BIBA Theme for 2018 is Innovate, Evolve and Thrive

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) announced ‘Innovate Evolve Thrive’ as the theme for its 2018 Conference & Exhibition to be held at Manchester Central on May 16 & 17.

Building on last year’s theme of ‘Connections’, BIBA is keen to explore the world of insurance innovation as InsurTech establishes itself as the most eagerly anticipated opportunity in insurance product development and delivery for many years.

BIBA sees many positives in this evolution: ‘Taking a broader perspective on change, we see tech-driven solutions as ‘enablers’, allowing both brokers and customers to take advantage of faster delivery models and greater consumer freedom from a more personalised approach to insurance cover’ said Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive.

White added: Though the 2018 conference will develop ideas around innovation all brokers will be able to come back from the show – Europe’s largest insurance broking event, with more than 7000 visitors and 200+ stands – with new contacts, ideas and business opportunities unavailable anywhere else.

Keynote speakers include Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the FCA, and Inga Beale DBE, Lloyd’s chief executive and CII president. Also on the speaker list is Baroness Martha Lane Fox of Soho, founder of lastminute.com, and Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and social media star who will talk about his time in the International Space Station.

The 2018 BIBA Conference & Exhibition returns to Manchester, a very popular choice of venue with exhibitors and delegates.  The central location, with access to a wide range of hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, becomes the home of the UK’s insurance sector in May.

Looking for accommodation for BIBA 2018? The Midland Hotel is right next door to the Manchester Central venue, and other hotels within walking distance include the Premier Inn, Lower Mosley Street and Radisson Blu on Peter Street, which has overnight car parking located nearby. Malmaison is just a couple of Metrolink stops away and the Hilton Deansgate offers impressive views, as well as being close to the Conference venue.

Lindsay Campbell, BIBA’s Conference Organiser, added ‘As always we are looking at ways in which the conference programme can reflect the theme, so expect to see sessions on innovation and creativity. And once again we will be developing a full conference programme for young brokers. Young Broker Day has become an established part of the conference mix and is open to all BIBA member brokers aged 30 or younger.’

To visit the conference website, please go to www.biba2018.co.uk

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