Following the success and exposure that the inaugural UK Outdoor Industry Awards received last year, the search is back to find the next product of the year!
There are now just over two weeks left for brands to be in with a chance of winning – the 2017 UK Outdoor Industry Awards are open to entries from brands across the outdoor industry until Wednesday 10th August. The entry form can be downloaded at www.outdoorindustriesassocation.co.uk/awards.
Last year, the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA), in association with the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, successfully launched the awards, and following the same format this year, all products entered will be displayed at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2016), the UK’s largest outdoor trade exhibition, in September (7th & 8th) 2016, a panel of expert judges, as well as registered visitors, will select a maximum of three finalists from each category. The finalist products will then be displayed within a dedicated area at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in February (16th – 19th) 2017, allowing consumers to vote for their favourites in person, as well as online.
Last year, over 100 entries across the ten categories were received, with the panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists), eventually proclaiming Frio’s Zipper Cooling Wallet as the overall ‘product of the year’ at the OIA Conference in March 2016.
The cost to enter a product into the UK Outdoor Industry Awards is £160 per entry for OIA Members, OTS 2016 exhibitors and Telegraph Outdoor Show 2017 exhibitors. The cost for any non-members/non-exhibitors will be £200. Award categories include Accessories, Backpacks/Travel Luggage/Bags, Camping Equipment, Climbing Equipment, Clothing, Footwear, Sleeping, and Tents/Awnings, Family Products, Digital Products.
For further information and download an entry form, please visit www.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk/awards. For further information about exhibiting at OTS 2016, please contact the show organisers, MCS, on 0161 437 4634 or visit www.outdoortradeshow.com to download the booking form.