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£585 plus VAT per person for Members and Affiliates
£985 plus VAT per person for Non-Members


To book your tickets for the 1st Annual ABFA Conference please CLICK HERE
Preferred room rates for Annual Conference attendees (agreed from Sunday
11th November 2007 - Sunday 18th November 2007 inclusive) - Double Room for
Single Occupancy - 200 Euros, Double Room for Double Occupancy - 265 Euros.
To book your room/s at the Hilton Stucky, Venice please CLICK HERE


* Please note that the special conference rate is only available to those that book on
the ABFA Annual Conference. If you book a room at the hotel during the conference,
but do not place a booking for the Conference, your booking will not be upheld.
**We recommend you fly into Marco Polo Airport.



Kate Silverton

Kate is perhaps best known as one half of the nations most watched breakfast programme, BBC Breakfast - presenting three and a half hours of live television Monday to Thursday alongside Dermot Murngahan. A hugely popular presenter she has thousands of live broadcasting hours to her credit as a regular presenter on BBC News 24.This year Kate has reported for Panorama and presented the 7th July Bombing Memorial programme for BBC1 and a world audience.Kate has been a regular face on Five’s The Wright Stuff debating topical issues alongside Sir Richard Branson and Ann Widdecombe, and co-hosted BBC Radio Five Live’s Breakfast Show in 2005 amongst many other credits. Kate originally trained as a Corporate Financier with a London Investment Bank.
She has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Durham and spent a year reading Arabic and Middle Eastern History and Politics.


Doug Richards

Having appeared in the second series of Dragons’ Den, Doug is the founder and Chairman of Library House, Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Cambridge Angels,
Co-Founder and Chairman of Hotxt and Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force. Doug is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, both in the US and in the UK.


Ardal O’Hanlon

Multi-award winning comedian and actor, Ardal O’Hanlon, is one of the most acclaimed artists to break through the comedy industry in recent years. His live comedy act is a spellbinding fusion of off beat stories and confident polished material, with life enhancing observations and unexpected twists. His originality and talent ensure that there is no other performer like him. A previous winner of no less than three ‘Best Comedian’ awards, in addition to his stand-up comedy, Ardal has an extensive list of both acting and comedy television credits to his name. It was, however, his consummate starring role in ‘Father Ted’, which initially propelled Ardal in to public attention.




Wednesday 14th November


Delegate registration - Hotel Check-In area


Welcome Reception - Venue - Palazzo Pisani Moretta *Masks Encouraged (please note timings may vary)

Sponsored by Credit IQ


Thursday 15th November

Conference Host Kate Silverton


Opening Address Ted Ettershank,
ABFA Chairman


FDA/IFG research - European Legislation
Kate Sharp, ABFA and Eric Timmermans, IFG


Entrepreneurial Leadership and the mind
of an Entrepreneur Doug Richards

11:15-11:35 Coffee break
11:35-12:00 Supplier Finance - Threat or Opportunity
Tim Corbett, Fortis Commercial Finance
12:00-12:30 ABL - The Client’s Point of View Two ABL clients discuss their experience
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 After Lunch Speaker Ardal O’Hanlon
14:30-15:00 Staying Focussed - The Invoice Finance Panel. A panel of smaller ABFA members, debate their future Chair - Jeff Longhurst
Panel - Maurice Craft/Nick Sellars/Brian Sumner
15:00-16:00 The Future (audience participation)
Robin Manning and Ian Pierson
16:00-16:30 Q&A Session with Kate Silverton
16:30 Conference Closes Ted Ettershank
16:30-18:30 Relaxation and Networking
18:30 Cocktail Reception - Conference Hotel
19:30-22:30 Dinner - Conference Hotel


Friday 16th November
Informal Networking

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