We have been hosting breakfast briefings and dinners at Searcys 30 | 40 on the top floors of 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) since 2011, and have now hosted more than 60 ‘Breakfasts in the Sky’ 

Our breakfast briefings and evening panel discusions consist of:

  • gathering 12 to 15 director level attendees with the same problem grappling with the same big picture strategic dilemmas, benchmarking responses to current drivers of change or delving deep into practical implementation and operational challenges;

  • a fine breakfast or dinner with inspiring views;

  • a speaker setting the scene with some golden nuggets from their own experience; insight from the chair; finishing with a discussion combing the expertise of the people in the room to deliver those ‘key learnings to take back to the office’.

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"Was a really good event.
The location and food was excellent, and the discussions with other peers resonated with challenges we're facing. I also liked the fact the sponsor didn't do a hard sell on their products and services."

UKGI Lead Business Architect, Zurich Insurance

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"I thought today was a good session, people dotted around the table contributing & good questions to keep discussions going."

Head of IT Business Partner, Digital, Distribution & Investments, Canada Life Limited

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"I really enjoyed the event this morning, a number of 'tracks' were very thought provoking - its especially good to be able to feel comfortable.... to be able to set questions running in the group where one genuinely doesn't have an answer but see how others might tackle it or what they are thinking.. great stuff, would like to see much more on this subject."

Regional IT Category Director EMEA, Aon

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"These events are always interesting and insightful - thanks for the invitation!"

Head of Change & Transformation, Aviva

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"Provided a perfect opportunity for senior colleagues and competitors to share their issues and how they were resolved or mitigated. Outcome is there is: there is no perfect solution, and reliance predominantly should be on our own staff and the technology is the enabler, and shouldn't be the taskmaster."

Chief Operating Officer, Axis Capital

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"Not only was this event highly informative in terms of future learning and knowledge sharing, I found the environment very relaxed and comfortable which was welcomed. I valued the openness of Ian the guest speaker and the ability to talk freely and share stories.
I look forward to more events like this in the future as I will definitely be attending. "

Claims Operations Manager, Generali

"As ever interesting and lively debate on the hot topics of the day. Sharing the experiences we all face in a safe environment helps put the challenges in perspective"

Head of IT and Change Management, Legal & General

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"An interesting and thought provoking event with a great mix of peers from across the industry"

Underwriting and Markets Director, Home & Legacy

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"Really good networking opportunity and quality discussions take place among committed practitioners"

Head of IS, Digital, Distribution & Investments, Canada Life

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