UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2019
Making a welcome return to the show for the third year in a row, all of the innovative new outdoor products entered into the 2019 UK Outdoor Industry Awards will be on display in a dedicated area inside the exhibition hall.
The prestigious panel of judges consists of leading experts from the industry, including retailers Steven Reynolds, (International Manager, Bergfreunde), Jamie Shepherd (General Manager, Gaynor Sports), Daniel O’Keefe (Buying & Merchandising Director, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts) and Paul Casey (Managing Director, Hooked On Granite Ltd. T/A Joe Brown Shops and The Climbers Shop), as well as Chris Townsend (Gear Tester, TGO), Rob Ganley (Editor, The Camping & Caravanning Club), Will Renwick (Editor, Outdoors Magic) from the media.
The finalists will be announced at the OTS Party, which presents a fantastic networking opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to get together socially at the end of a hard day of buying and selling.
More information is available here: theoia.co.uk/awards.
The Red Devils dive down OTS 2018
Proudly sponsored by Victorinox, the team will be on the Burton McCall stand (56) during the afternoon. There will be an opportunity to meet the team prior to their outdoor display jump, starting at 6.15pm. The display is open to the public and can be viewed from various vantage points including the EventCity car park. There will be an announcement over the tannoy inside the hall prior to the jump, to make sure everyone who wants to watch makes their way out in plenty of time.
Formed in 1964, The Red Devils, are the official parachute display team of the British Army and The Parachute Regiment. The team is currently 15 men strong – all full time serving paratroopers, who return to combat duties when required during their posting with the team.
OTS Pie & Pint Party (sponsored by Burton McCall)
Grab a pie & a pint, listen to live music, play some fun games and see who makes the finals of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards!
The popular OTS Party is back for 2018! Giving a nod to its new Manchester location, this year’s party takes on a ‘PIE & PINT’ theme and will begin straight after the second day of the show.
Taking place from 6pm till late on Wednesday 4th July in the main foyer at EventCity, The OTS Party is the ideal place to socialise, network and unwind after a busy day’s business.
Tickets, which cost just £12 per person and include food, a drink, entertainment and games as well as a Stanley/CamelBak mug worth over £20, can now be purchased online via outdoortradeshow.com/party.
The OTS Party is the perfect opportunity to relax with colleagues and get acquainted with new contacts, all while enjoying a pie & a pint (or glass of wine if you prefer)! There will also be a live band playing some classic anthems and a choice of GIANT games to keep the fun going. So make sure you come along and bring your customers too!
Everybody who buys a ticket for the OTS Party Will be entered in a raffle to win two tandem parachute jumps with the Red Devils. The lucky winner and a companion will be able to jump with the World famous British Army parachute display team at a later date.
Gift Your Gear @ OTS 2018
Help the next generation find their way outdoors!
There will be a Gift Your Gear collection point in the foyer at the show this year! Throughout July, Gift Your Gear is asking the outdoor industry to donate their unwanted maps and compasses to help the next generation find their way outdoors.
Gift Your Gear founder, Sarah Howcroft said: “We thought OTS would be a great opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to donate any usable items they have, which can be passed on to others via the Gift Your Gear area at the show. We’re specifically focusing on collecting maps and compasses as they’ll be easy for people to transport to the show, but we’ll be happy to welcome larger gear donations too.”
Gift Your Gear is an award winning nationwide initiative that supports community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. It works closely with like-minded outdoor clothing and equipment brands to provide sustainable solutions for returned, unsellable and excess inventory, to ultimately encourage the next generations of outdoor enthusiasts, especially youngsters, to get outdoors. Gift Your Gear has provided hundreds of local, grassroots organisations with outdoor clothing and equipment that has enabled thousands of young people to experience the great outdoors, from hill walking and climbing to camping and biking.
Visit Gift Your Gear in the foyer at OTS 2018, 3rd -5th July at EventCity, Manchester.
Recharge the Outdoors
As part of the GP Batteries Recharge the Outdoors campaign there will be battery recycling bins dotted around the hall at OTS. GP are running a battery amnesty in the hope that visitors to the show will bring used and dead batteries from their home or work with them to recycle and help reduce batteries being sent to landfill. It’s estimated that there are over 180 million batteries in draws and cupboards in UK homes, so it’s likely all visitors will have some hidden away.
More coming soon, watch this space….