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TrainingZONE LearningWire #148 – help with managing your finances, Learning Partnerships, monthly themes


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 148
17 April 2001

1. How to avoid bad debts...and ensure prompt payment!
2. What's to become of Learning Partnerships?
3. TrainingZONE monthly themes
4. New product reviews

Editor's note
In the last few weeks, many trainers will have been wading
through piles of invoices and receipts tying up their finances
from the last financial year. Some may still be waiting for
delayed invoices, others may be writing off bad debts. If either
of these scenarios sound a familiar headache, TrainingZONE can
help. Our ICC reports allow you to access in-depth information
about a company's financial well-being before you decide to take
them on as a client, and after the training has taken place,
PayMentor will follow the progress of payments and check your
clients are happy. Two great services from TrainingZONE designed
to make your life easier.

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE

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How to avoid bad debts...
Bad debt is the most serious problem affecting small and medium-
sized businesses, but it can be avoided if you know whether
clients are likely to have problems paying before you start
working from them. If you're worried the next invoice you send
out won't be paid, you can put your mind at rest by checking out
the financial health of 1.6 million companies and 2 million
unincorporated businesses through TrainingZONE's ICC reports.

...And how to ensure prompt payment!
Once you've checked the credit status of your clients,
TrainingZONE can help you follow the progress of the financial
aspects of your contracts using PayMentor, a new online tool
which effectively tracks your payments system automatically. It
checks that clients are happy with your work; it reminds them
about due payment dates; it chases them if they don't pay on
time; it notifies credit bureaux of seriously bad debtors and it
uses specialist agents to enforce payment if that becomes
necessary. You remain in complete control, but don't have to do
any of the work - leaving you free to focus on the positive side
of customer relations. This service is available now in the
TrainingZONE Toolkit or direct at

Index of monthly themes
This month, TrainingZONE launched the first in a series of
monthly themes, designed to bring together news, resources and
topical comment on the issues that affect training professionals
today. You can find out what we've got planned for the months
ahead at

This month's theme: Workplace training schemes

Is this the best business decision you'll make this year? If you
only attend one business event this year you're going to miss out.
McKenna Breen is pleased to present the following business events:
- Michael Breen on the NLP Business Practitioner
- Dr Robert Cialdini on the Art and Science of Influence
Find out for yourself why more people choose to train in NLP with
McKenna Breen than any other.

For all the latest training and learning news and features, see

What's to become of Learning Partnerships?

Government Watch

E-learning and basic skills

The latest news from EmpNTO: TDLB, teaching qualifications...

Mentoring: Remind me - why are we doing this?

Collaborate online for free!

Bookings are already warming up for The H.O.T. event of the year!
Can you afford to miss it? See

This week's hot jobs and tenders for work include:
Programme Office Co-ordinator, Cheshire, salary neg.
Custodian IT Trainer, Public Sector, to 40k
IT Trainers, Central Scotland, contract to 1k, start asap

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TrainingZONE regularly brings you the latest publications and
products on the market - reviewed by training practitioners for
training practitioners. Published this week are:

Pen and Paper Games for Training reviewed

The Development Games Manual and Kit reviewed

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