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Transparency: Virginia Commission Makes No Recommendation on Credit Reporting Bill

The Virginia Small Business Commission made no recommendation on Virginia House Bill 2198 this week, leaving the commercial credit reporting bill effectively dead for the remainder of the year. The credit information industry and the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) are opposed to HB 2198 since its introduction in January, and will continue to oppose it as the debate ... Read More »

BIIA in Action: BIIA Chairman David Worlock Presented at Hong Kong CIO Awards 2013 Program

Leaders were recognized for IT leadership excellence by Computerworld HK and CIO Connect.  BIIA Chairman David Worlock spoke on the subject “The Future of Information marketplaces”  (BIIA – David Worlock Nov 2013) Chief information officers (CIOs) from industry-leading companies in Hong Kong and Macau have been recognized for their professional excellence with Ted Suen, Head of IT at MTRC and ... Read More »

BIIA Website Traffic Soars

Appearances of BIIA Directors at recent industry events are probably one of the causes for renewed interest in BIIA as the unique visitor count peaked at 44,753 with 81.2% being new visitors.  These visitors pulled over 189,905 pages from www.biia.com Another reason is the fact that BIIA has become one of the largest networks and information sources for business information ... Read More »

BIIA in Action: Joint Conference with the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

BIIA Chairman David Worlock and BIIA Deputy Managing Director Phil Cotter were part of BIIA’s joint conference with the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.   Back from Hong Kong David Worlock provides this inspiring summary of this event: “Looking out of a Hong Kong Club window earlier this week around 8 pm I observed the ... Read More »

SME Access to Finance Curtailed as Banks to Shed High Risk-Weighted Assets

In order to comply with Basel III adequacy rules banks are further deleveraging impacting negatively lending to SMEs.  The issue is that SMEs are classified as higher risk-weighted assets. Banks have pulled back their corporate lending in nearly all Eurozone countries since mid-2012. But the steepest falls have been in “peripheral” countries, with Spain leading the way as outstanding loans ... Read More »

The Digital Event Revolution

BIIA Chairman David Worlock was present last week in Seoul at the 80th Congress of the UFI, the Paris-based trade association which represents both conference and exhibition organizers. His observations or thinking can be read in his latest blog “the Digital Event Revolution”.   Nothing has higher value in the world of B2B than events.  Markets and valuations all reflect this. ... Read More »

Where to Get an Education in B2B Content Marketing?

I recently got my hands on a copy of Joe Pulizzi’s new book, Epic Content Marketing, and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Truth is, as content marketing has exploded in the last couple of years, a jillion books on the subject have come along.  But this is the one to acquire for your marketing library, for two ... Read More »

BIIA in Action: BIIA Chairman David Worlock at the UFI Congress

More than 400 industry leaders are attending UFI Congress in Seoul, Korea, the annual event of the Global Association of the Exhibit Industry.  The event is taking place from 13th to 16th of November. Hosted by the Association of Korea Exhibition Industry (AKEI), this year’s event is themed ‘Managing for the future’, where industry CEOs and strategic thinkers have gathered ... Read More »

Credit Information Q3 2013 Growth Rates are Buffeted by Headwinds

Headwinds almost everywhere!  From marketing to credit information and ratings.  Comments to this effect came from the CEOs of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion although Equifax’s growth rates were above those of its competitors.  The headwinds appear to be in mortgage markets retarding growth. Experian’s organic growth was 6% while Equifax grew organically by 9%.  Equifax’s commercial solutions grew at 10%, unfortunately ... Read More »

Unintended Consequences: New Proposed EU Data Protection Rules May Retard Access to Finance for Consumers

A major overhaul of current EU data protection rules was voted by the EU Civil Liberties Committee this week. The new rules are to replace the current “patchwork of national laws” and the EU Civil Liberties Committee is pushing for a fast track ratification by member states. The new rules are supposed to put people in control of their personal ... Read More »

BIIA Appoints David Knowles, Marketing Director of Creditsafe as a Director

David Knowles has been elected as a director of BIIA during its October 16th board meeting. David Knowles is Marketing Director at Creditsafe Group, one of Europe’s most used provider of business information.   In the last seven years he has overseen the re-launch and development of the Creditsafe brand under its “Simply Smarter” strap-line building a point of difference ... Read More »

Identity Theft: Vietnamese National Indicted by Department of Justice

According to a press release by the Department of Justice a Vietnamese national has been indicted in the District of New Hampshire for allegedly participating in an international scheme to steal and sell hundreds of thousands of Americans’ personally identifiable information (PII) through various underground websites that he operated. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was charged in a ... Read More »