05th September 2018
Summer 2018 has been a busy season for the Hawkins’ Marketing Team. Once again, we attended the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce Conference held at the Arena & Convention Centre, Liverpool.
AIRMIC 2018’s ‘The Future Is Now’ theme made it a fantastic opportunity to talk with new and existing clients about the emerging strategies and uses of technology within the industry. The conference welcomed nearly 1800 attendees, including AIRMIC members and representatives from around 400 companies. This year the Hawkins’ team comprised: Dr Andrew Moncrieff, who was kindly invited to participate in a Sedgwick sponsored Q & A session on Spread of Fire in High Rise Buildings; Fire Engineering expert Sarah Hooton; Business Development Manager Graeme Drysdale; and Marketing Specialist Marta Dimitrova.
The “Spread of Fire” panel discussed two well-publicised major losses, The Address Downtown Dubai fire and The Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire, both of which coincidentally occurred on different New Year’s Eves. It would not have been lost on delegates that the Echo Arena loss was located only 20 metres from the conference venue and, though camouflaged, still contained the remains of some 1400 burned out vehicles.
Our Fit-Bit prize was drawn by last year’s winner, Michael Ackerboom of Van Ameyde, and won by Brendan McCullagh of the Irish Electricity Supply Board.
Hawkins also exhibited at the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers Conference, hosted at Manchester University, for the first time this year.
ALARM attracts a diverse range of exhibitors serving the public and local authorities sector which includes “blue light” services, charities and housing associations. ALARM members have access to a variety of guidance and publications in the field, including a Risk Management Tool Kit.
Graeme Drysdale, Hawkins Business Development Manager, was accompanied by a team of top experts to man our stand comprising: Sarah Hooton, a Civil Engineer specialising in Fire Engineering; Richard Keightley, a Hydrologist specialising in flooding and ground water issues; and Rosalind Lambert-Porter, an Acoustics Engineer and Audiologist with the twin specialisms of investigating building related noise and noise-induced hearing losses.
Laurence Bessemer, the Chief Executive of Forum of Insurance Lawyers, kindly agreed to draw our prize and is pictured with Sarah Hooton, Ros Lambert-Porter and Richard Keightley. Jane Cooper of Shropshire County Council won a bottle of champagne.
We were very pleased with footfall to our stand and encouraged by our many new contacts, so much so, that we have booked to exhibit again in 2019.