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IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum (DRF)

Background

The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum (DRF) was formed in 2003 in conjunction with Graydon. It focuses primarily on credit, collections & risk management and fraud prevention. Aiming to equip members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of a changing business environment, and add value to their roles.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • share experiences and draw on each others’ knowledge
  • develop and enhance best and new practice in credit and risk management
  • improve skill levels
  • provide access to a network of like-minded professionals and relevant industry experts.

It’s different because…

The IT Distribution & Resellers Credit Forum is not an ad-hoc event with business development aims. It is a genuine and lasting community of peers with common interests and goals.

How the forum operates

Meetings

There are 4 IT Distributers & Resellers Credit Forum meetings a year. Each of one-day duration, held at the Stratford Manor Hotel,  Stratford Upon Avon

Meeting Format

The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum meetings start at 09.30 and run through to 15.00 with breaks. Refreshments & lunch are provided. There is an optional group dinner at the hotel the preceding evening.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas in order to ensure that sessions are relevant and cover key areas of common interest.

Interactive delivery

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.

It’s different because…

Meetings are eligible for the CICM’s CPD scheme and attract 6 points.

What to expect

Current membership sample:-

  • Total Computers
  • Exertis
  • CCS Media
  • Hammer Distribution
  • Total Computers
  • Hardware Group
  • Ingram Micro
  • Midwich
  • Northamber
  • Tech Data
  • Wick Hill
  • Zycko

Sample Agenda items from the last 12 months

Sector & Insolvency Updates

Both regular features, providing and analysing recent statistics and examining topical issues of interest.

Fraud in the Order to Cash Cycle

A workshop to plot the key stages in the O2C cycle then drill down into each stage to identify the main fraud risks. Sharing the processes members have in place to counter the risks.

Collections & Recoveries

Pre-legal and legal strategies to maximise recovery of debts, with a vie to building best practice procedures.

It’s different because…

The agenda sessions are drawn directly from suggestions made by members, and are not dictated by either FI Ltd or the sponsors.

Membership Information

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to finance & credit professionals from distributors & resellers in the IT channel, subject to our standard membership terms & conditions.

Fees

Prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves. Thereafter the annual membership fee is £660 and covers all administration and meeting costs.

Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs.

Membership is not just about meetings

We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the Forum between meetings.

There is an established electronic communications channel for  members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other.

drf@forumsinternational.co.uk

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.

A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.

It’s different because…

The membership is a genuine peer group – the forum is not open to non accredited suppliers

What the members say

Good day as always, especially the “People Hacker Session! Thoroughly interesting and thought provoking session.

Kevin Corcoran, Director Credit Services, Techdata

Who We Are

The IT Distributors & Reseller Credit Forum is operated by Forums International Ltd, a leading provider of credit and industry forums 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 9 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. 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 the IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum for the last 20 years. She has specialist skills in event organisation and delivery, communication and member relations.

It’s different because…

Our priority is to correctly interpret members’ objectives and deliver high-quality, valuable forums which offer real benefit.  We believe that we demonstrate our credibility best by doing just that.

Forum Corporate Partners

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Acumen

Acumen is one of the largest independent specialist credit insurance brokers in Europe with over 50 dedicated staff and access to 14 Henderson Group offices.

The credit insurance market remains competitive and Acumen is ideally placed to look after our clients interests as the UK & global economy develops ‘post Brexit’ and the challenges it may bring.   The current Acumen credit insurance office network of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Marlow & London will continue to service all our clients.  Your existing day to day contacts within Reynolds / UK Credit will remain unchanged.

On 1st Sept 2016, we will launch our new website and brand under www.credit-insure.co.uk.

 

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Graydon

Graydon is one of the world’s leading credit and risk intelligence companies, providing access to business information on over 100 million companies in more than 190 countries. we provide added-value business credit information services via our Business Intelligence Networks, designed for industry sectors that need a specialised business credit service.

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Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens is a top ten accounting and advisory network, with offices throughout the UK and member firms across the globe.

Our clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs, to large organisations and complex international businesses. We partner with them, support their aspirations and contribute to their success. In-depth understanding of our clients allows us to deliver focused accounting and advisory solutions, both locally and globally.

Clients have access to bespoke services and solutions, including audit and assurance, business support and outsourcing, payroll and employers’ support, business and personal tax, governance and risk, corporate finance, forensic accounting, wealth management, IT consultancy, and restructuring and insolvency.

Our success stems from our industry focus, which enables us to provide an innovative and personal service to our clients in a range of sectors.

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