Every year in May in an old train station in Manchester thousands of well dressed people gather to what is without a doubt the largest insurance event in the UK and one of the largest in Europe – the BIBA (British Insurance Brokers Association) annual conference.
This year’s event broke several of the conference’s previous records with 8,306 registered attendees, 5,271 registered brokers and 217 stands. Insly had the pleasure of being among the roster of those excellent 217, who came to network, build new relationships, share their views and expertise of the marketplace and just have some plain old fun.
Use of technology was prominent on the agenda next to other hot topics as diverse as Brexit, trends in Commercial / Personal / Specialty lines and Mental Health. From a tech company perspective, the change in attitudes can only be seen as very positive.
Steve White, the CEO of BIBA summed this up well in an interview to Insurance Business Mag: “a little while ago there was a sense of disruption, we were hearing tech companies saying “we’re coming to take your lunch”, but times have moved on. Tech companies realize that brokers have two important things: access to capacity and access to customer and brokers realize that tech firms can help them so the mood is much more collaborative.”
This mood certainly reflects in Insly’s experience from this year’s conference and we’d like to thank all the wonderful people that came by our stand. We’ll be sure to come back next year so look for us then!
Insly’s participation at the BIBA conference May 15-16 2019 was supported by Enterprise Estonia (EAS) with the Foreign Fair Support, project number EU52905. Financial support by EAS was €11,232.42
Enterprise Estonia (EAS)
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