Planning ahead for the Conference

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 +44 20 7645 0777 or email us

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 3 Oct
10:00 - Exclusive meeting for Accredited Financial Planning FirmsTM
11:45 - Exclusive meeting for Chartered Fellows
12:00 - Registration and lunch / exhibition opens
13:30 - Sessions begin
18:30 - Welcome evening
Day 2: Tue 4 Oct
06:30 - Breakfast opens
08:00 - Sessions begin
12:30-13:30 - Lunch and exibition
19:00 - Gala awards evening
Day 3: Wed 5 Oct
06:30 - Breakfast opens
09:30 - Sessions begin
13:15 - Conference ends

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.
  • Special requirements? 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!
  • 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 CISI on Twitter - @CISI and tweet using #CISIconf. 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) it's 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. 

Important Travel Information

From Monday 12 September to Friday 21 October 2016, the Severn Tunnel will be closed. This means no trains will run between Patchway and the Severn Tunnel Junction; with London services diverted and replacement buses between Newport and Bristol Parkway. To avoid disruption, you may wish to purchase train tickets to Bristol Parkway and arrange for a taxi or minibus for your onward journey.

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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 CISI Financial Planning Conference Desk is open as per the timings in the programme and when it's open you can pick up your badge and conference pack.

About the Celtic Manor

This five star resort has been home to the IFP Conference for the past seven years. It offers high quality conference facilities and accommodation, all under one roof. Feedback from conference delegates has been consistently high. Please note that bedrooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis in the Resort Hotel and Manor House Hotel, there is no difference in price.


The rates showing on the 'rates and bookings' page are not discounted unless stated. The rate you pay on checkout is therefore the discounted rate.
Groups: Discounts are available for groups of 3+ from the same company, see the booking page for details.

Spouses/guests may share a full paying delegate’s accommodation at the conference for an additional charge. To add a spouse you must select one of the shared occupancy options. You will be invited to add a guest.
Spaces at the evening events may be available nearer the conference. To find out more please email or telephone us on +44 20 7645 0777.

The dress code is smart casual for the duration of the conference except for the Gala Evening (Tuesday night) when the dress code is black-tie.

Yes, residents are entitled to use the Resort's facilities. Find out more about what's available.

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

We will be asking you to pre-register for sessions. If details of all the sessions aren't available at the time of booking, we'll remind you to revisit your booking record and make your selections as soon as the full programme is available. You'll be able to change your mind up to a few days before the conference so don't worry about changing your mind.

Accommodation for the nights of 3 and 4 October can only be booked through the CISI.

Yes you can extend your stay. You have the option to add Sunday night accommodation at the time of booking, just change the check in date and the additional amount will be added to your booking. Please note that this accommodation is non-refundable after 1 July 2016.

Please note that for promotional purposes, there will be a professional photographer present throughout the event, at the conference, the exhibition and at the social events. The CISI reserves the right to use any these photographs and footage in future marketing literature and on CISI TV. Should you have any queries please email or telephone +44 20 7645 0777.

For details of hotels near the Celtic Manor Resort, click here.

Parking for conference delegates is free in the outdoor car parks. Parking is also free in the underground car park but you must get your parking ticket validated at reception on departure to avoid having to pay for parking.

All sessions have been accredited as structured CPD in line with the CISI CPD guidelines. All CISI members' CPD will be automatically recorded on their CPD record. Certificates will be emailed out to delegates shortly after the conference.

Please do not hesitate to telephone our team on +44 20 7645 0777 or email us

Don't forget

There are some things you really don't want to be without during your time at the conference:

  • Business cards
  • Cufflinks
  • Mobile phone/ Laptop/ tablet  and chargers! There’s free WIFI at the Resort
  • Dinner suit or evening dress
  • Swimming/gym kit.