Entries by Stephen Kiely

Cross party group urges Government to act on bailiff reform

A group of cross-party MPs and Peers has joined a coalition of debt advice campaigners in urging the Government to break its silence on bailiff industry reform. Today marks a year since the Ministry of Justice closed its call for evidence on the bailiff industry, but despite overwhelming evidence of the need for wide-ranging reform, […]

Quality of data is top priority for credit industry in 2020 and beyond

Improving data and the quality of decisions are two of the top strategic priorities for credit management professionals in the next three years. A new study of credit management professionals from Equifax Ignite reveals nearly three quarters (72%) believe there is scope for future improvement of data analytics at their current companies. The study, in […]

Mastercard announces its first European Cyber Resilience Centre

Mastercard today announced it is developing its first European Cyber Resilience Centre, a state-of-the-art cyber and security centre in Europe that will drive collaboration between both public and private sectors, as well as regulatory bodies to further support enterprise resilience in the region. Located in Waterloo, Belgium at Mastercard’s European Headquarters, the centre is the […]

Scottish small businesses confidence falls again

Scotland’s small businesses ended a tough 2019 with confidence and profits falling, new figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveal. In the final quarter of 2019, FSB’s Scottish Small Business Index (SBI) fell by 13.7 points to stand at -27.2. The fall was mirrored across the UK, where small business confidence fell 13.5 […]

Webio Awarded ISO 27001

Webio, the Conversational Middleware company, has achieved ISO 27001 certification, making Webio one of the few platforms in their field to meet the highest internationally recognized security standard. ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised Information Security Management Standard that proves an organisation’s commitment to the security of their customer, employee and shareholder’s information. The information […]

CICM Agree New Corporate Partnership with Menzies LLP

Menzies LLP, a top 20 UK accountancy firm, has become the Chartered Institute of Credit Management’s newest Corporate Partner to increase the visibility of its Creditor Services team to CICM members, as well as promoting its services to the wider credit management profession. The Menzies Creditor Services team advises creditors on the best way to […]

VAT Support Group is launched with MoJ guidance inbound

VAT Support Group is launched to help High Court enforcement businesses and creditors deal with the forthcoming Ministry of Justice (MoJ) guidance on charging VAT. The MoJ has committed to publishing guidance which will change the way VAT is collected by High Court enforcement businesses. It’s thought that industry changes will be required to ensure […]

McVey sacked as Housing Minister: comment

Commenting on the news that Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister, John Phillips, national operations director at Just Mortgages, said: “Housing policy requires a clear sense of direction, and that has been sadly lacking in recent years as the ministerial revolving door has spun at a furious pace. “Now that there is a […]

Consumer car finance market holds steady in 2019

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the consumer car finance market grew in December 2019 by 6% compared with the same month in 2018, and held steady in 2019 as a whole at over 2.4 million cars. The consumer new car finance market reported […]