The risk and insurance community will shortly be descending on Birmingham for Airmic's annual conference. When people hear that I grew up in Birmingham the response is not usually one full of enthusiasm! However, Birmingham is a city that is transforming, and there is plenty to do. Here are a few tips for our delegates to make the most of their time here.
- Enjoy the food
Birmingham is notorious for its curries. My high-end recommendation is Lasan. However, if you are looking for a traditional Birmingham Balti then head to Al Frash in the Balti Triangle. If you after something less spicy the Michelin-starred Simpsons or the lovely Opus are a five-minute drive from the ICC.
- Take in the view
For those who prefer sleep to the charity fun run, I'd suggest at least getting outside once and visiting the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. It's only 50 paces from the ICC but feels much further thanks to the dense planting of flowers, fruits and vegetables.
- Absorb some culture
When you step outside the ICC you are immediately faced with the famous canal system and endless bars of Brindleyplace. However, within a few minutes' walk you'll reach the Ikon gallery, a must-see contemporary art venue. Unbelievably, its free to attend. The café is also one of the more peaceful places to eat nearby too.
- Catch up over a glass of wine
Whilst I don't recommend doing anything that will affect your concentration at the conference the next day there is a decent nightlife scene in Birmingham. The Brindley Place and Mailbox bars are walking distance from the ICC and perfect for catching up with old colleagues. Broad Street stays open all night, but can be a little cheesy. I'd recommend heading to the Jam House or Church in the Jewellery Quarter if you're not quite ready to go to bed.
- Learn and network
Of course, The hottest ticket in Birmingham between the 12th and 14th June is without doubt the Airmic conference! With speakers including Andrew Marr, training workshops on the most pressing risk and insurance issues and over 1600 risk professionals to network with, Airmic members will find everything they need for their professional and technical development.
Georgina Oakes is research and development manager at Airmic.