International Credit Forum (ICF)
The International Credit Forum has been the leading peer group for credit professionals from International companies since 1998.
International trade in a changing business environment presents specific challenges to businesses. The ICF (International Credit Forum) equips members with the practical tools they need to meet those challenges. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members – this is different to anything you have attended before.
- To exchange experiences and views on issues of common interest
- To share practical ideas that members can implement in their own organisations
- To develop & promote best practice in global credit & risk management in the international community
- To improve knowledge and skills and keep up to date with industry developments
- To connect credit leaders and practitioners with each other and with industry experts.
|It’s different because…
This is not an ad-hoc event with business development aims, but a genuine and lasting community of peers with common interests and goals.
UK meetings are one day starting at 10.00
European meetings are over 2 days starting at 10.00 on day one with a group dinner in the evening. The second day starts at 9am and finishes at lunch time.
Refreshments & lunch are provided.
Meetings are currently being held at different venues across Europe
Challenging and instructive agendas
The Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas, to ensure that sessions are relevant and cover key areas of common interest.
Sessions are delivered through workshops and discussions rather than lecture-style presentations.
We source and invite knowledgeable subject experts in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.
Sample Agenda items from the last 12 months
A regular feature, examining the business culture in a region or country and the challenges of trading there.
Barriers to e-billing adoption when trading internationally, including new EU Directives on VAT.
Hoops & Hurdles
Sharing information on the hidden legislation and business practices encountered when dealing with foreign government agencies.
Membership is open to senior finance & credit professionals from the IT Vendors, Distributors and Service Providers. Membership to attend the International Credit Forum is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.
A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.
Prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves.
Membership covering the European and UK meetings.
Annual subscription £1250
The above subscriptions are subject to VAT where the billing address is in the UK
Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs. Administrative assistance with travel arrangements and hotel bookings is available.
Membership is not just about meetings
We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the International Credit Forum between meetings.
There is an established electronic communications channel for members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other.
All members’ contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting presentations and workshop outputs can also be downloaded.
There is also a LinkedIn Group membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.
What Our Members Say
Through membership of the ICF, my team & I have gained a valuable insight into the core values and principles of our closest peers in the industry. We have shared our own experiences, and drawn from the knowledge of other members, to help guide our decision-making’
At the International Credit Forums, we have engaged in thought-provoking sessions, which delve into the pertinent issues facing any credit department. Some of the topics covered are highly relevant to an International organization. The ICF is not simply focused on classical credit & risk management, but burrows deeper into issues on collections principles, invoicing, taxation & regulation, geographical trade risk, modelling tools, latest technological developments and industry best practice.
The industry by nature, is highly competitive, but that competition is left at the door. The ICF fosters a network where your company is almost irrelevant. One quickly comes to realize, that the atmosphere is open, collaborative, and facilitated by subject matter experts. This ensures engagement from all parties. Unquestionably, you leave every International Credit Forum meeting, having learned something which can be applied to your daily work.
The ICF is much more than just the meetings however. Through social media, the forum website, facilitated question sharing, advice centres with legal agencies and 3rd party receivable agencies, vendor demonstrations, and an exceptional support network, a new member will most certainly enhance their toolkit, for managing their own business’
Jamie Griffin| Sr. Manager, Int’l Credit & Collections | Global Business Services
My involvement with the ICF has given me the tools, knowledge and confidence to elevate my credit department from misunderstood back office obscurity to a front-end commercial function and a recognised and appreciated contributor to growth within the corporation. In my opinion, there is no better experience or real training available today for the hungry credit professional
Colin Byrne MIICM, International Group Credit & Collections Manager, Micro Focus Software (Ireland) Ltd
After joining the ECF/ICF 8 years ago, building an international network of peers in a wide range of companies active in our in our industry has proven most valuable. Especially in situations where one needs practical advice on handling (country)specific issues around credit or collections, it is helped me in finding right way forward.
Petr Van Hanegem, Credit Manager EMEA, Belkin BV
Who We Are
The ICF (International Credit Forum) is operated by Forums International Ltd, a leading provider of the International credit forum and focus groups. Our Forums Team has over 20 years experience of delivering forums and events and have established an enviable reputation throughout the credit profession. FI Ltd currently operate many forums across and within a variety of industries.
Director Laurie Beagle has played a significant role in building the credit community across Europe, and is regularly invited to contribute articles to industry publications, particularly on international matters. In April 2012 Laurie was recognised for his commitment to the credit industry with the CICM’s Meritorious Service Award and is currently the Chair of the CICM Sheffield branch. Laurie is a member of the Advisory Council and in 2016 was elected to the position of Chair of the Executive Board.
Director Lynn Christon has been organising and co-ordinating industry & the International IT credit forum for the last 20 years. She has specialist skills in event organisation and delivery, communication and member relations.
It’s different because…
The Forum sponsors have been carefully selected for the knowledge they can bring to the members and are not permitted to use the meetings as sales opportunities.
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Forum Corporate Partners
Our clients hire us to provide advice on Best Practice and to suggest ways of doing things more effectively and efficiently. Our satisfaction derives from arming our client with the software, tools and support to improve contribution to business performance and the standing of the credit management function within the business.
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