The event follows on from the pre-Christmas Credit Forum which was the best attended ever, with 20 housewares and DIY suppliers around the table.
Aimed primarily at credit and finance professionals within supplier businesses, BHETA’s Credit Forums are open to all members and update attendees on the latest credit and risk management issues in retail trading.
The March event, which will be hosted Experian, is workshop- and discussion-based. The agenda includes the current trading climate, specific retail accounts and how they are performing against trading terms, topical issues such as corporate purchases and reinvestment, as well as a general overview of the retail sector.
BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones commented: “While cynics could argue that it’s the challenging nature of the times which has motivated the rising turnout, the general conversation at BHETA credit forums is actually getting more upbeat.
“Inevitably, certain retail names are mentioned – as they always are – but now these namechecks are very much in the context of starting or restarting relationships in the wake of new investments.
“It’s all about mutual support yielding mutual benefit, and the overall conclusion is that while times might still be challenging, and the High Street is still a difficult place, there are a good number of retailers reporting growth including positive Christmas volumes, and it is an increasingly opportune time to explore all these routes to market again.”
BHETA members who have not previously been to a Credit Forum are invited free of charge on the first occasion. A full Credit Forum membership costs £350 per annum for the three sessions.
BHETA members interested in attending should contact the BHETA Member Services Team on 0121 237 1130 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.