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 at last year’s event year. Here’s hoping we are as successful again this time around. Good luck to all the finalists.
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 entitled Credit Information – Under the Microscope.
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 is on Friday 12th June, at the beautiful Studley Wood Golf course.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
We were delighted to be featured in this month's CICM CM Magazine. Read below for the comments from Mike Padmore our Technical Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love the family feel of the office and how everyone is happy to help each other!
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.
We have a new vacancy at CoCredo for a Customer Service Administrator (to cover maternity leave) starting in January 2019.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this month a meeting by the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) was held to discuss concerns regarding the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans. They fear that there are parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008.
It is no secret that high street retailers are struggling in today’s current climate. With the switch to online shopping and rising business rates, times are hard. The latest casualty last week was Debenhams, revealing that they are to close 50 stores and cut 4000 jobs, which is the biggest loss in its 240 year history. They have however denied that the company will be going through the insolvency process.
CoCredo were thrilled to be asked to take part in Forums International’s new webinar sessions that will become a monthly event. The chosen topic at this month’s session, run by Joanne Day, our Partner Manager, was Innovation in Credit.
We were delighted to see so many customers joining in to listen to the presentation. Areas covered included: What is innovation, why innovation is important, what innovations we have seen and our innovation process.
According to Transparency International, 766 companies registered in the UK have been directly involved in laundering stolen money from at least 13 countries.
The latest official figures reveal that £90bn is laundered in crime proceeds through the UK each year with the government estimating that financial fraud alone costs the UK economy £6.8bn per year.
Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that we "must prepare" for a no-deal Brexit, with political difference between EU leaders at an all time high.
With less than 200 days until the UK leaves the EU, concerns are growing that the country will leave the bloc without a deal in place. Earlier this week Mrs May said the two parties remain a "long way apart" on two major Brexit issues, and negotiations have reached an "impasse".
The Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon was the setting for this year’s glamorous Credit & Collections Technology 2018 Awards and CoCredo were delighted to be nominated for 3 awards: