The Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG) has announced its line for its 30th annual Conference. The conference provides money advisers, creditors, and stakeholders with an opportunity to network and debate current and future issues in the spirit of ‘working together to improve the lives of people in debt’.

The 2017 conference, sponsored by Cabot Credit Management, sees a ‘new look’ MALG re-launch its conference for its 30th year at a new venue with a new concept. It will take place on Monday 27 November at 30 Euston Square, London, and will feature an interactive fintech exhibition demonstrating the latest digital tools, adviser/creditor speed networking session, and stellar line up of speakers and interactive sessions on topics that will shape the future of money advice.

It will be attended by 300 delegates including:

  • Money/debt advisers
  • Creditors (including utilities/telecoms providers and motor finance)
  • Debt collection professionals
  • Enforcement agents
  • Policy-makers
  • Regulators
  • Government departments
  • Politicians
  • Local Authorities
  • Card providers
  • Insolvency and legal professionals
  • Fintech companies
  • Parking industry professionals
  • Other sector advice agencies

Mitch Armstrong, Director of Sales and Marketing at Telrock, said: “I attended the MALG conference for the first time in 2016. It was the most diverse event I had attended in the sector, bringing together unique mix of people from the debt, credit and collections eco-system. This year’s event is set to be even better with a new look, new format, new venue, and even more diverse mix of delegates from Local Authorities to fintech companies.”

MALG Chair and Chair of the conference Liz Barclay, said: “I’d like this year’s conference to be a game-changer: to ‘disrupt’ current approaches and make people think. I want to say to our members – you are thinking about next year when you should be thinking 5-10 years hence – or we’ll always be behind the curve. We should be working together to come up with appropriate solutions for the longer term.”

The conference will open with keynote presentations from Dr Emma Stone of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘solving poverty by re-thinking markets and growth’, and Bruce Davis of the first regulated debt crowdfunding company in the UK Abundance who helped to create the world’s first peer to peer lender Zopa. Bruce will be helping delegates to start the day by thinking differently about the future of our global financial system.

This will be followed by a series of ‘choice a’ and ‘choice b’ breakout sessions on:

  • High Cost Credit panel
  • Open Banking (tbc, Equifax) sponsored by Equifax
  • Negotiation skills in the digital age
  • Fintech demos
  • Vulnerability (with a twist!)
  • ‘Fincap future’

Breakout session speakers include Freddy Kelly of Credit Kudos, Mitch Armstrong of Telrock, Chris Fitch of the Money Advice Trust, Anne Boden of Starling Bank, and Katie Evans of the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute.

The conference programme will also feature the launch of the ‘Council Tax & Imprisonment – Time to Think Again?’ report by Payplan and the Institute of Money Advisers.

The impressive line-up of conference sponsors and exhibitors who are making the event possible for MALG to deliver as a not-for-profit organisation, demonstrate the industry’s commitment to MALG’s cause to improve the lives of people in debt. They are:

  • Cabot Credit Management
  • Lowell
  • 1st Credit
  • Telrock
  • Experian
  • Idem Servicing
  • Equifax
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Credit Connect
  • UK Asset Resolution
  • Natwest
  • Aperture
  • CMC Agile
  • Marston Holdings
  • Credit Kudos
  • Computershare
  • Bean
  • Eg Solutions
  • The Debt Advisor
  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • StepChange
  • Money Advice Service
  • Money Advice Trust
  • Advice UK
  • The Money Charity

The conference hashtag is #malgconf and the event will be almost paperless with only a small fold out programme, instead sharing the programme with delegates via the app which will be downloadable in advance.

Delegate tickets are £290 and can be booked online via Eventbrite. Not-for-profit delegates are encouraged to attend for the reduced rate of £145. Book your place online now!

For more information, visit www.malg.org.uk/conference