From Sunday the 29th of January until Monday the 30th European WBN members converged gen Edinburgh for the annual European WBN conference. Hosted by our gracious Scottish partner Mattioli Woods plc, 104 people enjoyed two days packed with interesting sessions, fantastic dinner, music and a vast abundance of networking. This is the highest ever attendance of professionals to a European WBN meeting.
On arrival to the beautiful Scottish capital the participants where whisked away to the Balmoral Hotel which not only offered a good conference atmosphere but also stunning views of Edinburgh castle. The evening event convened with a typically Scottish dinner sponsored by our long trusted friends of AIG. The round tables were used for many diverse conversations regarding business, the world and Brexit. The official part of the evening was rounded of by the band the “Bags of Rock”, a band dedicated to using the bagpipes to relive songs from the hall of fame of rock.
The second day was packed with sessions of high quality with different WBN Brokers taking the stage. Some of the highlights included:
- Andrew Pipe’s (chief economist of Llyods bank) outlook onto the economical development of the world. The outlook consisted of positive short term effects generated by the politics of Donald Trump but also a long term economic demise should the new US President stick to his daring plans.
- Jason Schupp’s (Head of regulations Zürich) explanation on the requirements of FATCA. This session went into a high level of expertise depth and led to many a discussion.
- An EB acquisition case study with the hosts Mattioli Woods and the HR director of the globally based steel company Tenaris. A company that after a year of WBN service in Scotland, Denmark, Norway and France is already a huge fan of the way we work.
- A session regarding Warranty and Indemnity risk by Christina Uriarte (Leader of technical division of the Spanish WBN member Concentra). This presentation was of such knowledge that it had everyone wide awake despite being at the end of the conference.
Between the sessions there were also breaks built in for networking and specific meeting regarding mutual clients. The biggest opportunity for such networking was the lunch hosted by our sponsor ZURICH.
Once again it proved that many issues are best discussed face-to-face, one of the unique point of WBN and definitely a differentiator to the rest of the Broking World. Many joint prospect possibilities were discussed, so that we can hopefully look forward to a prosperous year all around.
After the kind words of our splendid host Alan Ferguson (Head of Mattioli Wood Employee Benefits). The conference dispensed but with many participants staying on for another night there was enough networking and joint fun to go around throughout the whole evening.
David Morgan Mahto-Schlechtriem