The UK Outdoor Industry Awards was the biggest ever with 120 products entered for the 10 categories. To see all of the 2020 awards finalists, please visit theoia.co.uk/awards. The next stage in the awards will be for the public vote in the new year, online and in-person at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, NEC in February.

Damon Street, Exxel Outdoors (first-time exhibitor and new brands to the UK market) – “Sierra Designs and Kelty are innovative brands that Buyers need to see first-hand. Already hugely successful in the US, OTS has been a great platform for visitors to compare our products to the rest of the market and for us to prove our value. Based on the strong customer feedback and orders placed at the show we’re looking forward to 2020”

 

Adapt Outdoors, Liverpool (Retailer) – “Coming to OTS from an Independent Outdoor Retailer, it is incredible to meet people representing new, up and coming pieces of kit and ideas never seen before in the outdoor industry. To be given the chance to discover and try new products keeps the industry exciting, fresh and gives new brands that next foothold towards growth and creativity.”

 Matt Moore, Proagencies – “At the start of the show we already had more meetings booked than last year and during the show, we had plenty of walk-on customers to keep us all busy. You can really tell that retailers and journalists now know there is now just the one trade show in the UK that they have to attend, plus it’s not often you can look back at a trade show and say that it was fun, there was a great atmosphere!”

 Rik Legge, Boreal – “We were incredibly pleased with the Outdoor Trade show this year, both in terms of the number and quality of our meetings. We look forward to attending again in 2020.”

Dr Gareth Lyons, Criterion Sleeping Bags (first-time exhibitor) – “First-time exhibitor and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the show. It was great to see so many people so passionate about the outdoors. The mix of brands presenting meant there was always something new to see and talk about.”

Martin Bergerud, Petzl UK/Lyon – “Busy, engaging and very worthwhile.”

Steve Walton, 2Pure – “From our side, it was a thrilling couple of days with very positive customer engagement.  The show had a great buzz and the feedback was very positive.  It is great to have a united industry one again”

A follow-up survey will be distributed to all exhibitors and visitors to gain further feedback, and opinions for next year’s show, which will once again offer a fantastic opportunity for retailers and other visitors to see a wide variety of outdoor brands presenting their products.

Further information is available at www.outdoortradeshow.com including a downloadable visitors’ guide.

If you have any questions regarding OTS or the UK Outdoor Industry Awards, please call Dave Bowler at MCS or email david@mcspr.co.uk.