Incisive Media’s Professional Pensions brand has trailblazed the publisher’s return to large-scale events with its marquee events Professional Pensions Live and the UK Pensions Awards.
Both events took place at The Brewery in London on Tuesday, September 14 – the first time these two events have taken place in a live format since 2019.
Professional Pensions Live and the UK Pensions Awards are in the vanguard of Incisive Media’s programme of autumn events as the publisher taps into pent-up demand for hybrid face-to-face and digital events from its financial services, sustainability and technology sectors.
Professional Pensions Live returned to form with a multi-stream hybrid format hosted by broadcasters Nina Hossain and Declan Curry. A phalanx of high-quality speakers were led by pensions minister Guy Opperman and Charles Counsell, chief executive of the Pensions Regulator.
Keenly debated topics included the rollout of the pensions dashboard, the impact of climate change and the ever-changing world of pensions regulation. The conference attracted more than 450 delegates in person and digitally.
PP Live was followed in the evening by the UK Pensions Awards, also returning to The Brewery from a two-year hiatus. More than 500 guests attended the black-tie event, hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse.
Feedback from delegates to PP Live was overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the pent-up demand to return to in-person networking events.
“It was a great event that really stimulated and informed,” said Lendlease UK Pension Trustee’s Alan Gander. His praise was echoed by HGCA Pension Plan Trustees director Gordon Bennett: “I thought it was a really good pensions event with an excellent selection of relevant breakout sessions to choose from.”
The managing director of Incisive Media’s financial bands Kevin Sinclair added: “We thought long and hard about running Professional Pensions Live as a hybrid in-person/digital event. The demand from our clients and audience was overwhelmingly positive and I’m delighted this was reflected in the number of delegates who attended.
“And it was thrilling to be able to celebrate the many successes in the pensions sector at the UK Pensions Awards in-person this year. The ceremony had a real buzz to it and the guests I spoke to were genuinely excited to be able to enjoy a live awards event again.”