The UK’s largest outdoor industry exhibition, OTS 2017, is all set to host over 500 new and existing brands that have signed up to showcase their product ranges to retailers.
The show has been revamped for this summer’s exhibition, with new dates, new brands, new joint partner (OIA), new layout inside the exhibition halls and more. The latest news, floor plans and booking form are now available to download at www.outdoortradeshow.com.
Visitors can save time by registering online in advance at www.outdoortradeshow.com/visitor-registration.
Commenting on his visit to last year’s show, Matt Hammersley, of Apex Outdoor, said: “It was our first visit to OTS as a store under two years old. We found it very enjoyable, relaxed and we got a chance to see new brands that we don’t normally get to see being a small independent retailer.”
Don Gladstone, Peoplework, said: “As a consultant, OTS is the only show that brings together so many high profile brands under one roof. The show is very well organised and always has an excellent atmosphere.”
Feedback received by exhibitors and a variety of retailers at last year’s event indicated that an earlier show would be preferable and more in-line with order deadlines - so the 2017 show will be taking place in July for the first time in its 12 year history.
Taking place on Tuesday, July 11, to Thursday, July 13, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, many of last year’s exhibitors have rebooked and some have even significantly increased the size of their stands, including Craghoppers, Lyon Equipment, Mountain Boot Company and Regatta.
New exhibitors, looking forward to attending OTS for the first time include: Armadillo Merino, Berghaus, Brand Fusion, Channel Jumper, Dolomite/Scott Running, Freewaters, GP Batteries, Killtec, Jet Press, Jobe Sports, Laundreez, Mammut, Ocean Kayak, Old Town, Orderwise, Ortovox, PJS Wholesale, Ruffwear, Sprayway, Venture Wholesale, Vibram and Vita Energies.
Regular exhibitors, returning to OTS for the 12th year in a row, include: Arctic Fox, Buffera, Burton McCall, Keela, Lyon Equipment, Mycoal, Nikwax, Rosker, Snugpak, Target Dry, Trespass, Vango and Whitby & Co.
The New Brands Area is returning to the show, but will now be positioned next to the display area for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards in Hall 1. The New Brands Area provides smaller brands an opportunity to break into the market and showcase their new products to retailers looking to add to their mix.
The UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2018 (www. outdoortradeshow.com/awards) are also returning to OTS for the third year in a row, all products entered into the awards will be on display for retailers to check out and, for the first time, vote for the most innovative new products to the outdoor market across all ten categories. The finalists will then be announced at the OTS Party, which presents a fantastic networking opportunity for retailers and exhibitors. Tickets are now on sale at www.outdoortradeshow.com/party.
OTS brings buyers and sellers together under one roof and attracts the key players of the outdoor industry, providing a fantastic opportunity for distributors and manufacturers to showcase their new and existing product ranges to over 1,000 retailers. The annual ‘one stop shop’ exhibition also allows retailers across a variety of markets to see a wide variety of brands presenting clothing, footwear and accessory products in the exhibition halls, at the same time as allowing camping retailers to browse through the hundreds of tents and awnings on display outdoors.
For further information, please visit the event’s official website www.outdoortradeshow.com or call the show organisers, MCS on 0161 437 4634.