With so many changes forecast in insurance, from a wide range of technological aspects to legal developments, the volunteer local insurance institutes in the northwest came together with Kennedys to host a special CPD conference.
In late September, more than 100 local brokers, claims personnel and underwriters packed into the Barton Grange Hotel in Preston for a full day of topical presentations and interactive sessions.
The day started with a lively session on motor from Niall Edwards from Kennedys discussing litigation and Simon Baker from AXA Insurance providing an update on driverless cars.
A session followed from Richard Tyler, former West End leading man and now motivational speaker, had delegates singing-¦ yes, singing. After a group song to boost confidence, some of the delegates even did solos and demonstrated how you can always look at a challenging situation positively, and we can do better than we did yesterday.
The afternoon sessions offered a mixture of topics including a cybercrime awareness session from Edward Whittingham at the Business Fraud Prevention Partnership. The day ended on a serious note, analysing how crash investigation techniques are developing, with Paul Fidler from GBB.
Following its success, the next conference is now in planning for 2018, by the volunteer local insurance institutes covering Blackburn and Burnley, Bolton, Kendal, Preston and Blackpool and North Merseyside. Future local CPD events can be found on their websites, which follow this pattern: www.cii.co.uk/nameofplace