The firm is monitoring the ongoing situation and the potential impact it might have on the UK and its staff

AXA, AXA XL and AXA Partners have pulled out of going to the annual Biba conference this year in May due to concerns about the coronavirus.

It comes as coronavirus cases rise in the UK with 596 now confirmed and the death toll increasing to 10, as well as many businesses have been put on lockdown or adopted remote working strategies. 

A spokesperson for AXA said: “AXA has continued to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation and the potential impacts this may have on the UK and on AXA, our partners, employees and customers.

”In light of this, and after careful consideration, AXA entities in the UK (AXA UK&I, AXA XL and AXA Partners) have decided not to attend the BIBA annual conference this year.

“The BIBA conference is a fantastic event and an important one in our calendar but, given the current situation, we must put the health and wellbeing of our staff, brokers and partners first.

”We will find other ways to engage with brokers and they can be certain of our continued support.

“We believe that this is the right decision to take for the health and wellbeing of our employees, brokers and partners.”