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
8.45 Exhibition opens
09.30 – 10.20 The Mindset of a Champion
  Roger Black MBE
10.25 – 11.15 Beyond the Insurance
  Environment seminars
11.15 – 11.45 Tea and coffee break
11.55 – 12.45 Communicating Professionalism
  Graham Davies
12.45 – 13.00 Conference close
  Simon Bolam
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
CGU Fortis SLE Worldwide
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