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Export Credit Forum (ECF)


The Export Credit Forum (ECF) was developed by Forums International Ltd to provide a community for senior credit & finance professionals who have responsibility for trading across borders, whether that be in Europe, or globally.

International trade in a changing business environment presents specific challenges to UK businesses. As well as different business cultures, those transacting and operating in different jurisdictions need to understand diverse legal and banking rules and corporate structures. The Export 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.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Share experiences and draw on each other’s 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 Export Credit Forum 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

Meeting Format

UK meetings start at 10.00 and run through to 16.00. Refreshments & lunch are provided

Meeting Criteria

Meetings are currently being held at different venues.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The export Credit Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas, 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 UK meetings attract 5 points.

What to expect

Recent agendas have included the following topics:

Trading In…

This is a regular feature – in the last year we have covered emerging markets, France, Spain, Italy and the MENA area. These sessions are delivered by carefully sourced country experts.

The Information Suppliers’ Landscape

A leading data consultant compares and contrasts the quality of business information available in the market.

International Insolvency

A look at the insolvency laws and practices in different countries.

Optimisation v Automation

Credit Managers from global blue-chip companies debate the pros and cons of automated procedures in risk & credit.


What metrics add value for you? Exchanging ideas about which measurements are beneficial.

International Trade Security

A look at the methods of securitisation available, from letters of credit to guarantees – how do you ensure they will work?

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.

Members Information

Membership Criteria

Membership to the Export Credit Forum is open to credit & finance professionals with responsibility for trading across borders. Membership 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.

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.

Full Membership

Membership covers the UK meetings 4 meetings (4 days) per year

Annual subscription £725

The above subscriptions are subject to VAT where the billing address is in the UK

It’s different because…

The membership is a genuine peer group  – the forum is not open to all comers.

What our members say

‘A thoroughly enjoyable conference. Many thanks.’

Jane Beesley, Regional Credit and Risk Manager UK, Ireland, Nordics and South Africa, Sun Chemical Ltd

‘The Export Credit Forum provides an opportunity for Credit Managers around Europe to get together in neutral surroundings to discuss the important issues that affect us all. As it is the members who drive the Agenda each Forum is unique and up to date,  never stale and formulaic. The days are busy for sure but there is still time found for items that help us become better and more effective managers in general as well as the specific issues facing our industry today.  I would recommend the ECF as an excellent platform for credit managers to both develop their skills and share their experiences with their peers.’

Guy Thompson – Credit Risk Manager, EMEA & China, SunChemical Group

‘I have been a member of several forums that have been run by Laurie and Lynn for about sixteen years. At Dell we were members of the TCIG and the ECF. Nowadays at Hachette we are members of no less than four forums –  SAP User, CPF, ECF and SMF. We very much see the forums as the arena in which many advantages can be gained. Principally learning about changes and updates to specialist areas such as trade risk, compliance, fraud, legal changes etc. Also the networking is an important part of the membership and something that I have always seen as an important advantage. The other major gain is the opportunity to get more junior staff involved at meetings and to use the forums as part of their development.’

Jon Swan FCICM, FACP  Head of Credit Services, Hachette UK Ltd

‘Thank you for hosting the meeting last week. I really got a lot out of it and appreciate the effort. Looking forward to the next one!’

Lee Miller – Credit Manager, EMEA

Meeting Feedback

‘I thought the standard of the presentations was the highest I have seen and all very relevant.’

‘Some really good thought provoking information on International Collections for larger organisations.’

‘Very interesting from a slightly different background.’

‘Really excellent day.’

‘KYC session was really interesting.’

Who We Are

The Export 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 Export 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.

ECF Corporate Partners

Cedar Rose

Cedar Rose are known and trusted globally by top tier organisations as the business intelligence experts for the MENA region.

With over 20 years of experience researching, compiling and cleaning data on companies and people in the Arabic speaking countries, Cedar Rose now holds the largest, most accurate database of its kind. The company provides Company Registration Reports, Company Credit Reports, all levels of Due Diligence reports and instant Electronic Identity Verification of companies and individuals throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

Services are delivered via their website (, by API or email in various formats according to their clients’ requirements.

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Company Watch

Organisations around the world rely on Company Watch’s industry-leading financial analytics to drive their Credit and Procurement risk processes.

Quality and rigour run through everything we do, from our unique method of assessing corporate financial health via our H-Score®, to how we deliver our service to customers, supporting them to ensure they get the information they need in the way they want it.

With the H-Score® predicting almost 90% of corporate insolvencies in advance it is the risk management tool of choice, providing clarity and confidence in an uncertain world.


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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Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. We help clients quantify and manage risk – and help them unlock new opportunities for growth.

and best-in-class international collection services.

Whether it’s worldwide collections, or in-house processes, MoretonSmith has the talent, technology, experience and expertise to help.


BDO 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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Netsend has a long history in providing electronic document distribution and the automation of manual processes. Starting life in 1994 as a fax broadcast service, Netsend embraced the opportunities provided by the Internet to pioneer new technologies and distribution channels.

Netsend is now trusted by thousands of businesses globally, operating in over 52 countries, in multiple languages.

More than just secure and streamlined document distribution, Netsend has evolved to provide a range of highly valued tools and services. Businesses rely on the Netsend portal to provide audit-trail, performance analytics and direct management of invoicing exceptions.

In a fast-evolving and competitive market, we help our clients stay one step ahead.


Delphinus tmc work with individuals from business, sport and entertainment – who are under pressure to deliver results –whatever that means to them – and we give them the tools, confidence and support structure to achieve.

The management role is more complicated and with more pressures than it has ever been.Gone are the days when management was about running a business – it is now all about running a company – with all the “people challenges” board pressures and everything else that involves.

Tie that into increasingly competitive, challenging and uncertain markets and it is no wonder that people battle to deliver at the level they KNOW and have proved they can.

Delphinus tmc help people to be the best version of themselves.


Rimilia provides award winning Cash Application & Cash Allocation software products that deliver industry leading tangible benefits like no other, but don’t just take their word for it – their customers are not only already enjoying the benefits of process automation, they are winning awards as a result of implementing Rimilia’s solutions too.

Baker Ing International

 We are delighted to work with Forums International Limited as their Global Receivables Management partner. Having worked extensively with Laurie, Lynn and the team, we share common goals in our commitment to development of Best Practice within Credit and Collections.  Our companies both share passion for innovation and ensuring our clients, Credit Professionals of all levels, are supported with niche, value add service.


Many Debt Collection Agencies provide recovery assistance across the Globe utilising local language. The industry needed a dedicated network of proven experienced Credit Managers that can bring local Best Practice to the fore, whilst providing a tangible collection service.  Baker Ing International is a working global network of Collectors who are experienced Credit Managers and Credit Directors; they apply their experience to each of our client’s cases guaranteeing the analysis, approach, service and results.


The ‘Team’ is what separates us from any other provider.  Typically, a client to most service providers, the ‘Credit Manager’ is also our ‘Team’.  Success can be proven by our clients reading the CV’s of our Collectors and our service is client and company tailored with individual Service Level Agreements. The delivery is detailed in a proposal after consultation, learning the Order to Cash process, Company Culture and Objectives, Challenges and KPIs.  Our Collection Results are measured and are aligned with our client’s internals Key Performance Indicators and our collaboration helps improve these.  Baker Ing International is a Business Partner who can be trusted to work all client segments and customer tiers because of the guaranteed level of expertise applied; volume/value driven collection workflows detail very differently to high value collections.


As a strategic partner, Baker Ing International will be committed to providing information on Global Collection and Legal Recovery issues. Our International Legal Panel will provide real time legislation and local country law updates. As a Global Receivables Management company, our network of Credit Directors will provide a reference hub of knowledge and experience in all areas of Order to Cash. Our aim is to provoke thought and proactively challenge Collection Processes to ensure they adapt to modern business demands and Technology.

Esker is a global leader in AI-driven process automation solutions. Esker’s cloud-based solutions are compatible with all geographic, regulatory and technology environments, helping over 11,000 companies around the world improve efficiency, visibility, accuracy and cost-savings associated with the processing and exchange of information.

Founded in 1985, Esker operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific with global headquarters in Lyon, France, and U.S. headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.

Esker’s solutions span the order-to-cash (O2C) and purchase-to-pay (P2P) cycles allowing organisations to automate a variety of different business processes that run on paper documents, including:

  • Order Managementprocess, track and archive any customer order or claim electronically.
  • Accounts Receivablestreamline invoice delivery and reduce DSO with automated tools.
  • Accounts Payableturn AP into a profit centre with paper-free vending invoice processing.

Esker’s Collections Management automation solution (powered by TermSync technology) helps companies manage all post-sale collection interactions easily and electronically. Both suppliers and their customers benefit from a faster and more transparent collections process to speed up customer payments and reduce collection disputes.

For more information on Esker and its solutions, visit Follow Esker on LinkedIn at Esker – Northern Europe, or on Twitter at @EskerNEurope and join the conversation on the Esker blog.

Upcoming Meetings

Export Credit Forum (ECF)

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Export Credit Forum (ECF)

December 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


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