The Channel Islands Funds Forum is the largest funds focussed event run across both Jersey and Guernsey. In 2017, the Forum was produced by BL Events in partnership with PwC in the Channel Islands, with sponsorship from Appleby, JTC Fund Services and Optimus Group, and support from Altair, Puritas and Rossborough Professional Risks.
With such names attached to the forum, it is clearly an extremely high-profile event and that meant we had certain expectations when it came to the choice of location and venue. Capacity was a prime consideration – in 2016 the event attracted more than 150 delegates and we expected figures in 2017 to be higher, so the venue had to be able to hold that number comfortably. Transport links were also a key factor, not only would delegates and speakers have to travel inter-island, but we knew that many would also be coming from the UK and beyond.
Naturally, as a pan-island conference, the first decision to be made was whether Guernsey or Jersey should be selected as the location. While both obviously have their distinct strengths, we felt that there were more flight options to Jersey than Guernsey, which was preferable. Similarly, there was also a slightly larger number of event venues to choose from, which gave a little more flexibility in terms of timing.
As an event organiser, we have held numerous conferences at most of Jersey’s leading venues over the years, and have found the services provided to be of the highest quality. This is both in terms of the venue itself, the conference facilities, as well as catering considerations. The range of options means that conferences of all sizes can be catered for. What’s more, we often hear from delegates and speakers that being situated in the heart of St Helier is convenient for transport links as well as for restaurants and recreation for those staying over.