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14
Feb 2020

Fallen out of love with your current credit report provider?

If this is the case, we’ve caught you just at the right time!

At CoCredo we offer a refreshingly different approach to credit reporting. Our system is so simple to use and gives you all the information you need at the click of a button.

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14
Feb 2020

Fall in love with our Dual Report

It’s that time of the year when the cheesy cards come out, flowers are double the price and it’s acceptable
to use images of cute dogs in your marketing!

Today, many companies will try to sell you something with a tenuous Valentine’s Day link, so being one to totally jump on the bandwagon here goes...

At CoCredo we have a saying that ‘one is good, two is better.’ Of course, we're talking about our Dual Report (told you it was a tenuous link!).

CoCredo's award-winning Dual Report has been designed to show you two leading credit information providers’ opinions alongside each other in one
easy to read report. This enables you to compare credit limits, risk scores and report data, whilst saving your business both time and money.

If you currently use more than one provider for your credit reports, this product could be your knight in shining armour!

Click here to find out how much our customers love the Dual Report and to watch a short film about how it all works.

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10
Feb 2020

Switching credit information providers to CoCredo is easy as pie

 

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23
Jan 2020

Have you stuck to your New Year's resolutions

We’re now well into January and if you’re anything like us here at CoCredo, you may have already broken some of your New Year’s Resolutions! Jane has been at the chocolates, Josh hasn’t made it to the gym and Dan hasn’t had any early nights - you get the picture!

Here’s one resolution we recommend you should aim to start…running business credit checks!

In today's volatile business environment, credit checking the companies you work with is vital. We all saw the loss of some well-known entities last year such as Mothercare, Thomas Cook, Jamie’s Italian and Patisserie Valerie to name but a few; which only goes to prove that no business is safe.

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23
Jan 2020

Late payments affecting mental health of many SME owners

According to the latest research from Pay.uk, (which runs the Bacs Direct Credit and Direct Debit payment services) late payments are affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many small business owners.

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22
Jan 2020

Jo has her baby!

We have some lovely news to share with you…our Partner Manager Joanne Day left to have her baby just before Christmas. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl on 28th December and they named her Holly! Both mother and baby are doing well. We even had a visit from Jo and Louise this week where we got to have a little cuddle with the babies.

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17
Jan 2020

The CICM British Credit Awards are fast approaching

Here at CoCredo, we are looking forward to getting our glad rags on and attending the British Credit Awards next month. We are delighted to be finalists in the B2B Supplier category and MD Dan Hancocks is shortlisted for Credit Professional of the Year.

It is always a great event to meet with customers and friends within the industry for a catch-up, so if you're going let us know and we will come and say hello!

We may have mentioned (at least 100 times!!) that we were so proud to take home the Credit Information Provider of the Year and Business Lear of the Year awards at last year’s event year. Here’s hoping we are as successful again this time around. Good luck to all the finalists.

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14
Jan 2020

Dan presents at the CPF

As you are probably aware, CoCredo prides itself on its strong partnership with Forums International. Dan was honoured to be invited along to present to the Credit Professionals Forum in Bracknell last week. His talk was titled Credit Information – Under the Microscope. 

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12
Jan 2020

Charity Golf Date Announced

It only feels like 5 minutes ago that we were talking about last year’s Oxford Children’s Hospital Golf day, but time flies when you’re having fun!

The date for this year’s golf day has been announced and it is on Friday 12th June, at the beautiful Studley Wood Golf course.

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6
Jan 2020

Our year in pictures...

2019 was a great year for us at CoCredo. The highlight being winning the coveted CICM Credit Information Provider of the Year award. We made a short film showing you what we got up to.

We hope 2020 is a wonderful year for all our customers.

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29
Nov 2019

Dan's Fundraising Achievements Recognised at Awards Ceremony

CoCredo’s MD, Dan Hancocks, has been overwhelmed to find out that he has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s Oxford Hospital’s Annual Awards, in the Charity Supporter of the Year category.

Now in its eighth year, the Annual Staff Recognition Awards provides an opportunity for staff at the hospital to be nominated by colleagues in recognition of their dedication, hard work and outstanding achievements, which exemplify the values of the Trust.

Over 1,600 people were nominated for special recognition this year, across 12 award categories including Doctor of the Year; Nurse/Midwife of the Year; Allied Health Professional/Pharmacist/Healthcare Scientist of the Year and Oxford Charity Supporter of the Year to name but a few.

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28
Nov 2019

Spotlight on Forums International

This month we wanted to highlight the great work of Forums International of which CoCredo are proud Corporate Partners.

Laurie and Lynn who together run Forums International, are highly regarded within the credit industry and bring with them a wealth of knowledge.

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28
Nov 2019

Dan Features in CM Magazine Wish List

 

MD Dan Hancocks was pleased to be selected to feature in this month's CM Magazine, alongside fellow Think Tank members. 

Watch out for it dropping through your letterbox or read it online by logging in to the Members area of the CICM website http://bit.ly/2djq0oL

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28
Nov 2019

CoCredo Delighted by Award Nominations

CoCredo has been blown away by receiving not just one but 4 award nominations this month. 

News came this week that we have been shortlisted for 2 awards at the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (British Credit Awards 2020). These awards are the most prestigious awards in the industry, and we are proud to have been nominated every year for the last 8 years. Last year we were honoured to win Credit Information Provider of the Year and Employer of the Year. This year we are in the B2B Supplier category and MD Dan Hancocks is shortlisted for Credit Professional of the Year.

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25
Nov 2019

CoCredo in finals of SME Awards

CoCredo is delighted to be a finalist at the SME MK & Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2020 in the Business of the Year (less than 50 Employees) and Service Excellence categories.

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21
Nov 2019

Christmas opening hours

We thought we would give you lots of advance notice about our opening hours over the festive season. 

Our last working day before the Christmas break will be 24th December, when we will be finishing at 1 pm.

Between Christmas and New Year we will be operating reduced Customer Service. If you have any urgent queries during this time please call 01494 790600 and leave a voicemail and one of the team will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email customerservice@cocredo.com.

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15
Nov 2019

Meet the team - Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

    I'm Rachel Smith and I am a Partner Manager
  2. How long have you worked at CoCredo?

    4 weeks!
  3. What do you like about the company?

    Everyone is so friendly and a real team.

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4
Nov 2019

CoCredo features in this month's CM Magazine

We were delighted to be featured in this month's CICM CM Magazine. Read below for the comments from Mike Padmore our Technical Director.

 

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22
Oct 2019

CoCredo hosts AICDP Event

Dan Hancocks chairing the Brexit Debate

At the end of last month, we hosted an AICDP event at Missenden Abbey last week. It was great to see so many of our customers there.

The main focus was on Brexit but we also had a close friend of CoCredo, Richard Osbourn, from Robust speaking about Companies House reform. We also had a speaker from Peak Performance Potential who discussed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.

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30
Sep 2019

Meet the team - Michelle Muggeridge

Michelle Muggeridge

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

    I'm Michelle Muggeridge and I am an Account Manager
  2. How long have you worked at CoCredo?

    2 weeks!
  3. What do you like about the company?

    CoCredo is a smaller company than I am used to and I like that. They are caring and friendly and they take all the feedback they receive and move forward quickly

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27
Sep 2019

CoCredo in final of Lending Awards

We are delighted to announce that we are finalists in the Lending Awards being held on 12th November. This is the first time we have entered these particular awards and we are pleased to be listed alongside four other finalists in the 'Best Credit Information Provider' category.

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26
Sep 2019

International Snapshot Reports

In addition to our "Full" International Reports, we can now offer a "Snapshot" report, which is available within 3 working days. These reports are ideal for customers who need to make a very quick decision on an international company and where time is of the essence.

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25
Sep 2019

AICDP Event - 21st October

At CoCredo, we are excited to be hosting the next AICDP (Association of International Credit Directors and Professionals) event at Missenden Abbey. The event is focused on Brexit and will be looking at how prepared Credit Professionals are and what it means for the future. Alongside this, Richard Osborne will be discussing the topic of changes at Companies House, plus we will be looking at the legal side of debt escalation.

It promises to be an insightful day with the chance to network with members of the AICDP, meet the team here at CoCredo and enjoy lunch. After the event, there will be networking drinks with the option to stay overnight (charge applicable) at the Abbey if required. There is also plenty of parking on site. 

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1
Aug 2019

CoCredo in finals of Credit & Collections Technology Awards

We are delighted to announce that CoCredo is a finalist in the Credit & Collections Technology Awards 2019, in the Credit Reference and Information Solution category.

Last year our MD Dan Hancocks was honoured to receive the award for Technology Innovator Person of the Year at the same awards, so to discover that we are in the running again this year is fantastic.

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18
Jul 2019

CoCredo reach the finals of the SME National Business Awards

Here at CoCredo, we are over the moon to be finalists in the SME National Business Awards 2019 in the Business Innovation category. We are up against 14 other finalists in this category, which is sponsored by the University of Buckingham, so competition will be fierce.

The summary of the award is: "Innovation in your business means doing something new, different, smarter or better that will make a positive difference. Innovation, therefore, ranges from implementing a time-saving office procedure to a brand-new product."

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17
Jul 2019

One-fifth of self-employed sole traders don’t survive one year

According to a report carried out by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, which analysed HMRC tax records, a fifth of businesses started by Britain’s sole traders don’t survive one year and the majority don’t survive five years. This research was funded by the Office for National Statistics through the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) and the Economic and Social Research Council.

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17
Jul 2019

CoCredo continues to support Corporate Transparency and Reform

 

Picture: Richard Osbourn, presenting at Forums International earlier this month.

You may remember back in our last newsletter we discussed the campaign group, Robust, and their campaign for greater defences against money laundering and enhanced due diligence checks at Companies House. 

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12
Jul 2019

Golf day raises thousands for Children's Charity

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards helping us raise an extraordinary amount of money for the Oxford Children's Hospital at the annual golf day at Studley Golf Course.

The weather on the day was mixed with sunshine and showers throughout but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the golfers who came out to play. We even saw a team show up in matching kilts!

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8
Jul 2019

CoCredo join Forums International as their latest Corporate Partner

We are proud announce that CoCredo are the latest Corporate Partner to join Forums International supporting credit professionals across the globe. Our MD Dan Hancocks (MCICM) has been a supporter of Forums for a number of years and has decided the time was right to become a Corporate Partner of both the Credit Professional Forums (CPF) and the Senior Management Forum (SMF).

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5
Jul 2019

CoCredo joins AICDP as UK Corporate Partner

We are proud to announce that CoCredo has joined the AICDP (The Association of International Credit Directors and Professionals) as the UK Corporate Partner.

The AICDP is an organisation for Credit professionals of all levels. It is a membership organisation for Credit Professionals, helping to raise standards and share best practice in the UK, Europe and beyond.

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5
Jul 2019

CoCredo featured in CM Magazine

It was great to see our MD Dan featured in this month's Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) CM Magazine, discussing tech that the team here at CoCredo can't do without on a daily basis.

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4
Jul 2019

AFPA Trust Summer Networking & Charity Event

 
Our Marketing Manager Jane Bray and Corporate Account Manager Joshua Edwards enjoyed a great day at the AFPA Trust Summer Networking & Charity Yacht Event earlier this month where 150 industry professionals met to network and raise funds for charity.

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30
May 2019

CoCredo celebrates the Dual Report

As mentioned in our last newsletter we were due to be celebrating the year anniversary of the Dual Report in May. We, of course, did it in proper CoCredo style, with cake and an offer for all our customers, to discover the benefits of this wonderful product for FREE!! 

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10
May 2019

Business insolvencies increase

The latest insolvency statistics have been released from the Insolvency Service. The release contains information on companies who are unable to pay debts and face liquidation or enter administration or other company rescue process.

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10
May 2019

Suspension of 17 signatories from Prompt Payment Code

Last week the CICM wrote a press release about the Prompt Payment Code and how there have been 17 signatories from the list of organisations who have been suspended due to failing to comply. Here we look at the release written by Phillip King, Chief Executive of the CICM .

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10
May 2019

Oxford Children's Hospital Charity Golf Day

The annual Oxford Children's Hospital Charity Golf Day will be upon us next month and there are still a couple of Fourball spaces left. To register go to: https://ochgolfday.org/ product/fourball/

There are also still a few sponsorship options available and you can view these at https://ochgolfday.org/ product-category/ sponsorship/. The day is a great way to raise your company profile to a range of businesses and players.

Last year the event raised £35,000 and we would love to help them raise over that amount this year. It is a great day out and a firm favourite with everyone who attends.

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6
May 2019

Dan talks on Marlow FM

You may have seen from our social media posts that our MD, Dan Hancocks, recently took part in the Buzz, a business show on Marlow FM.

He was asked to take part by local businessman Mark Harris who presents the show. Alongside Dan was local sculptor Lydia Smith. They discussed business topics, including; High street closures, sponsorship of the arts, the benefits of listening to Podcasts for business, increasing self-esteem and how creative subjects are being pushed out of schools.

If you would like to listen to the show it is now available to stream or download at https://www.marlow fm.co.uk/listenagain - select The Buzz from the first drop down menu and Thursday 2nd May.

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30
Apr 2019

CoCredo in finals of Credit Awards

We are delighted to announce that CoCredo is a finalist in the Credit Strategy Awards being held in London on 16th May 2019.

We have been shortlisted in the Credit Information Provider of the Year category alongside three other finalists. Click here to see the shortlist: https://www.creditstrategy.co.uk/ creditawards/info/ 20th-credit-awards-shortlist

The winners are selected by an independent judging panel of hand selected professionals in the industry who have worked to ensure that each decision is fair and impartial.

We will let you know how we get on in a few weeks, keep your eyes peeled on social media for the results.

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27
Apr 2019

Gemma from Customer Services has a baby girl

We are thrilled to announce that Gemma Brown from our customer service team gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last month. Mother and baby are doing well.

We have had a visit from Gemma and we all had a cuddle with the baby! Natalie Harrison has joined the team to cover Gemma’s maternity leave and is already proving to be a great asset to CoCredo.

Emma Irving has also come back from her maternity leave, (where has the time gone!) so if you need any support, call them on the usual 01494 790600 number and they will be able to assist you.

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15
Feb 2019

CoCredo Win Business Innovation Award

 

Love was in the air for CoCredo at the SME Bucks and MK Business Awards last night as we managed to scoop the award for Business Innovation.

David and Lisa Boots (husband and wife who both work at CoCredo) attended the event that was held on valentines evening. After a chance to network and enjoy a sit-down meal, the ceremony got under way.

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15
Feb 2019

CoCredo Named as Credit Information Provider of the Year

Still reeling from last year’s award success’s, we attended the British Credit Awards 2019 in London last week, with high hopes, as we were shortlisted in not just 1 but 3 categories.

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15
Feb 2019

Oxford Children's Hospital Charity Golf Day 2019

It’s that time of year again when we start looking forward to the warm spring weather and the annual Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity Golf Day! This year it is being held on Friday 14th June at the favoured venue of Studley Wood Golf Club.

Last year’s event raised £35,000, which equates to a phenomenal £135,000 over the last 7 years!

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15
Feb 2019

Meet the Team

Natalie Harrison

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

    I'm Natalie Harrison and I am a Customer Service Administrator here at CoCredo
  2. How long have you worked at CoCredo?

    2 weeks!
  3. What do you like about the company?

    I love the family feel of the office and how everyone is happy to help each other!

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10
Jan 2019

Staying one step ahead...

 

2018 was a brutal year for many high street retailers, with the loss of some big players.

The Christmas period was a mixed bag with some shops exceeding expectations but many falling below the mark as predicted.

With retailers disappearing from our high streets seemingly by the month, would you be able to spot the warning signs? One of the latest casualties, Yorkshire-based menswear retailer Greenwoods, has recently collapsed less than 18 months after it was rescued from administration. It is not yet known if a new owner will be found.

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18
Dec 2018

We're Hiring!

We have a new vacancy at CoCredo for a Customer Service Administrator (to cover maternity leave) starting in January 2019.

Responsibilities Include:

- Liaising with key suppliers and ensuring SLAs are met
- Acting as first line of contact for customer service queries
- Managing of report investigations
- Administrative support across the business where required

£19-21k* Based on skills and experience. Plus quarterly bonus (based on team performance) and benefits including private medical healthcare and pension.

Full training given.

If you would like to know more, please get in contact with dan.hancocks@cocredo.com

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10
Dec 2018

CoCredo in Finals of SME MK & Buckinghamshire Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that we have reached the finals of the SME MK & Buckinghamshire Business Awards in the Best Enterprising Business and Business Innovation categories.

These awards celebrate the achievements of local businesses in the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire area. Last time we were runners up, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for award success this time around! Good luck to everyone involved.

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28
Nov 2018

Newsletter Update

We have been reviewing our marketing activities and have had internal discussions about the readership of our newsletter and how much time people have at the end of the month to read it. We are now proposing to produce a bi-monthly newsletter in the 3rd week of every other month. We would like to gauge your feedback on this. If you have any comments on the newsletter and our communications, please contact our Marketing Manager Jane Bray at jane.bray@cocredo.com

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28
Nov 2018

Judgments in England and Wales Soar

Judgments against businesses in England and Wales jumped nearly a third during the third quarter of 2018, compared with the same period a year ago, according to figures released by Registry Trust.

Registry Trust is the Registrar of Judgments, Orders and Fines in England and Wales (on behalf of the Ministry of Justice). In addition, it collects, verifies and publishes judgment information from jurisdictions across the British Isles and Ireland.

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28
Nov 2018

Double CICMQ Congratulations

We are delighted to congratulate two of our longstanding customers, Aggregate Industries and Anixter for both recently obtaining their CICMQ quality accreditation.

The Chartered Institute of Credit Management’s, CICMQ accreditation is “A formal recognition of an organisation’s commitment to quality, continuous improvement and best practice in all things credit.” It is applicable to all sizes of business, across all industries and the CICM have many FTSE100 companies on board.

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27
Nov 2018

CoCredo Shortlisted in British Credit Awards 2019

We are thrilled to announce that CoCredo has been shortlisted for not just one but three awards at this year’s CICM British Credit  Awards 2019. We are finalists in: Credit Information Provider of the Year, Project of the Year and Employer of the Year.

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