The Personal Finance Society (PFS) will consolidate its four
national conferences into one major event next year as part of its
strategy to vary its professional development programme to meet the
ongoing needs of a broader membership base of 37,000 financial
The PFS's 2016 National Financial Planning
Symposiums already constitute the biggest gathering of advice
professionals, with the 2017 single event expected to become the
biggest conference hosted by the PFS in its history.
Plans are under way to host more than 3,000
delegates and 150 exhibitors at the festival of personal finance
and financial planning, to be held at Birmingham's National
Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 7th - 8th November 2017.
The first details of the event were revealed to
PFS members in Newport on 10th November, at the first of four
National Financial Planning Symposiums to be hosted by the
professional body this month.
PFS chief executive Keith Richards said next
year's event would offer an insightful and tailorable programme of
workshops, panel discussions and keynote speakers, catering to the
interests of the full cross-section of the advice profession.
"Next year's festival will be the Personal
Finance Society's biggest ever event, and the biggest conference in
the financial services calendar," he said.
"The event will offer members across the country
an opportunity to come together in one place to network, share
ideas and hear from experts across a range of sectors and areas of
More than 2,000 delegates are registered to
attend four Symposiums being held this month in Edinburgh, London,
Birmingham and Newport.
More than 400 delegates attended the first
Symposium in Newport on Thursday, hearing from the PFS's chief
executive and president, a range of subject matter experts, as well
as award winning actor, business coach and keynote speaker Ian
Hughes, who drew on the Shakespearean theme by explaining the power
Mandy Hickson closed the day by delivering an
inspirational presentation on the importance of teamwork, based on
her experience serving with the Royal Air Force in Iraq.
The next Symposium will be held in Edinburgh on
16th November, followed by London (Wembley Stadium) on 24th
November and finally Birmingham on 29th November.