ICF Credit Forum
The International Credit Forum has been the leading peer group for credit professionals from Information, Communication, Technology and Electronics companies since 1998.
International trade in a changing business environment presents specific challenges to businesses. The ICF (International 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.
- To exchange experiences and views on issues of common interest
- To share practical ideas that members can implement into their own organisations
- To develop & promote best and new practice in global credit & risk management in the international community
- To improve knowledge and skills and keep up to date with industry developments
- To connect credit leaders and practitioners with each other and with 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 meetings operate
UK meetings are one day starting at 10.00
European meetings are over 2 days starting at 10.00 on day one with a group dinner in the evening. The second day starts at 9am and finishes at lunch time.
Refreshments & lunch are provided.
Meetings are currently being held at different venues across Europe
Challenging and 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 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.
Sample Agenda items from the last 12 months
A regular feature, examining the business culture in a region or country and the challenges of trading there.
The ICT Sector
The winners and losers. New products and future challenges and opportunities.
What information is needed? What are the sources? Making the decision with low risk.
Membership is open to senior finance & credit professionals from the IT Vendors, Distributors and Service Providers. Membership to attend the International Credit Forum 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.
Prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves.
Membership covering the European and UK meetings.
Annual subscription £725
The above subscriptions are subject to VAT where the billing address is in the UK
Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs. Administrative assistance with travel arrangements and hotel bookings is available.
Membership is not just about meetings
We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the International Credit 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.
It’s different because
There is also a LinkedIn Group membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.
Virtual Access to the Forum
We understand that due to travel restrictions especially where you are not based in the same country or are a long way from the forum meeting venue it is not always possible to attend. As from 2019 we are offering virtual access to selective members and attendees.
Virtual Access works like a webinar. You will be able to hear the speaker and see the slides. Most importantly we will also be able to hear you so you can take part in the discussions/workshops.
If you have always wanted to attend a forum but have been unable to please join us virtually in 2019.
What Our Members Say
My involvement with the ICF has given me the tools, knowledge and confidence to elevate my credit department from misunderstood back office obscurity to a front-end commercial function and a recognised and appreciated contributor to growth within the corporation. In my opinion, there is no better experience or real training available today for the hungry credit professional
Colin Byrne MIICM, International Group Credit & Collections Manager, Micro Focus Software (Ireland) Ltd
After joining the ECF/ICF 8 years ago, building an international network of peers in a wide range of companies active in our in our industry has proven most valuable. Especially in situations where one needs practical advice on handling (country)specific issues around credit or collections, it is helped me in finding right way forward.
Petr Van Hanegem, Credit Manager EMEA, Belkin BV
Who We Are
The ICF (International Credit Forum) is operated by Forums International Ltd, a leading provider of the International credit forum 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 many 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 industry & the International IT credit forum for the last 20 years. She has specialist skills in event organisation and delivery, communication and member relations.
It’s different because…
The Forum sponsors have been carefully selected for the knowledge they can bring to the members and are not permitted to use the meetings as sales opportunities.
Forum Corporate Partners
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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.
WHO ARE WE?
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.
WHAT WE DO…
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.
HOW WE SUPPORT FORUMS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
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.