ICC Information and ICC Credit merge

Source: ICC Information, ICC Credit

ICC Information, the UK's leading provider of UK and Irish business information, has announced that it will be joining forces with its sister company, ICC Credit, to form one of Europe's leading authorities on business-to-business credit and risk information.

The new company will simply be known as ICC.

This development creates one strong brand for both the business and credit information markets and provides ICC's customers with seamless access to a single, unified data source. The merger brings together two powerful product suites under the 'my ICC' banner including web-based business information on all UK and Irish companies, directors and shareholders, along with credit reports and scoring on consumers, limited companies, sole traders, partnerships and directors. Combining the product suites and the two business units is a common sense response to an educated market that has evolved and is now seeking a comprehensive approach to financial risk management through a single interface.

In addition to bringing the two product suites together, ICC has increased the functionality of 'my ICC' as part of its continuous development programme. Now clients can have instant access to 8 predefined reports or can fully customize their own. Directors, stakeholders and consumers can now be searched by full name, first name or surname while ICC tracker can effectively monitor companies or groups of companies. Most importantly, the interface has become more intuitive and easy to use.

Speaking about the newly merged company, ICC Information's Managing Director, Ian Goodenough, said: "This is very much a customer driven initiative. We have listened to the market and understand that there is a need for a more flexible, more joined up approach to risk management and the consumption of credit and financial information. In recent years we have seen an increasing overlap of our two core business and their respective clients' needs. Credit Managers are seeking far more in-depth market information to assess business risk, while information managers are conversely finding they need more risk-based information traditionally supplied from credit reference agencies. The merger means that our customers can expect better value for money wiith access to a broader product offering from a single source. Future product developments will see the creation of more unified and multi-faceted business information solutions bringing more choice for the customer. The integration of both companies will help us to secure Bisnode's position as the number one credit and risk information provider in the UK."

The combined staff of both companies will now come together at ICC's offices in Hampton, Middlesex and Cardiff. New positions are likely to be created at the combined organisation.

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