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Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Credit Forum (PMF)


  • Deliver a Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Credit Forum for Credit Professionals
  • The members are from Wholesalers and Manufacturers
  • The scope of the forum is to cover the sectors in the UK and the markets on a global basis
  • A forum is managed by Forums International Ltd and supported by Experian and BakerIng who aim to deliver a high level of benefit and a positive member experience


  • To exchange experiences and views on issues of common interest
  • To share practical ideas that members can implement in their own organisations
  • To develop & promote best practice in the credit & risk management 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.


There are 3 UK meetings a year.

We will also be holding meetings in Ireland.

  • The forum is not just a meeting. It is a community
  • The members via email and the web site are able to communicate, ask questions, share information with each other, the partners and subject experts on a daily basis

The Forums International website has a secure password protected member’s area: in this area we house past presentations, workshop results and useful information etc.

Meeting Format

The meetings are of one day duration

  • Start time 9.30am
  • Finish time approximately 3.00pm
  • Refreshments & lunch are provided.
  • There is an optional networking group dinner the night before the meeting


The UK meetings are currently being held at The Stratford Manor hotel, Stratford upon Avon

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.

Interactive delivery

Sessions are delivered through workshops and discussions rather than lecture-style presentations.

We source and invite knowledgeable subject experts to ensure that content is of the highest standard.

The meetings are NOT all presentations.

  • There are workshops and discussions on topics suggested by the members
  • The format is 50:50

50% Subject Matter Experts
50% Sharing of members experiences

Our mission is that every attendee takes at least one new thing away from every meeting

It’s different because…

Meetings are eligible for the CICM’s CPD Scheme 6 points.

Sample Agenda items

Pharmacy funding cuts
Funding cuts to Pharmacies?

Working with NHS SBS today
The development of the NHS supplier strategy

Credit Risk
Risk processes
Payment Performance

Automated Processes
Automated payment solutions
Process Automation

Credit insurance.
Insurance update & view of the Pharmaceutical Sector

Customer Experience & Customer Service
Best Practice

Membership Criteria

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.

Membership is open to finance & credit professionals from sector Manufacturers and Wholesalers and genuine prospective members.

Prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves.
The annual membership is £660.00
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.
A maximum of two members from each company can attend the meetings

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 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.

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.

Meeting Feedback

‘Good to see more new members sharing information and ideas. The speakers were very informative and relevant and I look forward to future meetings.’

‘Great session Laurie, with lots of good conversation. Ladies from Clinigen were a great addition as they clearly wanted to share and take part.’

‘I had a really good day, I met some really nice people and found the whole event really informative.’

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.

Who We Are

The Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices 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 Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices 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.

PMF 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.


The Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) reflects the changes in the supply chain that has seen pharmaceutical wholesalers become integrated health care service providers.  The distribution industry has to change, with wholesalers taking more of a role in central dispensing, informatics and big data, as well as reacting to continued consolidation, online pharmacies and new picking and delivery mechanisms.

The HDA has been established to promote the more varied comprehensive medicines wholesaling, distribution and associated services now provided by a more diverse range of businesses that ensure resilience, certainty and flexibility for patients, manufacturers and healthcare institutions across the four countries of the United Kingdom.

Our Mission

Patient safety is our guiding principle and this can be embodied in the mantra:

“the right treatment, in the right place, and at the right time”

Inherent within this simple statement are some core principles that our member companies adhere to, and should be respected for, namely:

  • the ability to source medicines and treatments used across the NHS;
  • the ability to store and keep these medicines safely and under clinically-required conditions, until required by hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in all locations across the four countries of the United Kingdom
  • our members adhere to, and promote the highest standards of Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • as needed, we can then distribute these healthcare treatments speedily


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

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.

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Experian Business-to-Business

We help organisations and businesses to grow their businesses and engage with their customers.

We can help them to:

  • lend effectively, manage their customer accounts, manage credit risk and minimise the risk of fraud;
  • better understand and communicate with customers;
  • enhance their customer’s experience with them;
  • better understand their markets and allocate resources.

They benefit from easier and faster access to more information, more accurate results, and more precise decisions.

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