Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum (BSF)
The Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum (BSF) has been developed by FI Ltd and our partners Experian and Acumen to benefit senior finance, credit & risk professionals within the office supplies re-seller sector. The Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum is a peer group with common interests, which equips members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of their business environment and add value to their roles in credit management.
The BSF provides an environment for members to:
- share experiences and processes and draw on each others’ knowledge
- develop and enhance best and new practice in credit and risk management
- improve skill levels
- exchange information about instances of customer default and attempted fraud
- provide access to a network of like-minded professionals and relevant 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.
How the forum operates
There are 3 meetings a year for the Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum, each of one-day duration.
Meetings run from approximately 9.30am to 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch are provided.
Challenging & 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 take the form of workshops and discussions rather than lecture-style presentations wherever possible. We source and invite knowledgeable subject experts in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.
Current Member Sample
- Office Depot
- Office Team
- Evo Group
- Office 2 Office
It’s different because…
Meetings are eligible for the CICM’s CPD Scheme and attract 5 points.
Membership is open to finance & credit professionals from national and regional office suppliers.
Who should attend our Forums
Our Forums are for practicing credit professionals of all levels. Today there are a multitude of job titles, so the Forums are for you.
The only exception is that we do not allow suppliers to attend unless they are pre-contracted corporate partners or speakers. Our promise to you is: You will never be directly sold to when you attend a Forum meeting.
Remember. Attending a Forums International Forum for the first time is free. We encourage you to come along and gauge the benefits for yourself before making a commitment to join.
Our memberships are company memberships and two people can attend each meeting.
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 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, and an electronic system for the exchange of fraud attempt and attack information.
the website has a secure members area, from where copies of all meeting presentation slides and workshop outputs are also available to download. Also, via the knowledge hub, members can ask each other questions and share experiences.
It’s different because…
The membership is a genuine peer group – the forum open to invited companies
Who We Are
The Business & office Supplies 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 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. He was elected to the Advisory Council in 2010 and the Executive Board in 2012 becoming chair in 2016. He is now CICM Vice President. Laurie ia also an Associate of the Association of Fraud Examiners.
Director Lynn Christon has been organising and co-ordinating the Business & Office Supplies 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 member’s objectives and deliver high-quality, valuable forums which offer real benefit. We believe that we demonstrate our credibility best by doing just that.
What our members say
Great meeting, really enjoyed Steve’s presentation on BREXIT. “Ones to Watch” is a really good idea and it can be very beneficial. Card not present, presentation was very interesting.
Liz Lockley, Credit Control Supervisor UK and Ireland
We were one of the founding members of the Business Supplies Credit Forum and were fully supportive of the concept of the forum which was to discuss industry issues and understand and learn from the results of how each member company addresses such challenges thorough procedures, processes or systems development. We have begun a benchmarking exercise where each organisation can, anonymously, see how it ranks against each other in key business metrics. All members are fully committed to attend and share their views and experience in the demanding role of a credit/risk manager. This has ensured my skills and knowledge have been kept up to date and also allows me to compare my results with my peers. I look forward to all the meetings and have made many new friends and business acquaintances, all ready to accept calls and support me when required. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Adrian Bott, Credit Manager, Lyreco
‘I am a member of a number of the forums which Laurie and Lynn run and I really enjoy the chance to get together with like minded individuals who all have similar challenges and situations which they have to deal with day to day. It is good to be able to benchmark yourself against a similar peer group and pick up good ideas to take back to the office.
The forums are always a good mix of workshops and interactive participation alongside presenters who are always good and sometimes exceptional. I always come away with something new to think about or to try. It is well worth taking time out of a busy working week to participate’.
Jackie Griffiths, Credit Manager, Neopost
BSF Corporate Partners
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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