Retail sector update at BHETA credit forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next Credit Forum at its headquarters in central Birmingham on Wednesday November 11..

The proceedings will include an update on credit and risk management issues in the retail sector, presented by Steve Hamstead of Reynolds Trade Credit and Brent Cumming of Experian, who are jointly hosting the event.

The Forum, which is workshop and discussion-based, is aimed at credit and finance professionals. Topics include the trading climate, and specific retail accounts and how they are performing against trading terms, as well as a general overview of retail.

All BHETA member companies are eligible to attend and those who have not previously been to a Credit Forum are invited free of charge.  Credit Forums take place three times a year and a full Credit Forum membership costs £350 per annum for the three sessions.

Commenting on the event, homewares sector director Will Jones said: “During the current financial environment, we believe that being a member of the Credit Forum brings many benefits – not least mutual support and shared experiences. All companies should be looking to improve their risk management and the networking opportunity always proves very valuable as well.”

Existing Credit Forum member James Dowdeswell of Simplehuman UK added: “The BHETA credit forum is always impeccably organised, with industry experts available for comments at all times. The duration of the meetings allows for a mix of subjects to be presented around the core area of commercial credit control.  The ability to establish a strong feedback loop from similarly-placed suppliers is invaluable in making key credit decisions. It’s well worth the investment.”

BHETA members interested in attending should contact Dawn Clarke in the Member Services Team on 0121 237 1130 or email at

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