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BIBA 2019: here’s why you should go

by Heat Recruitment

Heralded by professionals throughout insurance industry as one of the most anticipated events in the UK, BIBA 2019 is finally upon us.

After a highly successful 2018 show which had a clear focus on innovation, the trade body has worked to design an event that will continue to demonstrate how forward-thinking solutions can lead the way in resolving common challenges. This year, the theme of the conference and exhibition organised by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association is ‘Leading the Way’ – delegates at the event can expect a series of insightful talks and hands-on seminars covering the latest issues impacting the insurance broking sector during a time of unprecedented change.

With a fierce talent war gripping the nation, we actively encourage both insurance firms and talented advisers, assistants, consultants, account handlers and executives and fresh graduates to attend events such as BIBA to make those all-important connections. As the industry’s largest event, BIBA 2019 offers a chance for hopeful insurance professionals to get a foot in the door with key industry players and insurance firms to forge relationships with prospective candidates.

Taking place at Manchester Central, the two-day conference and exhibition will further address the potential effects of Brexit, shifts in regulation, increased competition, innovation, and the emerging cyber-threats of the digital age.  Free to attend by all members of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, the show is bringing together a diverse range of speakers including ex-MI5 director general Baroness Manningham-Buller LG DCB and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP.

Delegates also get to hear from Allianz UK chief executive Jon Dye, Zurich UK CEO Tulsi Naidu, Lloyd’s of London boss John Neal,  Aviva UK General Insurance managing director Rob Townend and BIBA deputy chair Julie Page, who is also chief executive of Aon UK, who will be facilitating a panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in the insurance sector.

For our specialist insurance sector recruitment team, events such as BIBA present an opportunity to expand our candidate and client networks and keep a finger on the pulse of the latest industry trends. After all, it’s one thing to read up on sector developments and changes on the horizon online, it’s another to hear the concerns, ideas and strategies of insurance professionals face-to-face.

All it takes is one look around the main exhibition hall to realise what makes the BIBA conference a must-attend in the insurance professionals’ calendar. As well as getting a handle on trends and issues set to impact the insurance market, the event makes for a great place to expand your professional network. According to BIBA, the 2018 conference attracted nearly 5,000 registered brokers and 8,000 registered attendees. What’s more, over 80 per cent of delegates at BIBA 2018 had full responsibility for, or influence over, purchasing decisions and 78 per cent reported getting real business done at the show.

Unlike Vegas, what happens at BIBA shouldn’t stay at the BIBA: following up is key to fostering meaningful relationships and getting the most out of your attendance. Whether it’s clients or candidates, the BIBA conference offers a chance to hear the opinions and ideas of industry professionals external to your office; it’s an opportunity to meet with old contacts and strike up conversation with new key connections. Even if it doesn’t amount to anything in the immediate future, you never know what doors a new contact could open in the future. If you aren’t sure what to look for or where to begin, a quick chat with our specialist insurance recruiters can help to set you on the right path.

And, if you’re late to the BIBA party, it’s a definite must-attend for the 2020 season.

Here at Heat Recruitment, we specialise in hiring for the insurance sector at all levels. If you’re an employer looking for your next hire or a candidate looking for that perfect role in the insurance industry Get in touch

by Dave Bell