A Christmas Message
I would like to start by wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Successful New Year.
Also, thanks for all your support during the last 12 months.
How is it when you get older the months seem to fly by quicker. It doesn’t seem long since we were all sweltering in the unusual heat over the summer.
The question is: Have you had a good year? I can say we have probably had the busiest year to date and the most fulfilling. We have continued to deliver the forums in the UK, Europe and for the first time in Canada. 39 meeting days. We have continued to be supported by a stellar set of Corporate Partners and most importantly we have maintained our membership base and in fact it has grown.
Enough of looking back, what do we do next year? Firstly, we have already booked the main forum dates and venues right through to December 2019.
In fact, we have already sorted the agendas for January and February so watch out on social media for more details. Next year will be a year of two halves. The first being to consolidate the current forum portfolio and to ensure we continue to grow and deliver a consistent level of benefit to our members. The second we are bringing in some exciting new things. In 2018 we held an Amazon Suppliers Forum Day. By popular demand we will be holding a second meeting later in the year. To go with that we have planned “One Day” Forums on specific subjects. Credit Cards which will meet in March in London and a Supermarkets/Retail day later in the year.
There will also be a NEW: B2B Anti-Fraud Forum focusing on providing solutions, tools and techniques, sharing experiences and providing a support network for when you are attacked. We are also extending our Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Forum to include manufacturing. Currently the focus is on wholesale and the NHS. This will extend to companies located across Europe. We have also been invited to hold an IT Distributors Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria and finally we are planning to re-energise our connections with the ICT sector.
Also, we have held 4 Webinars with our Corporate Partners. These will continue starting the 22nd January then there will be two per month on going. Past webinars can be found on our web site
But that’s not all. When we held our Telecoms Forum meeting in Montreal in September all our members were not able to travel. Mostly due to budget constraints. So, for the first time we had members joining and taking part in the forum via Skype. Then when we then held our Business & Office Supplies Forum meeting at Experian, Nottingham in November we had members join the meeting from Cluj in Romania. These were test cases but in both instances it worked well. We have now refined the technology, so we will be offering virtual forum access to selected forums in the new year.
Finally. By popular demand we are bringing back the Forums International Golf Tournament. As before not all our members/supporters are golfers so there will also be an alternative Archery & Clay Pigeon Tournament at the same time. The date is the 15th May at Whittlebury Hall Golf Club. This will be a Charity event with donations going to Diabetes UK. The day’s events will be followed by an awards dinner and overnight accommodation is available.
Please watch out for announcements on the above and other new initiatives on social media.
Have you got your plans in place?
Q1: 2019 – Forums
15th January – Credit Professionals Forum (CPF) – Bracknell
16th January – SAP User Group (SAP) – Experian, Nottingham
17th January – IT Distributors & Resellers Forum (DRF) – Stratford upon Avon
6th February – Senior Credit Management Forum (SMF) – Stratford upon Avon
12th February – Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Credit Forum (PMF) – Stratford upon Avon
14th February – Export/International Credit Forum (ECF/ICF) – Moore Stephens, London
7th& 8th March – International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) – Orange, Paris
20th March – Fraud Forum Launch – London
21st March – Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum (BSF) – Moore Stephens, London