The British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) has announced it has cancelled its 2020 Conference and Exhibition, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Organisers of the event, which was set to take place in Manchester Central on 13 and 14 May 2020, released a statement which 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.”
The organisers of the event went on to thank everyone involved “for their support.”
The statement added: “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.”
It concluded: “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.”
Organisers said they are “immensely grateful” for the support that exhibitors have shown them.