The Credit Excellence Awards

The Credit Excellence Awards have established themselves as a real judge of excellence in the industry, as applicants compete to win one of only 10 awards, and to be on a finalists’ shortlist of only three. They are unique because applications for each category are open to the whole range of the industry in those sectors. So you can apply if you are an individual credit professional, a team, a consumer or commercial creditor, a supplier company, or a product. It is completely free to enter, and each award is judged by a unique panel of three industry experts.

In 2020, amidst all the change in our industry and our society, the Credit Excellence Awards, in association with Arvato Financial Solutions, again showcased all that is best about the work done by the credit, collections, and enforcement industry.

The winners from the 2020 Credit Excellence Awards, in association with Arvato Financial Solutions

  • Alternative Lender – Banking Circle
  • Newcomer to the Industry – Ryan Jones, credit controller, Adecco Group
  • Compliance – Ascent Performance Group
  • Commercial Credit & Collections – The Right Fuelcard Company
  • Export & International Credit & Collections – Cedar Rose International Services
  • Legal & Enforcement – Brachers LLP
  • Risk, Data & Fraud Prevention – Credit Kudos
  • Best Use of Technology – Webio
  • Collections – United Utilities
  • Contribution To The Industry – MyJar and Aptean

Highly Commended in the 2020 Credit Excellence Awards, in association with Arvato Financial Solutions

  • Commercial Credit & Collections – Valor Hospitality, Credit Management Team
  • Legal & Enforcement – Mortimer Clark Solicitors
  • Collections – Business Stream

Finalists from the 2020 Credit Excellence Awards, in association with Arvato Financial Solutions

  • Alternative Lender:
    • Banking Circle
    • Sonovate
    • Star Asset Finance
  • Newcomer to the Industry:
    • Fiona Barker, director of commercial finance, Lowell Group
    • Turnkey-Lender
    • Ryan Jones, credit controller, Adecco Group
  • Compliance:
    • Equiniti Credit Services, Risk and Compliance Team
    • Ascent Performance Group
    • ZZPS
  • Commercial Credit & Collections:
    • Graydon Insights by Graydon UK
    • The Right Fuelcard Company
    • Valor Hospitality, Credit Management Team
  • Export & International Credit & Collections:
    • Christian Greisberger, senior executive, Acer
    • Adecco Group
    • Cedar Rose International Services
  • Legal & Enforcement
    • Brachers LLP
    • Mortimer Clarke Solicitors, part of Cabot Credit Management Group
    • BW Legal
  • Risk, Data & Fraud Prevention
    • Destin Solutions – HUB Fraud Solution
    • LendingMetrics
    • Credit Kudos
  • Best Use of Technology
    • ezbob
    • SmartSearch
    • Webio
  • Collections:
    • Business Stream – Credit Management Collections, Recoveries and Third Party Team
    • Darcey Quigley & Co
    • United Utilities
  • Contribution To The Industry:
    • MyJar and Aptean
    • CoCredo
    • Mike Segall FCICM

For more details of getting involved as a sponsor of future awards, please contact gary@ccrmagazine.co.uk.

For an Application Pack, when available, please contact stephen@ccrmagazine.co.uk.

Senior Management Forum (SMF) – 5 June

What our members say

For more information and an information pack Email smf@forumsinternational.co.uk


Meeting Format

Meeting Format

Meetings start at 09.00 and run through to 15.30 with breaks. Refreshments & lunch are provided. There is an optional group dinner the preceding evening.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The Senior Credit Management 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 in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.


Membership Information

Membership criteria

Senior Credit Management Forum membership is open to senior finance & credit professionals. Membership is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.

Fees

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 £825 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 Senior Credit Management Forum between meetings. There is an established electronic communications channel for  members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other.

smf@forumsinternational.co.uk

All members’ contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting presentations and workshop outputs can also be downloaded.

A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.


Senior Credit Management Forum (SMF)

Background

The Senior Credit Management Forum (SMF) has been the leading peer group for senior finance & credit managers since 2006. It provides a unique community for members to meet, network and learn. The aim is to equip members with the practical strategies they need to meet the challenges of a changing business environment, and add value to their roles.

The objectives of the Senior Management 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.

International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) – 14-15 June

What our members say

For more information and an information pack Email itrf@forumsinternational.co.uk


Meeting Format

Meetings

There are 4 International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings a year, each of two-day duration. Refreshments & lunch are provided. There is an optional group dinner on the evening of Day One.

Venue

Two International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings a year are held in the UK and two are held in Europe. The Forums Administrator assists with hotel bookings/ transfer arrangements if required.

Data Exchange Session

The International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings include a formal data exchange session to enable members to discuss their customer  accounts. The session is run strictly in accordance with all legal requirements, including but not limited to relevant data protection and competition law.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The International Telecoms Risk Forum members have significant input into other sessions on the meeting agendas, to ensure that they are relevant and cover key areas of common interest. We source and invite knowledgeable subject experts in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.

 


Membership Information

Membership Criteria

The International Telecoms Risk Forum membership is open to senior credit & risk professionals from international Tier One carriers. All membership applications are reviewed by the steering committee I accordance with the forum membership criteria. Membership is subject to acceptance of the forum constitution.

Current Membership Sample

  • BICS
  • BT
  • BTS
  • Citic
  • Colt Technology
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Gamma Telecom
  • Ibasis
  • IDT Global
  • KDDI Global
  • Liquid Telecom
  • MGI
  • Orange Telecom
  • Tata Comms
  • Telehouse Europe
  • Telefonica
  • Telia Carrier
  • TEO
  • Telenor
  • Telecom Italia
  • Virgin Media
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone
  • Wavecrest

Fees

Members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves. This is subject to passing an initial company.

There is an annual membership fee of £1450. This covers all administration and meeting costs, as well as membership of the ITRF Knowledge Sharing Hub.

Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs. Administrative assistance with travel arrangements and  hotel bookings is available.

 


The International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF)

Background

The International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) is the premier Risk Forum for the global telecommunications industry. It was formed over ten years ago to provide a community for Europe’s Tier One Carriers and other industry participants. It aims to promote best practice in the telecoms industry and to minimise fraud and bad debt. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Share customer 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.

Credit Professionals Forum (CPF) – 10 July

What our members say

For more information and an information pack Email cpf@forumsinternational.co.uk


Meeting Format

Meetings

There are 4 Credit Professional Forum meetings a year, each of one-day duration. These are held at The Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell, Berkshire.
Meetings start at 09.30 for 10am and runs through to 15.00 with breaks. Refreshments & lunch are provided.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The Credit Professional 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 in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.

 


Membership Information

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to finance & credit professionals from companies across the industry spectrum. Membership is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.

Fees

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 £660 and covers all administration and meeting costs.

Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs where required.

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.

cpf@forumsinternational.co.uk

All members’ contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting presentations and workshop outputs can also be downloaded.

A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.

 


Credit Professionals Forum (CPF)

Background

Formed in early 1991 and originally known as the CMIG. The Credit Professionals Forum (CPF) is now in its 26th year of quarterly meetings. Over the years the Credit Professionals Forum has widened its scope into a cross-industry community to which finance & credit professionals from all types of business are welcome.

The Credit Professionals Forum equips members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of the current business environment. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members – this is different to anything you have attended before.

The objectives of the forum are to enable its members to:

  • share experiences and draw on each others’ knowledge of credit & finance matters
  • 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.

SAP User Group – 11 July


For more information and an information pack Email sapug@forumsinternational.co.uk


Meeting Format

Meetings

There are 4 SAP User Group meetings a year.

Meetings start at 10.00 and run through to 14.30, with breaks. Refreshments & lunch are provided.

Meetings are held at various venues in the UK. We aim to hold meetings at members’ premises where possible as this provides the best access to a live SAP system.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The SAP user Group Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas, to ensure that sessions are relevant and cover key areas of common interest.

Interactive delivery

Most sessions are workshop-based, or large and small group discussions.

We also source and invite knowledgeable experts to attend to present on specific subjects of interest.

 


Membership Information

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to AR professionals from any company considering, implementing or using SAP systems. Membership is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.

Fees

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 £600.

Members are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Membership is not just about meetings

We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the SAP User Group Forum between meetings. There is an established electronic communications channel for  members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other.

sap@forumsinternational.co.uk

All members’ contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting output can also be downloaded.

A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.

 


SAP AR User Group

Background

The SAP User Group was developed in 1996 as an independent, cross-industry user group to support users working in credit and finance. The focus is to maximise members’ use and  understanding of the SAP system and its modules.

The objectives of the SAP User Group are to:

  • Enable members to build a ‘self-help’ network to enhance their knowledge and skills;
  • Share experiences and problems with the aim of finding effective solutions;
  • Assist members to improve the efficiency of their SAP use; and
  • Make members aware of the add-ons and services available from third-party suppliers.

IT Distributor & Reseller Credit Forum (DRF) – 12 July

Business & Office Supplies Credit Forum (BSF) – 17 July

International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) – 13-14 September

Export/ International Credit Forum (ECF & ICF) – 25 September

Credit Professionals Forum (CPF) – 9 October