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.marlowfm.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the Credit Excellence Awards in the Risk category at this year’s CCR Interactive.
The Credit Excellence Awards have established themselves as a real ‘judge of excellence’ in the industry, as applicants compete to win one of only 10 awards. Each shortlist of finalists is made up of only three of the ‘industry’s finest’, so we feel extremely privileged to be nominated.
This month we take a look at the huge debt crisis that Houser of Fraser has found itself in and how major brands are owed millions of pounds and stand to make little back following its administration.
Figures have emerged of how much the struggling department store, which fell into administration before being bought by Sports Direct for £90 million, owes its various suppliers.
A positive global trend to strengthen corporate balance sheets and reduce gearing is masking a rise in leverage in vulnerable sectors and regions, creating hotspots of increased risk for cross-border trade, according to the world’s leading trade credit insurer Euler Hermes.
A report was published earlier this month by the House of Commons highlighting the differences in pay between male and female employees. Below is a summary of the findings from the report.
The gender pay gap measures the difference in hourly earnings of men and women. At an aggregate level, the existence of a considerable gap has been well established: the median across the economy is 18% in favour of men. At an organisational level, the new figures reveal some alarming truths: gender pay gaps of over 40% are not uncommon in some sectors; 78% of organisations reporting have gender pay gaps in favour in men. We found that 1,377 employers (13% of the total), including many household names, have gender pay gaps of over 30%. The UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Europe. This must be closed, not only in the interests of fairness and promoting diversity at the highest levels of our business community, but in order to improve the country’s economic performance. The penalties of working part-time, both financial and in terms of career progression, are a major contributory factor to the continuing failure to fully utilise the talents of women.
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in not 1 but 3 categories in the Credit & Collections Technology Awards 2018.
The awards are:
- Credit Reference & Information solution
The latest business insolvency figures for Q2 2018 (April to June) have been published and indicate that in England and Wales, the number of company insolvencies has fallen 12.4% compared to 2018 Q1 but has risen 12% compared to the same period last year.
CoCredo are very proud to be corporate partners with Forums International. Our MD Dan Hancocks is an active member of the Credit Professionals group and attends many of the forums events and meetings throughout the year.
Back in October 2017 Dan gave a presentation to a group of forum members to gain their feedback on credit scoring in the UK. The group looked at various providers in the market and members were surprised to see the range of different credit scores offered using relatively the same data. Dan used this session to gather information on how people used the information provided for their decision-making processes. He was also seeing if his prediction of having two credit scores to compare, made for a more informed decision.
We are delighted to announce that we have uploaded some new client testimonial videos to our website and YouTube channel.
We visited four customers from all over the UK and spoke to them about how they feel about using CoCredo and our products and services. We had great fun interviewing and finding out about their businesses.
You can see them at: https://www.cocredo.co.uk/about/customer-testimonials
Results from a five-year study, carried out by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM), on the use and application of credit in driving the UK economy have been published. It found that credit managers are more confident today than in previous years, despite ongoing uncertainties over the economy and Brexit.
Can you believe it…It’s been over a month since we launched our NEW Dual Report and we are pleased to say that we have been delighted by the uptake and positive reaction that we’ve had from our customers.
We would like to wish our very own Emma Irving and her husband Ali a huge congratulations on the birth of their beautiful baby boy Callum. Weighing in at a healthy 8lb 5oz he was a week overdue, making poor Emma wait to see him...but as you can see he was definitely worth waiting for!
Thank you to all our customers and friends who helped support the Oxford Children's Golf Day this year at Studley Wood, your support was greatly appreciated. As many of you know this cause is very close to our MD Dan Hancock's heart, as the hospital gave his little boy Jack three life-saving operations eight years ago.
Late payments are putting significant pressure on business cash flows and it is no surprise to see that more and more companies are using the courts to obtain money that is outstanding.
During the first quarter of the year the total value of adverse county court judgments (CCJs) recorded in England and Wales rose sharply, according to figures released earlier this month by Registry Trust.
Here at CoCredo, the team were delighted to join our MD Dan Hancocks on stage at this year’s Buckinghamshire Business Awards to help him collect his award for Business Leader of the Year.
This annual award ceremony recognises and rewards the achievements of organisations both large and small from across the county and CoCredo have been lucky enough over the last 4 years to have won Excellence in Customer Services, Small Business of the Year and Company of the Year.
1 is Good…2 is Better
CoCredo Launch New Dual Report
We were delighted to unveil our new DUAL Reports on 14th May by holding a launch event for customers at our beautiful offices in Missenden Abbey.
Today we are excited to be launching our New Dual Report, which has been over a year in the making and is a brand-new concept to the credit industry.
The new DUAL Reporting Service promises to make the lives of our customers (including those who currently use multiple providers) considerably easier. The first of its kind, this service is looking to take the credit industry by storm.
To enable us to offer this premium service we have added an additional leading data supplier to our portfolio. This means you will now be able to view the best data from both suppliers alongside each other in one report, gaining a more detailed overview of a company and combining the best bits of both. The reports will have the same look and feel as our current reports but you will now be able to view two providers' opinions and perspectives.
A recent report commissioned exclusively for the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM), has sought to determine the state of the Credit Management Nation. Findings show that Credit managers are untroubled by Brexit, unimpressed by new regulation, and keen to see how new technology can enhance performance in the future.
Just as we gain one member of staff we are temporarily saying goodbye to another!!
Our lovely Emma in Customer Services is leaving to have her first baby! Her last day is next Thursday 3rd May and we hope she will be returning early next year. We are all so happy for her and her husband and wish them all the best with their new arrival. We’ll keep you posted when the new baby comes along!