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‘Go UK, Buy UK’ campaign launched to encourage British skiers and snowboarders to buy kit on home soil
‘Go UK, Buy UK’, a new campaign encouraging British skiers and snowboarders to buy their kit and equipment in the UK has been launched by Snowsports Industries of Great Britain (SIGB).
The Go UK, Buy UK campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the benefits associated with buying in-store or online from a UK snowsports retailer, and specifically retailers who are members of SIGB.
Whilst price is a key driver for many purchasers, there is more than just the cost to consider when buying snowsport equipment and clothing, especially as some foreign websites mask their physical location, giving the impression of being UK based.
Why buy in Britain?
1. Sound, clear advice
Buying from UK specialist retailer, especially a member of SIGB, will also ensure you are offered a high level of service and advice. Being able to see, hold and try on kit, especially ski and snowboard hardware and outerwear has no substitute.
2. Comfort and performance
Getting good fitting boots in particular can be a deal breaker in terms of how much you enjoy your skiing or snowboarding holiday. Renting boots can more often than not be a painful gamble, and there really is no substitute to having your own pair. Getting your boots professionally fitted in the UK by an expert who speaks your language and can analyse your feet and the fit of the boots is a vital part of being ready for a snowsports trip.
3. Worry-free warranty
Buying from a UK retailer, customers will avoid potential warranty or customs issues. Warranty claims should be handled by the seller, so any complaint or return is a lot easier when dealing with a UK retailer. Correct binding fitting and adjustment is also important in terms of warranty validity.
4. After sales support
Follow up after-sales, whether it’s boot-fitting adjustments, repairs or maintenance is an important part of any UK specialist shop’s reputation and service standard. Buying at home gives confidence in terms of on-going support.
5. Support the sport
The campaign encourages British skiers and snowboarders to buy in the UK to support the British snowsports industry. British athletes, who did so well in the Sochi Winter Olympics, are helped by a supportive, active trade. The UK snowsport trade has invested over £1.2 million to promote skiing and snowboarding at all levels in the past 20 years.
To support the campaign and ensure you are Buying British, find your nearest SIGB retailer by visiting http://sigb.org.uk/directory/shops
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The SIGB is an organisation that re-invests any profits (from the organisation of Slide) to support its members and, when funds permit, to create programmes to encourage participation in skiing and snowboarding. In the past, SIGB has created or supported both consumer-focussed campaigns to encourage participation in skiing and snowboarding and trade campaigns to drive footfall to and support its members: > read more
The SIGB Ski & Snowboard Test is a trade only test – the on-snow extension of Slide – which takes place in the Italian resort of Pila, in the Aosta Valley.
The 2019 Test dates are 25 February – 1 March, still within the important selling window for 2020 product. Due to demand from suppliers and retailers, the Test will include snowboards as well as skis.
The test includes ski and snowboard hardware plus selected accessories such as helmets, goggles, footbeds and avalanche equipment.
Brands who are SIGB members and exhibit at Slide can attend the Test.
Over 120 testers usually attend from the retail and media sectors, testing around 900 pairs of skis and snowboards, producing over 3,500 individual test results.
The Ski & Snowboard Test provides retailers with a great opportunity for on-snow evaluation, staff training and is a key factor in the order-buying process. For the specialist media, it’s a vital opportunity to prepare their equipment reviews for the following season.
The annual SIGB trade survey provides an accurate overview of the size of the UK snowsport hardware market and a snapshot of the snowsport trade as a whole. The survey has been taking place annually for over fifteen years.
Slide is the annual tradeshow for wintersport activities, owned and controlled by SIGB. Members pay special rates to exhibit at the show and have the ability to influence the future strategy and format of the show at the SIGB AGM, held on the second evening of the show.