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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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Berghaus ready to spend

Friday, 27 February 2015 9:00

Berghaus is set to drop the flag on a major promotional consumer campaign ahead of the integration of brasher footwear into the Berghaus range. 

Early closing for OIA

Friday, 20 February 2015 7:00

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has put up the house full shutters following an announcement that with a month still to go until the event takes place, its AGM and Conference is now sold out. 


Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:00

Distributor, TKC Sales, has been the subject of a management buyout, which sees current Managing Director, Matt Woodruffe and Finance Director Paul Wearmouth  take over the business. 

KORS and ROKS working together?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:00

The organisers of the Kendal Outdoor Retail Show (KORS) and the Real Outdoor Kit Show (ROKS)  may be moving closer to some sort of  tie up,

Burtons take a bow

Friday, 13 February 2015 15:00

Outdoor and ski business, Man ‘O’ Leisure has been sold to new owners.  Owned and operated for the past 30 years by husband and wife team Geoff and Sally Burton, the west country based business has been acquired by property investor, John Whitfield.

Craigdon sells two shops?

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 12:00

OCC Outdoor has received an unconfirmed report that Scottish retailer, Craigdon Mountain Sports, has sold two of its branches. 

Cotswold signs up National Trust

Monday, 19 January 2015 9:00

The National Trust has become the latest organisation to appoint Cotswold Outdoor as its official outdoor retailer. 

Shows are looking up

Thursday, 8 January 2015 9:00

The 2015 show season looks set for a blistering start with organisers reporting a big take up in space bookings.

Christmas brings patchy results for Indies

Monday, 5 January 2015 15:00

Outdoor independent retailers have reported a flat Christmas with only a handful appearing to see any improvement in trade compared to the same period in 2013. 

24 hours and counting

Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:00

The OIA is reminding those planning to attend the 2015 Conference and AGM scheduled for March 16th-17th that tomorrow is the deadline for taking advantage of the early bird discount of 5%.