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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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Members say no to Brexit

Monday, 13 June 2016 8:00

A survey conducted by the Outdoors Industries Association (OIA) among its 205 members, has revealed a majority in favour of remaining in the EU. 

Páramo wins Guardian Sustainable Business Award

Monday, 6 June 2016 7:00

Environmentally driven clothing makers, Páramo, was among those recognised for its work in the area of sustainability at the recent Sustainable Business Awards sponsored by the Guardian newspaper.

Six weeks to save money

Thursday, 2 June 2016 7:00

UK outdoor industry executives planning to attend the 2016 European Outdoor Summit (EOS), which takes place at the end of September in Barcelona, have until the 22nd of July to take advantage of the early bird discount, which involves a saving of almost 20%.

MP praises OIA position on Brexit

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 7:00

Following the decision by the OIA Council to recommend a vote to remain as part of the EU, MP for Penrith and the Borders and Minister for Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart, has declared his support for the suggestion. 

Board votes to stay

Monday, 23 May 2016 12:00

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has published a statement in which its board members* express support for the Remain campaign, ahead of the upcoming EU Referendum. 

Outdoor improves for JD, but not there yet

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 6:00

JD Sports, owner of Blacks, Tiso, Millets and a number of other outdoor retail brands has reported a 23% increase in turnover in the year to January 2016. 

Retailer makes money from disaster

Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:00

Lake district outdoor retailer, Catstycam, has donated more than a thousand pounds to the Ullswater Environment Recovery Fund. 

Black Diamond recalls climbing products

Thursday, 14 April 2016 8:00

Outdoor and Climbing brand, Black Diamond, has issued a recall of a range of climbing products including its Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser Via Ferrata Sets, Index Ascenders, Camalots and Camalot Ultralights. 

Forum to explore ‘Pricing in the Outdoor Market’

Monday, 11 April 2016 9:00

Top lawyer, Adam Collinson, a specialist in competition law, is the key speaker at the next Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) Director’s Forum. 

Magazine sales tumble

Monday, 4 April 2016 11:00

Figures released by the industry body, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), have confirmed that sales of outdoor publications continue to decline as Britain’s two leading paid for walking publications saw their sales shrink by 11% last year.