By: 26 March 2020
BIBA 2021 date confirmed amid coronavirus pandemic

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has confirmed that its next conference and exhibition in 2021 will be held in Manchester Central on 12 and 13 May.

BIBA was forced to cancel the 2020 event, scheduled to be held on 13 and 14 May, rather than postpone to a later date in the year due to its significant scale and the ongoing nature of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Commenting on the new 2021 date, Steve White, chief executive at BIBA, said: “We know that many people in the sector were, like ourselves at BIBA, hugely disappointed that it proved impossible for us to proceed with BIBA 2020. While we are still working through the implications, I wanted to let you know that pre-planning for 2021 is already underway. We have had many questions about next year’s event, and confirming the date and location now is the right thing to do.”

“I would like to thank all exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers, contractors  and delegates for their understanding and support and we all very much look forward to seeing you back in Manchester next year.”

“Meanwhile, myself and the rest of the BIBA team will continue to provide what guidance we can during these difficult times.”

Other high-profile insurance conferences around the world that have been forced to cancel or postpone during the coronavirus pandemic include RIMS 2020, the risk management society’s annual event that attracts thousands of attendees.

Planning for Airmic 2020 in Edinburgh, scheduled for June, has also been stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.