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OTS Winter show on the cards

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Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) organiser MCS is in negotiations with the Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) to discuss the concept of a dedicated OTS Winter show to run alongside Slide in 2021.

The SIGB was formed in 1987 and has presented its Trade Show – Slide – for the past 33 years as the UK’s only trade show specialising in snow sport, providing a launch platform for brands to present the latest ski and snowboard hardware, clothing and accessory products to key retail buyers.

Taking place in late January at Telford Exhibition Centre just before the ISPO show in Germany, it is timed so that outdoor brands can showcase winter ranges to the UK trade.

The concept for 2021 would be to secure dedicated exhibition space exclusively for outdoor brands alongside the designated area occupied by Slide with a view to developing a longer term formal collaboration which satisfies the needs and embraces the requirements of both elements of the trade.

Bringing together both ‘Snowsports’ and ‘Outdoor’ would provide an opportunity for a combined UK winter show makes would arguably be more cost effective and time efficient for brands and buyers alike.

Many outdoor brands have both Spring and Autumn ranges and the facility to present these ranges independently in the UK in an outdoor winter environment will have strong appeal to the trade.

Feedback and discussions are on-going with a view to concluding plans and making a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

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