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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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Mystery surrounds Powertraveller change

Monday, 3 August 2015 7:00

Ten years after setting up the award winning business Powertraveller, CEO Jerry Ranger (pictured) has announced that he is step down.

Rosker and GSI part after 30 plus years

Thursday, 30 July 2015 7:00

Rosker has resigned the distribution of the GSI range of canteen ware. The south coast distributor’s decision came after the US brand announced its plans to produce a range of LP gas stoves, resulting in a possible clash with another Rosker client, Primus. 

OutDoor show stutters

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:00

A final report from the organisers of the Friedrichshafen OutDoor show, which closed its doors last week, has revealed that for the first time in eight years visitors numbers fell.

The son rises in Scotland

Monday, 13 July 2015 7:00

Bahram Golzari, founder of camping brand, Highlander, has stepped down from his role as MD. Golzari announced his decision at an event held to celebrate the company’s 30th birthday.

Outdoor world on the way to Sheffield

Thursday, 2 July 2015 7:00

The Outdoor Summit, this year to be hosted in Sheffield by the OIA, may be on course to be the most successful yet. 

Two settle their differences

Monday, 29 June 2015 7:00

Performance fabric giant, Polartec, has settled its legal dispute with Italian rival Pontetorto. Polartec filed a suit in a German court last year in respect of claimed infringements of its patents.

Sealskinz to end UK production

Thursday, 25 June 2015 7:00

Waterproof accessory maker Sealskinz is to end production in the UK. Although moves are still in the early stages OCC Outdoor has received confirmation that the company, which has operated from Kings Lynn for more than a decade, is to go ahead and relocate production to Bulgaria.

Satmap comes home

Monday, 22 June 2015 11:00

Global positioning and mapping specialists, Satmap, is repatriating its manufacturing to the UK for future products. 

Australians make surprise move

Friday, 5 June 2015 7:00

The Australian owners of the Sea to Summit accessory brand have announced that from January next year distribution will be handled by The Mountain Boot Company. 

Cotswold owner buys Snow and Rock

Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:00

Following the decision of insurance company, Legal and General, to wind up its venture capital operation, LGV, retailer Snow and Rock has been sold to Cotswold Outdoor owners AS Adventure.