The dinner organised each year by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has been put on hold until later in the year, due to the ongoing restrictions to tackle the coronavirus.
This dinner had originally been scheduled to be held on September 17th, but the IMLA has decided to rearrange it for the end of autumn, following the extension of the current coronavirus lockdown. The feeling is that postponing it will allow the virus, and the social distancing regulations that have been put in place to restrict its spread, to pass its peak.
The Marriot Hotel, at Grosvenor Square in London, had been booked as the venue for the dinner and this hotel will still be used for the rescheduled event. The IMLA is stating that its main concern is to ensure that food and drink suppliers, table hosts, sponsors and guests attending the dinner are kept safe and that this made the postponement the most sensible option right now.
Speaking to Mortgage Solutions, Louisa Sedgwick, its chairwoman said:
“While we all hope that the current lockdown restrictions will have been lifted by September, there are still many unknowns and given that we had the opportunity to secure a date a couple of months later, we felt this made sense.”
It will now be taking place on November 17th and she added that she was looking forward to it.
Safety is a prime concern for everyone just now, with mortgage advisors often conducting work and CeMAP courses online for that reason.