Paul Smith, CEO

Hello all.

Congratulations once again to the IPA Awards winners announced earlier this month at the Awards Reception, hosted by our President, Samantha Keen. I was delighted to attend the reception, meet the winners, many of the nominees, and other attendees from across the insolvency profession in what was also a great opportunity to catch up with contacts. The judges commented how they were struck by the very high standard of entries, making selecting the winners a particular challenge! Read more on the evening here.

The IPA hosted the 14th Personal Insolvency Conference in Manchester last month. Given the economic factors affecting the personal insolvency sector at the moment, the content of this year’s conference was particularly broad, with many different points of view voiced from both speakers and delegates. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the day. Read more here.

Working with the President, the IPA recently selected Turn2us as the IPA’s new charity partner. Connor Moore, Head of Philanthropy at the charity, delivered a session at the Personal Insolvency Conference to introduce delegates to the work this long-standing charity does in fighting poverty across the UK. Turn2us provide useful tools such as their benefits calculator, helpline, grant search and direct financial support. We have certainly chosen the right charity to support as we head into 2023. We hope you will all join in our fundraising challenges in the new year.

Looking to 2023 and in response to enquiries we have received, the next IPA Learning module is now available for booking and will cover all things insurance and how best to leverage it to minimise risk in your business. The module will consider areas including activity cover, asset cover and pre-appointment insurance. These IPA Learning modules continue to be popular, and I would advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Read more on the module and book here.

Working with the Insolvency Service, EY and other experts in the field, our next event will be focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession, and will be held on 8th February. The event will be focused on the future of the profession, and will aim to give you ideas and tools to implement in your own businesses to help attract talent from all backgrounds to the profession, as well as retaining that talent going forward. Look out for further communication on this early in the New Year.

The IPA AGM and Conference will take place on 27th April when Paul Davis will succeed Samantha Keen as President of the IPA. We had a very successful event last year and look forward to what’s in store for the 2023 Conference. Reserve your place ahead of time with special early bird booking rates that apply until 15th January. I look forward to an event covering the myriad issues facing our profession with a wide range of top-class speakers. Take advantage of the offer and book your place here.

Best wishes for the festive period and the new year to you all. This has been a challenging year to say the least – I hope you enjoy a well-deserved break and return in January happy, healthy and refreshed. See you in 2023!