The Online Commercial Credit & Collections Conference has confirmed its agenda and speaker line-up ahead of the event next Thursday (22nd April).

The event has been transformed from the annual face to face event which took place in 2019 and 2020 to an online event this year. The Commercial Credit & Collections Conference has been created as an online event platform that focuses on the latest updates in credit management and insolvency.

The event will consist of four sessions that will focus on Trade Credit, Business Change and Insolvency will be closed off with a stream discussing technology and credit management.

The Conference has sixteen-panel speakers and will be Chaired by Brendan Clarkson from Begbies Traynor and Ian Leslie from Aon. The agenda and speaker list are as follows:

9.30 am Event opening and introduction followed by

9.40 am – Post pandemic trade credit 2020 was a year of disruption, uncertainty, and hardship. Our panel of experts looks at how the trade credit industry has been shaped by the pandemic and what we can expect to see in a post-pandemic world. What are the challenges and the opportunities that exist in 2021 and beyond.

Chair:

  • Ian Leslie, Head of Business Development  Aon

Panelists:

  • Conrad White, Working Capital Enhancement Lead, Imperial Tobacco
  • Elisabeth Doppelhofer, Head of Credit, Adecco
  • Simon Philpin, Head of Business Development, Markel
  • Ana Dieguez, Head of Global Clients, Aon

10.25 am BREAK

10.45 am – Credit Management options adapting to business change  What are the options for credit management post-pandemic and post Brexit. How can we combat potential late payment/bad debt a discussion around the options such as changes in regulation, outsourcing debt, and assessing credit management options such as debt sale.

Chair:

  • Brendan Clarkson, Director of National Creditor Services at Begbies Traynor

Panelists:

  • Martin Kirby, Head of Credit Risk & Collections, Business Stream
  • Craig Farmer, Credit Risk Officer, Fleximize
  • Brad Morris, Head of Credit, Dell
  • Ian Davies, Client & Sales Director, Intrum

11.30 am BREAK

11.55 am – Insolvency: The threat of zombie companies Pandemic policy responses by the UK government and the Bank of England and the reaction from corporates have created the right conditions to breed a new generation of ‘zombie’ companies that could drag on the UK economy if left unchecked. The return of the Zombie business a subject that arose over the past decade is a worrying sign of the times. When the government unwinds its loan schemes and protections and companies must become self-sustainable again, a permanent mark will remain on the balance sheets of many SMEs – that of excessive debt.

Chair:

  • Brendan Clarkson, Director of National Creditor Services at Begbies Traynor

Panelists:

  • Liam Bell, Director Real Estate Disputes, Memery Crystal
  • Ian Strangward,  Customer Finance Manager at Karndean Designflooring
  • Adrian Hyde, Partner, Begbies Traynor Group

12.40 pm LUNCH BREAK

1.05 pm – Technology and Credit Management The role new technology can play such as Open Banking, what are the customer engagement strategies and what role can it play.

Chair:

  • Ian Leslie, Head of Business Development  Aon

Panelists:

  • Leanne Chesterman, Head of Accounts Receivable & Master Data, BAE Systems
  • Nick King, Order to Cash CMO, Unilever; Brian Lewis, Credit Manager at CPI EuroMix Mortars
  • Guy Thompson, SunChemical Group, Credit Risk Manager EMEA & China
  • Subramanya SN, Head of Sales – Credit & Business Risk Solutions, Cedar Rose

2 pm (latest) EVENT CLOSE

Chair for the event Brendan Clarkson, Director of National Creditor Services at Begbies Traynor said “I am excited to continue my partnership with Credit Connect, the new format allows delegates to focus on what really matters to their role and interests.  I am pleased with the subjects we have chosen and look to provide another successful conference.”

Co-Chair Ian Leslie Head of Business Development said “In these times of pandemic impacted information it’s vital the credit manager community comes together. A credit professionals life has never been more difficult, and I still believe conferences, even virtual, are a great way of finding out useful information and sharing best practice.”

Eddie Nott, Managing Director, Intrum UK said “Intrum UK is delighted to be a sponsor of the Commercial Credit & Collections Conference series. As we anticipate the end of the Covid-19 crisis, it is vital that businesses are able to maximise their growth and cement recovery while building strong and sustainable customer relationships. Poor payment experiences can stymie their growth plans and prevent firms from focusing on their core business. We look forward to discussing the challenges to timely payment and their potential solutions.”

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