IFP Annual Conference 2015
Planning ahead for IFP Conference 2015

You've booked your place at the Financial Planning event of the year, now you just need to ensure you make the most of your time at the conference by planning ahead. 

Here are some pre-conference planning tips along with some useful information.

If you've got any queries or require any further information then please get in touch on 0117 9452470 or email events@financialplanning.org.uk.

What's happening when

By now you should have reviewed the programme and made your session choices but in a nutshell, the key timings you need to know are as follows:

Day 1: Mon 5 Oct

Day 2: Tues 6 Oct

Day 3: Wed 7 Oct

09:45 Accredited Firms session
12:00 Registration opens/lunch/exhibition
13:00 AGM [members only]
13:45 Sessions begin
17:30 Day 1 sessions end
18:30 Welcome evening
08:15 Registration
08:15 Sessions begin
17:00 Day 2 sessions end
19:00 Gala awards evening
08:30 Registration
09:15 Sessions begin
13:15 Conference ends


> View the programme in full

On arrival at Celtic Manor

When you arrive, if you're staying onsite, you can either leave your bags in your car or with the concierge in the Resort Hotel lobby. You will be able to register with the hotel but rooms are unlikely to be ready until 16:00. The IFP Conference Desk is open as per the timings in the programme and when its open you can pick up your badge and conference pack. 


Pre-registration for sessions is now closed. If you did not pre-select your sessions, you should still be able to attend the sessions you want to, however we would appreciate it if you could please wait until pre-registered delegates have taken their seats. 

If you're attending and are pre-registered for the Accredited Firms session at 09:45 on day 1 you'll be able to pick up your delegate pack and badge at the meeting room, prior to the start of the session. See the programme for full details.

Registration opens at 12:00 on day 1, Monday 5 October. The IFP registration desk is located outside the Exhibition Hall on Level C and you can pick up your delegate pack and badge from there. Lunch is served from 12:00 until 13:45 in the exhibition hall.

Actions required
  • Review your booking - make sure it’s all correct and that you are registered for everything you think you should be. In particular, check the accommodation is right - check in/out dates, room type, sharer etc. Also, if you have any special requirements we’ll need to know about these in advance. To help us, if you know you definitely won't be attending certain elements of the conference that you are booked in for, particularly the evenings, then please amend your booking accordingly. It causes us all sorts of problems to have a place set for you at dinner if you're not planning to attend - and it’s a terrible waste too!
  • Download the conference appclick here to find out how & start connecting with the other delegates. You could use it share lifts or even a game of golf for the Sunday.
  • Plan your journey - view the map & directions to Celtic Manor. If you're interested in sharing transfers use the app to get in touch with delegates.
  • Follow the IFP on twitter - @IFP_UK and use #IFPconf. You can share your updates via the app and tweet in one easy step.
  • Pack the right clothes - the dress code for the conference days and welcome evening is smart casual but for the gala evening (Tuesday) its black tie.
  • See who's exhibiting - do a bit of homework so you can plan your time in the exhibition wisely. It’s the perfect time to do your due diligence on the latest products & services. Don't forget, the exhibition isn't open on Wednesday. View this year's exhibitors and sponsors.
  • Want to stay Sunday? At this stage, if you would like to stay on the Sunday please contact the hotel directly. Your name should be in their system already so they can match up your rooms.
Don't forget

There are some things you really don't want to be without during your time at the conference:
  • Business cards
  • Cufflinks for the gents
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Dinner suit or evening dress for ladies
  • Swimming/gym kit
  • Laptop/tablet - there's free WIFI at the Resort.
Hopefully you've got everything you need and we really look forward to seeing you at the conference but if there's anything further you require please get in touch with the IFP events team on 0117 945 2470 or by emailing events@financialplanning.org.uk.