BIBA reveals 2017 conference theme and venue

It’s widely seen as the biggest event on insurance brokers’ calendar – and now the theme for next year’s show has been announced

Insurance News

By Paul Lucas

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) Conference and Exhibition is widely seen as the biggest event on the calendar for insurance brokers across the UK. This year’s event at Manchester Central, at which Insurance Business UK made its debut, was a huge hit – and plans are already in the works for the 2017 extravaganza.

Today, the theme of the event has been announced as ‘Connections’.

So what is the theme all about? Steve White, BIBA’s chief executive explains.

“We’ve chosen the theme ‘Connections’ to encompass both the challenges we face and the strengths we can demonstrate to succeed as an industry in the foreseeable future,” he said.

“We live in an increasingly inter-connected world. New build houses have the capability to be controlled by their owners wherever they are, cars and other vehicles are developing rapidly with the UK at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution. All of these advances will challenge the insurance sector to solve issues of cover and security.

“Secondly, following the Brexit Referendum decision it is vital for the UK to show the world that we are ‘open for business’. I believe insurance will be one of the pathfinder sectors to our secure trading future. Our connections to multinational insurers, customers and regulators will ensure that Britain still leads the way in the global insurance world.

“Last, but not least, brokers are the most connected players in the sector: our members’ connections in the market and all those involved in delivering insurance solutions are vital in creating and delivering customer value. The BIBA Conference is the perfect place for members to network, meet new connections and re-establish old contacts.”

It has also been revealed that the event will once again take place at Manchester Central, on May 10 and 11.

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