Travel risk event might be over, but the journey is just getting started

Whether we are embarking on an epic adventure to explore far-flung corners of the world, or taking the red-eye ‘across the pond’ to seal a business deal, travel is an integral part of our lives.

And one key issue that affects us all, whatever the reason for travelling, is risk. Understanding the risks associated with a particular trip, and how best to prepare for these risks is essential to employees and the companies they work for.

One organisation that understands this sector better than any other, and in particular, travel risk within Higher Education, is McMillan Cooper. Having worked within the sector for than 10 years, founder Ben Cooper has vast experience and knowledge of how any number of issues surrounding travel risk can profoundly impact individual employees, as well as global companies.

One of McMillan Cooper’s central aims has been to engage and inform those people making the decisions on how best to plan for company employees travelling on business, and how best to protect them. That’s why one event in particular, McMillan Cooper’s Education Without Borders, has become a must for travel risk professionals.

This year’s conference, held at the Royal College of Physicians, in November, brought together expert speakers, leading consultants, and blue-chip companies, all with the aim of highlighting and analysing significant risk factors to better prepare travel risk professionals.

Alistair Macdonald, former award-winning BBC reporter, and chairperson of Education Without Borders, introduced the event to delegates, who heard from experts in the fields of safety and security, medicine, and crisis management, to name a few. Some of the largest businesses within the sector were well represented, too, with leading figures from Arthur J Gallagher and International SOS giving presentations.

An important stop along the way

For McMillan Cooper, one of their aims is to stimulate discussion, debate and collaboration within this essential sector. While this year’s Education Without Borders embraces all of these ideals, Ben and his team wanted a platform that would expand ‘the conversation’ within the sector. A regular source that could highlight how the travel-ecosystem works, improving understanding of providers, and ultimately leading to more informed decision-making.

In the lead-up to the conference, McMillan Cooper, began working with a new marketing partner, Communicate Europe, on a class-leading magazine, PEAR Insights. Not only would it raise awareness and encourage synergy, it would act as a valuable communications channel in developing Education Without Borders.

The Communicate team set about creating a high-quality publication, underpinned by flawless editing and stylish design. PEAR Insights assists the globe’s leading travel risk professionals with incisive features, news and opinion articles. The newly-launched magazine was distributed at the recent event, receiving genuine praise and recognition.

Speaking at the conference, editor-in-chief of PEAR Insights, Ben Cooper, said: “This year’s Education Without Borders really couldn’t have gone any better. The feedback from delegates and sponsors has been very positive, especially towards our new magazine PEAR Insights. It is now an important part of our proposition, and we are looking forward to developing the product even further alongside Communicate.”

Find out more about PEAR Insights and Education Without Borders.