BIBA have expressed their regret as they announced that their 2020 exhibition would not go ahead. The decision comes as the organisation noted that an event on this scale would go against Government advice to avoid mass gatherings.
In the below press statement, BIBA says it is the health of the thousands of delegates and exhibitors who would normally attend this highlight of the broking calendar that needs to be considered.
BIBA 2020 Press Statement
With great regret the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has had to cancel its 2020 Conference & Exhibition. The event was due to be held in Manchester Central on 13 and 14 May 2020.
In a statement the organisation said:
“We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment to all of those involved, including our sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers, delegates and speakers. Indeed we, and the whole insurance sector, will miss the 2020 event. We would like to sincerely thank all those involved for their support.
We have not taken this decision lightly. The cancellation is however necessary for reasons which we are sure you will appreciate, and which are beyond our control. Since the seriousness of the spread of Coronavirus became apparent, we have hoped that its trajectory would be such that BIBA 2020 would not be affected. It is clear now that this is not the case and we cannot, proceed with the event, particularly in circumstances that would put the health of many thousands of people at risk and be contrary to the Government’s advice to avoid mass gatherings.
In addition, the developments in the last few days mean that we cannot guarantee the one thing that our exhibitors trust us above all else to deliver – namely a large-scale, high quality event where business gets done.
We are immensely grateful for the support that our exhibitors have already shown us.
We are contacting each of our exhibitors and are also contacting all of our delegates. We are fully committed to continuing to serve our members and to campaign on issues for the good of the whole insurance sector including managing, in insurance terms, the current health crisis the world is facing.
We hope to see you at BIBA 2021 which we will work to make even better than before.”