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UK'S leading authority announces 2009 programme for recovery

By CreditMan Tuesday, October 28, 2008

With the country facing the worst economic meltdown on record, the UK's
number one forum on credit ­ icm09 - could not be coming at a more
appropriate time.

The icm09 convention, on Tuesday 17 February, has moved to the ICC in
Birmingham to make it more accessible to professionals from every corner of
the country. The powerful programme, consisting of four events in one day at
one venue from the industry's leading body, will provide guidance, provoke
new thinking and empower credit professionals during UK business most
testing times.

Its conference features everything from keynote speakers to hands-on
toolbox sessions designed to solve everyday issues, with a compelling
series of presentations, dialogue and debate from expert speakers expected
to draw record number of delegates.

The conference opens with Larry Coltman, Chairman of the ICM, who will
provide the main introduction, followed by Garry Lace, Managing Director of Admedia to deliver the ICM's keynote address. Another guest speaker, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, David Smith, will discuss cash and the economy after the morning coffee break and exhibition.

The focus will then shift to the commercial sector with talks chaired by
Nick King and touching on issues like; The Power of Knowledge; Collections
Monitoring; and Return on Investment. Attention then moves to the consumer
sector with talks on the latest legislation headed by Stuart Hopewell.

The conference also welcomes learners with a special lunch to celebrate
those who will be graduating into the industry. Also relevant to newcomers
and anyone who wants to develop their career is a session on career
advancement with representatives from BUPA Wellness Finance and Credit
Insurance Brokers, where experienced professionals will offer their guidance
and advice in how to succeed in credit management. This session will be
chaired by David Ancliffe.

After lunch, a series of informal practical sessions are also featured with talks led by senior members from British Gas Business, Debt Buyers & Sellers Group, e-on, Pitney Bowes, TSL Education and 3A Credit in China discussing topics such as people, processes, risk management, consumer, international and collections.

Before Philip King voices his closing thoughts and the conference reconvenes
for the awards dinner in the evening, Managing Director of Birmingham City
Football Club, Karren Brady will also deliver her views on the current
crisis and how she has succeeded in business.

Director General of the ICM Philip King comments: This year's conference is undoubtedly the most significant and important yet and I think the attention to the different areas of interest and the speakers we have involved is testament to that. I am sure everyone attending will find it incredibly informative and helpful in getting through what is likely to be a very challenging year.