The beautiful city of Edinburgh forms the attractive backdrop to Biba's 22nd annual conference, which has at its heart the theme of Building the New Profession.
This year's conference is certain to be a milestone as delegates confront head on the exciting challenges facing the broking industry.
The year 2000 should see the repeal of the Insurance Brokers Registration Act and the start of regulation by the non-statutory General Insurance Standards Council.
There is also the question of professional status for brokers, represented by the title of Chartered Insurance Broker.
Biba chairman Simon Bolam believes it is imperative that formal professional status is achieved as regulators and the public are demanding much higher standards of professionalism from brokers.
Further change is also being forced by the growth of e-commerce and the large number of new virtual intermediaries competing for business.
The conference promises a wider perspective on the question of chartered status and its implications, through an address by radio psychologist Dr Anthony Clare. And Olympic sprinter Roger Black will give what promises to be an inspirational talk on what makes up the mindset of a champion.
Under the banner of Building the New Profession, the conference hopes to provide a coherent plan for the way forward.
|Business Programme Day One|
|Friday 14 April|
|8.30||Registration and Exhibition|
|09.30 – 09.45||Building the New Profession|
|Simon Bolam, Chairman, BIBA|
|09.45 – 09.50||Opportunity Knocks – Will You|
|Mike Williams, Chief Executive,|
|09.50 – 10.50||Psychology of a Professional|
|Professor Anthony Clare|
|10.50 – 11.30||Tea and coffee break|
|11.40 – 12.40||Insurance Debate|
|12.45 – 14.05||Lunch|
|14.15 – 15.05||The Marketing Jungle seminars|
|15.10 – 15.40||Tea and coffee break|
|15.50 – 16.40||The New Practicalities seminars|
|16.45 – 17.35||Partnerships for Profit seminars|
|Business Programme Day Two|
|Saturday 15 April|
|09.30 – 10.20||The Mindset of a Champion|
|Roger Black MBE|
|10.25 – 11.15||Beyond the Insurance|
|11.15 – 11.45||Tea and coffee break|
|11.55 – 12.45||Communicating Professionalism|
|12.45 – 13.00||Conference close|
|13.00 – 14.30||Lunch|
|Companies exhibiting at the conference|
|AIG Europe (UK) Ltd||Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SA||Iron Trades|
|Axa Insurance||Cover.Net with IT Direct||Legal & General|
|Albion Insurance Company||Crawford & Company||Lloyd's|
|Alexander Forbes Risk Services||Cunningham Ellis & Buckle||McLarens Toplis|
|Angel Assistance||DAS Legal Expenses||NCM Credit Insurance|
|Assitalia UK||Dickson Manchester Underwriting||Norwich Union|
|Balcombe Group Plc||Eastgate Assistance||Professional Broking|
|Boncaster||FirstCity Insurance Brokers||Royal & SunAlliance|
|CNA||Fusion Underwriting Services||Singer & Friedlander Insurance Finance|
|Camberford Law Plc||GAB Robins||Standard & Poor's Insurance Ratings|
|Chartered Insurance Institute||HSB Haughton Engineering||The Broker Network|
|The Insurance Charities||Insurance Age||The Research Department|
|Chartwell Underwriting||Insurance Times||Transamerica Insurance Finance Company|