A note from our editor Siân Barton

Connection is at the heart of what brokers do. At its core broking is a relationships business and this year, with lockdown and social distancing and the difficulties of meeting face-to-face, it has been harder than normal to keep those links of partnership and friendship strong. But, these connections are more important than ever.

That is why Insurance Age has developed the Broker Exchange.

The week-long virtual event has been created to help brokers gather and discuss the key issue hitting the sector and help the market find solutions to day-to-day problems.

The Insurance Age team has spent the past few months speaking with brokers about challenges that they are facing and we have developed a programme which, in addition to featuring top industry experts, also offers our readers the chance to get together, share their concerns and solve industry-wide issues together.

I won’t list all the topics we’re covering throughout Broker Exchange but key questions we’ll seek to answer are:

  • How can we navigate an increasingly hard market?

  • How can I train my staff as WFH becomes the new normal?

  • What are the plans of insurers in 2021 and beyond?

  • How can I understand the mental health impact of Covid-19 and support my teams?

  • How can I maintain and build new relationships?

We’ll be meeting with sector luminaries to get the clearest insight into how the market needs to move forward and highlight the expertise brokers must develop to succeed.

The team here are really excited about the fresh format for the event and we’re looking forward to producing some live TV-style sessions to discuss some of the key topics affecting the industry at the moment. These sessions will be set up to allow live questioning of the panellists by the audience which will certainly result in some exciting content and useful takeaways.

Do sign up (as ever it is free) to take part and support the industry, develop key relationships and learn how to overcome the business issues arising from Covid-19.


Your return on time investment from virtual events

We know there is nothing quite like the feeling of a day out of the office, lanyard in hand, seeing familiar faces on the show-floor and having a productive meeting over a frothy coffee. 

Unfortunately, we aren't in the position to take part in those types of activities at the moment. Although, the show must go on and making/retaining business connections is more important than ever.

Virtual events provide you with the platform to interact and connect. They are an important part of your business strategy, how else would you meet hundreds of your peers and hear from industry professionals who can answer your most pressing questions.

We know we'll meet again in a face-to-face environment, in due course. For now, we ask that you support our virtual endeavours. We build our virtual events to keep your business informed, to keep your conversations going, to support your insurance community to navigate the new normal. 

Here are just some of the reasons to attend our new online event: 

There is no travel required - stay safely at home. 

You choose your participation - take part in live debates, or watch it on-demand at a later date. 

It's cost-effective - we don't charge our attendees, all we present to you is completely free of charge.  

You'll get more for attending - our agenda is built around what brokers need to know now. You'll leave with more than you came with, guaranteed. 

How to cope with the hardening market?

Day 1, live stream panel, 9:15 - 10:00 

Can we hear case studies that we can learn from?

Day 1, workshop 2, 12:30 – 13:30

What is going to happen post-brexit?

Day 5, workshop 1, 12:00 - 13:00

Working from home is difficult. Any tips?

Day 2, workshop 1, 14:00 – 15:00