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IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum (DRF)


The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum (DRF) was formed in 2003 in conjunction with Graydon. It focuses primarily on credit, collections, risk management and fraud prevention. Aiming to equip members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of a changing business environment, and add value to their roles.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • share experiences and draw on each others’ 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 IT Distribution & Resellers Credit Forum is not an ad-hoc event with business development aims. It is a genuine and lasting community of peers with common interests and goals.

How the forum operates


There are 4 IT Distributers & Resellers Credit Forum meetings a year. Each of one-day duration, held at the Stratford Manor Hotel,  Stratford Upon Avon

Meeting Format

The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum meetings start at 09.30 and run through to 15.00. Refreshments & lunch are provided. There is an optional group dinner at the hotel the preceding evening.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The IT Distributors & Resellers Credit Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas in order 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 attract 6 points.

What to expect

Current membership sample:-

  • Total Computers
  • CCS Media
  • Total Computers
  • Ingram Micro
  • Midwich
  • Northamber
  • Tech Data
  • Zycko

Sample Agenda items from the last 12 months

Sector & Insolvency Updates

Both regular features, providing and analysing recent statistics and examining topical issues of interest.

Fraud in the Order to Cash Cycle

A workshop to plot the key stages in the O2C cycle then drill down into each stage to identify the main fraud risks. Sharing the processes members have in place to counter the risks.

Collections & Recoveries

Pre-legal and legal strategies to maximise recovery of debts, with a vie to building best practice procedures.

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 Information

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to credit & finance professionals from distributors & resellers in the IT channel, subject to our standard 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.

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 not open to non accredited suppliers

Meeting Feedback

‘Good sesions during the course of yesterday, very enjoyable.’

‘I absolutely loved the whole event and will certainly be coming again.’

‘Excellent event, felt very welcomed into a group that knows each other fairly well.’

‘This was a very good meeting, people were very friendly and the subjects were relevant.’

Who We Are

The IT Distributors & Reseller 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 IT Distributors & Resellers 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 members’ objectives and deliver high-quality, valuable forums which offer real benefit.  We believe that we demonstrate our credibility best by doing just that.

Forum Corporate Partners


Graydon is one of the world’s leading credit and risk intelligence companies, providing access to business information on over 100 million companies in more than 190 countries. we provide added-value business credit information services via our Business Intelligence Networks, designed for industry sectors that need a specialised business credit service.


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