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Rhinos reliant on thick-skinned old fundraiser

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 0:00

Did you know that at the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos, but by 1970s there were only around 70,000 and in 2017, there are only around 28,000 surviving in the wild? Numbers have dropped dramatically owing to poaching for their horn (utterly useless but valued for its fabled aphrodisiacal properties). Three of the five species are critically endangered.

Dismay as JD tightens grip on outdoor retail

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:55

JD Sports’ acquisition of Go Outdoors has been greeted as unwelcome news by suppliers spoken to by OCC Outdoor. 

Dungan takes reins at OCC Outdoor

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:12

Alibi Publishing, owner of OCC Outdoor, has appointed a new editor for the magazine. Ronnie Dungan took over from editor and founder Simon Baseley at the beginning of December.


Hi-Tec sells to Cherokee

Friday, 2 December 2016 7:00

UK footwear brand has been sold to US licencing business, Cherokee.

JD Sports has acquired retailer Go Outdoors for £112m from its private equity owners

Monday, 28 November 2016 17:00

Under the deal, JD Sports will buy the 58-store chain from YFM Equity Partners and 3i Group. 


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Lowe Alpine to move south?

Thursday, 8 September 2016 0:00

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK has announced that it plans to relocate the creative and design functions of its Lowe Alpine operation in Kendal, to the company’s HQ in Derbyshire.

Rohan sold

Rohan sold

Thursday, 1 September 2016 0:00

Outdoor retailer and brandowner, Rohan, has been sold to H. Young Holdings Ltd. 

Big win for Beeb’s spin off

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 0:00

The organisers of the BBC’s Countryfile Live show, which was held earlier this month, have hailed the inaugural event a huge success after final visitor numbers were confirmed at more than 125,000. 

Levitt next up for Forum

Monday, 15 August 2016 0:00

The latest in the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA)  highly successful series of Director’s Forum will take place on the 7th September at the end of the first day the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2016. 

Climbing lands Olympic first

Friday, 5 August 2016 7:00

After a sustained period of campaigning  stretching back more than 10 years, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that climbing will make its debut at 2020 Tokyo games.

BMC to disappear

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 13:00

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), has announced that it is to change its name to ‘Climb Britain’.

Show keeps ahead as British brand triumphs

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 7:00

The numbers attending the OutDoor Trade Show, which ended last week, were fractionally up on last year.

Industry reacts negatively to Brexit

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 8:00

There has been a widespread and concerned reaction across the outdoor industry to Thursday’s referendum result.

Association moves into show business…again

Friday, 24 June 2016 14:00

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has become one third shareholder in the OutDoor Trade Show (OTS). 

Hi-Tec sale rumours denied

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 6:00

Sources close to UK outdoor and sports footwear business, Hi-Tec, have told OCC Outdoor that the company is in negotiation to sell the business to American clothing and licencing operation, Cherokee.