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