Newsletter September 2014

Dear colleagues,

Next month, the second European Outdoor Summit will take place, in Tegernsee near Munich, hosted and organised by our partners at the Fachgruppe Outdoor (FGO). Last year’s inaugural event in Stockholm was a big success and our hope is that we can build on that in 2014. Final arrangements for the summit are being made as I write this and it promises a varied and stimulating programme of speakers, workshops and networking. This year, the event will focus on helping us all to prepare our businesses for changes in the future. It will also provide a particular insight into developments in retail, along with valuable insights into the German market and its consumers. There is still time to book your place at the event, on 15th and 16th October, and I highly recommend it to you.

Before I was elected to the role of President at the start of the year, I outlined to EOG members that one of the key goals of the Board was to expand the association’s membership and allow retailers to join. I am pleased that the processes for achieving this objective have now been fully agreed and that the EOG can accept membership applications from the outdoor retail sector. Our industry will face many challenges in the years ahead, which will have an impact on all parts of the trade. Working together in areas of collective interest will help us to achieve our aims of growing outdoor participation and strengthening our sector for the benefit of all.

I hope to see many of you in Tegernsee next month and wish you all a successful autumn and winter.

Rolf Schmid,
President,
European Outdoor Group.

European Outdoor Summit, 15th-16th October, Tegernsee, Germany

Following an excellent first event, the second European Outdoor Summit (EOS) is preparing to once again welcome senior figures from the sector from throughout Europe and further afield. The event will be hosted by our partners at Fachgruppe Outdoor (FGO) and there are some places still available. You can find full details of the programme here and you can register and book your place at the summit here.

Retail Membership

Following the EOG Summer Meeting, the association is now accepting retailers as members. The criteria for joining the EOG are the same for all applicants (whether brands or retailers), who must have a turnover of over €5 million in Europe. A new membership committee has been constituted, which will review every new application and assess whether the company in question shares the same values that all other EOG members commit to. If you would like to know more about joining the EOG, in the first instance please contact info@europeanoutdoorgroup.com.

EOG – A Sustaining Member of EOCA

The EOG is pleased to confirm that it is now a Sustaining Member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). The EOG founded EOCA, which is now a fully independent organisation that supports valuable conservation work, using funds raised from within the European outdoor sector.  EOCA promotes care and respect for wild places and plays a major role in some very significant projects.

Recently, EOCA launched its Sustaining Members concept, with seven organisations committing an extra €10,000 per year for three years to help pay for the running of the association and allow all other funds raised to be invested in projects. The EOG is proud to be Founder and Sustaining Member and continues to actively support the extremely valuable work of EOCA.

Sustainability Presentations from OutDoor

Once again, OutDoor in July was an excellent trade show, when the centre of the global outdoor industry was in Friedrichshafen for a few days. As usual, there were many great new product and marketing developments to admire and there was an increase in visitor numbers compared to 2013.

As well as the 925 exhibitors, the four days of OutDoor boasted an extensive programme of workshops, seminars and briefings on a wide range of issues. The EOG played a full role in the schedule and we put a big focus on sustainability and responsibility in the events that we hosted. One of the most successful of these was the Sustainability Breakfast and you can now download the presentations that were made during that event here.