide variety of forms, but should usually pay off in terms of marketing targets. Charles Ross shares what he sees as missed sponsorship opportunities in the Outdoor industry, and which have had unexpected success.  He also illustrates that doing the right thing can be all that matters.

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    A colder, darker winter: Reducing energy costs in European retail


    With energy prices skyrocketing and the need to replenish gas reserves before winter, everyone is doing their part, and global energy conservation measures have already been taken in the retail sector. While customer service and satisfaction are top priorities in retail, stakeholders may be reluctant to engage in actions that ...

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    ​10th annual OIA conference features inspiring speaker lineup


    The tenth annual OIA Conference will be held Sept. 7 and 8 in Sheffield, England, at the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria. The list of speakers published by the Outdoor Industries Association around the key theme of “Open up the outdoors for everyone, how our industry can welcome the new, challenge ...

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    More outdoor brands commit to Slide & OTS Winter


    In the second year of the official collaboration between Slide and OTS, more outdoor brands have secured a spot at the 2023 winter edition. Show organizer Lesley Beck commented, “In addition to our returning snowsport and lifestyle brands, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of inquiries coming ...

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    OTS 2022 scores well with visitors and exhibitors


    The three-day Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2022 at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool attracted 829 visitors, a 17 percent increase from the previous year. Interestingly, visitor statistics indicate that buyers are spending more time at the show: A total of 1070 visitors (including repeat visitors) came over the three days, ...

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    ZyroFisher expands existing distribution partnership with Camelbak


    In addition to the existing portfolio of Camelbak’s cycling products, the U.K.-based company ZyroFisher will also distribute Camelbak’s outdoor, running, hiking, tactical and everyday bottles and drinkware products in the U.K. and Ireland starting June 1, 2022. The commercial activities will be overseen by Adrian Davison, senior brand manager at ...

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    Halfords wants to enter second-hand bike business


    According to Retail Gazette, the U.K.’s largest retailer of automotive and cycling products and services, Halfords, has announced plans to sell second-hand bicycles in an effort to enter this increasingly lucrative market. The retailer is offering customers up to £250 (€300) for their used bikes, the report said. Late last ...

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    British retailer Ardblair Sports recruits Hanwag brand manager


    Ardblair Sports Importers Ltd, the British distributor of Leki and Aku, has hired Chris King to replace sales manager Lilian Sullivan, who will leave the company on March 31. King joins from Fenix Outdoor UK Ltd, where he was Hanwag brand manager for the U.K. He will report to Kirsten ...

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    ​U.K. e-tailer stocks Patagonia’s Hike and Trail line

    2022-01-27T16:01:00Z, an online retailer of running, hiking and fitness products headquartered in Shipley, Yorkshire, has entered into a retail partnership with Patagonia for the Californian brand’s Hike and Trail collection. Brett Bannister, managing director of, commented to local news website T&A: “We are hugely excited to have a brand ...

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    ​Finisterre shuns Black Friday to make the outdoors more accessible


    Finisterre, a British outdoor B Corp, will turn Black Friday blue this year. Instead of discounts, the brand will donate £2.50 from every sale from Nov. 26-28 to the Wetsuit Project, which funds alterations to wetsuits to improve accessibility to the ocean. This is one of the new Finisterre Foundation ...

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    Inov-8 supports restoration of peatlands


    Inov-8 will be donating 5 percent of online and in-store sales revenues generated from Nov. 15 to 29 to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, which will use the funds to restore peatlands in and around the U.K.’s Lake District, where the running, hiking and fitness-gear brand is based. For Peat’s Sake, ...

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    ​UK National Snow Show debuts Oct. 23-24


    This weekend (Oct. 23-24), the U.K.’s National Snow Show is set to take place at the NEC in Birmingham. The event organized by Raccoon Events, the company behind the National Running Show and newly launched National Outdoor Expo, claims to be “a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts providing a comprehensive ...

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    PrimaLoft receives Derryck Draper Award for innovation


    PrimaLoft® has received the Derryck Draper Award from the OWPG (Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild) for its innovative and sustainable manufacturing process. The judges highlighted PrimaLoft® P.U.R.E.™ manufacturing technology, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 70 percent during the production process. The award, named in memory ...

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    GFK sees U.K. consumer confidence weakening in September


    In its latest U.K. Consumer Confidence Survey conducted amongst a sample of 2,000 individuals aged 16+, GfK market researchers see significant anxiety about the possible cost of living in the U.K. that leads to a hesitant buying climate and lower expectations for the future. All scores went down, with the ...