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Preparing for financial uncertainty? – a blog by Philip King FCICM

23 March 2017 We now know that Article 50 will be triggered next Wednesday and the real journey towards Brexit will commence. I’ve written previously about all the parallel negotiations that will be taking place, and I believe we’ll see the real impact of Brexit over the next couple of years and beyond. All we’ve […]

Grasp the apprenticeship nettle – a blog by Philip King FCICM

9 March 2017 This is National Apprenticeship Week and many organisations are seizing the opportunity to raise awareness of the apprentice schemes in which they are involved. The CICM is among them as we promote our three levels of apprenticeships. Funding for qualification and a clear link between job roles and qualification make this the […]

A recipe for good management – a blog by Philip King FCICM

2 March 2017 I was privileged to see and hear Jim Collins at London Excel on Tuesday at an event organised by Growth Faculty and supported by Vistage. He is, of course, famous for a series of best-selling management books: Beyond Entrepreneurship, Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice. It […]

Expect the unexpected – a blog by Philip King FCICM

16 February 2017 I’ve been privileged to chair the CICM Credit Industry Think Tank for several years now and there is always plenty of insight and fascinating discussion. Earlier this week we received two presentations, one from Dun & Bradstreet focused on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is rapidly coming down the tracks, […]

“…half a million downloads…” – a blog by Philip King FCICM

3 February 2017 Back in Spring 2008, the ICM (as it was then) produced a leaflet ‘Combating the Crunch’ to alert businesses to the importance of the credit management basics if we entered a period of recession. By the time it was fully circulated, it was evident that the credit crunch was reality and no […]

Vanity Fair? – a blog by Philip King FCICM

26 January 2017 This week has seen the much-heralded launch of the Government’s Building our Industrial Strategy green paper; see here.  The paper has received widespread media coverage and the 10 “pillars” have been examined and dissected by numerous commentators. I would like to comment on just one: “supporting businesses to start and grow”. The […]

“I take exception to…” – a blog by Philip King FCICM

19 January 2017 I’ve been pleased to see activity on our social media channels from CICM learners recently. They have been sharing their success in recent exams and are delighted to be making progress in their career journeys. One particular student tweeted that the CICM’s virtual classroom learning “really does work”. That’s music to to […]

Seeing is believing – a blog by Philip King FCICM

12 January 2017 I’m speaking at an event organised by Mentoring Britain in Norwich this evening, talking to a number of entrepreneurs in the area who are starting, or are looking to grow, a business. We all know that cashflow is king for all businesses, but it’s particularly true in the early days of a […]

Focus-Feeling-Impact – a blog by Philip King FCICM

5 January 2017 2017 is going to be an exciting year as we start implementing the strategy that was the outcome of the research we conducted earlier last year, and to which many of you contributed – thank you. Our new Advisory Council and Executive Board are now established, we are adding necessary skills and expertise to our HQ team so […]

A time for reflection and gratitude – a blog by Philip King

22 December 2016 We approach the end of the working 2016 and a surprisingly increasing number already seem to have reached that point judging from the auto-replies I’ve received this week. As I get closer to a period of rest and relaxation with my family my heart goes out to those in the retail sector. […]