Credit Professionals Forum (CPF)
Formed in early 1991 and originally known as the CMIG. The Credit Professionals Forum (CPF) is now over 20 years old. Over the years the Credit Professionals Forum has widened its scope into a cross-industry community to which credit & finance professionals from all types of business are welcome.
The Credit Professionals Forum equips members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of the current business environment. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members – this is different to anything you have attended before.
The objectives of the forum are to enable its members to:
- share experiences and draw on each others’ knowledge of credit & finance matters
- 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…
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 4 Credit Professional Forum meetings a year, each of one-day duration. These are held at The Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell, Berkshire.
Meetings start at 09.30 for 10am and runs through to 15.00. Refreshments & lunch are provided.
Challenging & instructive agendas
The Credit Professional 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.
It’s different because…
Meetings are eligible for the CICM’s CPD Scheme and attracts 5 points.
What to expect
Recent agendas have included the following topics:
The changes to litigation rules & costs, including case studies to demonstrate the impact of the changes.
Strategies to Defend Against Extended Payment Terms
Sharing experiences and ideas about requests for extended payment terms. Recalculating the margin and how to refuse without losing the customer.
High Profile Company Failures
What we can learn from analysing the background to high profile failures.
The Future of Credit Management
Discussing the visibility of credit management within organisations, how it is seen by others and its future in shaping our companies.
Pre-packs, zombie companies and a review of recently released insolvency statistics – what do they really show?
The latest news from Companies House , including paperless filing and the fraud risks involved.
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 is open to credit & finance professionals from companies across the industry spectrum. Membership is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.
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 £725 and covers all administration and meeting costs.
Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs where required.
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.
The website has a secure members area, from where copies of all meeting presentations and workshop outputs can also be downloaded. Also, via the knowledge hub, members can ask each other questions and share experiences.
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 open to all credit professionals.
What our members say
‘I really enjoyed the forum. This was my first participation and I will return.’
Anne Kurtenbach, Credit Manager, Pentland Brands Ltd
‘Really good and varied selection of topics. The BREXIT talk very topical and the FD presentation first rate.’
Norman Chung, Sopra Steria
‘I have participated in several forums, including the CPF (ex CMIG & TICG) over a period of 16 years. My continuing involvement and participation over this time is sure proof of the value of attending these forums on several fronts. Firstly there is the learning – regular changes and variety to the agenda items means that presentations can often be a source of information that can be very helpful. Secondly the workshops – at most meetings we are fully engaged in workshops on a variety of topics and this is a great way of sharing with and learning from other delegates, particularly at the Credit Professionals Forum as there tends to be a wider knowledge base. Thirdly the networking. I know for some this can be a major reason for attending and credit people are recognised as being serial networkers especially if there’s a bar and something to eat involved! It’s always great not just to bump into old acquaintances but to also meet and welcome new members from our profession.’
Jonathan Swan – Head of Credit, Hachette
The credit professionals forum – time well invested. Why?
‘The topics are varied, relevant and interesting. The format is informal, interactive and relevant to the attendees with presentations and workshops. This allows an opportunity to interact with fellow professionals and peers, to engage, ask questions, get involved and to see how the profession and other companies tackle different topics. In short, something of benefit to all who attend and is supported by my company over may years.’
Norman CHUNG, Credit Manager, Sopra Steria
‘We learnt motivational and goal techniques as well as networking with other credit professionals’
Steve Mayos MCICM – Credit Manager at Hyster Yale Group
‘Scorecard session was one of the best sessions in all the Forums I’ve attended.’
‘Really good and insightful.’
‘I find its an informative day out.’
‘Good variety and interaction – always good to see new people attending to give different insights on the forum.’
‘I would like to express my appreciation to the whole GSK team. I thought that GSK approached the whole exercise in an open and collaborative manner, which was refreshing as it was stimulating. It was apparent to me that they had fully thought through how best to achieve their aims but remained open to ideas and thoughts from the room. I thoroughly enjoyed the exchanges and it was certainly one of the best sessions I have attended.’
Who We Are
The Credit Professionals 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 Credit Professionals 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.
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