The Institute of Credit Management (ICM), the largest professional body of its kind in Europe, has announced plans for the launch of a major new event next year – ICM07 – bringing an exhibition, conference, and awards ceremony all under one roof, on one day, and with one purpose – to further the advancement of the credit profession across all sectors.
Billed as the first ever Credit Management Convention, and being held at the newly built conference and exhibition suite at Wembley Stadium on March 14th, ICM07 will offer credit professionals an unprecedented opportunity to gain expert advice from leading industry authorities at the conference, review the latest products, services and innovations at the exhibition, and network with their peers at the ICM07 Awards, according to Director General of the ICM, Philip King.
“They will also be some of the first people in the UK to visit one of the most impressive venues in the country, if not the world,” Mr King says.
The launch of the ICM07 Credit Management Convention is entirely in keeping with the Institute’s pledge to ensure that it remains relevant and credible to credit professionals in the 21st Century, providing Members and the credit management industry with the practical tools, information, recognition and support they need to compete in an increasingly demanding business environment. It is also wholly consistent with its commitment to deliver on its promise of ‘Empowering the credit profession.’
Mr King continues: "For a long time the Institute has been the leading voice for credit professionals, but it is important that we continue to evolve, and continue to look at how we can best serve the interests of our Members and our industry. As I have said previously, this means taking the best of what we do, and wherever possible, making it better.
“For the past 40 years we have successfully organised and run an annual conference and associated exhibition, and awarded prizes to successful candidates taking part in the Institute’s examinations. Feedback from our Members, and from businesses within the industry prompted us to radically re-evaluate what we were doing, with the decision to build on our successful conference, significantly enhance our exhibition, and launch an entirely new awards scheme that better reflected the expertise inherent within our industry.
“Most significantly, rather than hosting several disparate events, including a Graduate Lunch later in the year, we have decided to bring all of these initiatives and celebrations of achievement to one venue, on one day, thereby creating the first ever Credit Management Convention of its kind in the UK.”
An integral part of ICM07 are the ICM07 Awards, open to ICM Members and non-Members alike, and described by Mr King as “a vehicle to publicly recognise and reward excellent practice in the industry.” They are broken down into 11 categories, including Credit Professional of the Year, Credit Personality of the Year, and an unsung hero award. The scheme also incorporates the existing Sir Roger Cork Prize given to the candidate who achieves the highest aggregate marks within the calendar year in the ICM’s examinations.
All entrants for the awards will need to be nominated, either by their employer, a supplier or one of their peers, and will be judged by an independent panel looking for real and tangible evidence of success.
To launch the Convention, the ICM has appointed Terry Chellew as Exhibition Director, working alongside the Institute’s own event management team. Terry has been involved in the publishing and exhibition sector for more than 30 years.
“ICM07 will be promoted extensively to Members and non-Members alike throughout the credit industry and offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors and award sponsors to reach some of the most influential buyers in the credit industry,” Mr Chellew says. “We hope to attract individuals and businesses from every tier and sector of the credit management and financial community, as well as those working in associated professions.”
Mr King concludes: “The industry isn't standing still, and neither must we. ICM07 represents a new era for the credit industry, and a real opportunity to empower and advance our profession.”
To find out how your company can be a part of this exciting new event contact Terry Chellew on 01780 722907 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org