Omega Performance's Credit Skills Development Programme Receives Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland

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Successful completion of Omega Performance's Credit Skills Development programme enables participants to obtain an advanced diploma and three credits towards the coveted Chartered Banker status.

Michael Moore of Omega Performance, Peter Rigby of Informa and Simon Thompson of CIOBS gather in London to sign the agreement accrediting Omega's CSD programme.

Omega Performance's acclaimed Credit Skills Development (CSD) programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS). Successful completion of the CSD and its 18 modules covering topics from Accrual Accounting to Loan Management enables participants to acquire an Advanced Diploma in Credit, and three credits towards the flagship Chartered Banker professional designation.

Mr Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of CIOBS and Mr Michael Moore, Managing Director of Omega Performance, signed the agreement accrediting Omega's programme in London on 14th May, 2009. This was witnessed by Peter Rigby, Chief Executive of Omega Performance's parent company, Informa Plc.

'We are very pleased to have been accredited by the leading banking institute in the world,' says Michael Moore, Managing Director of Omega Performance's EMEA Region. 'Chartered Bankers demonstrate their commitment to and success in achieving the significant standards associated with this professional designation.' Peter Rigby, Chief Executive of Informa shares this enthusiasm. 'We are delighted about the new agreement between CIOBS and Omega. This has come about due to the commitment from both organisations to work together for mutual benefit.'

'The Omega CSD programme enables bank staff to develop and demonstrate high levels of technical expertise,' says Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of CIOBS. 'Coupled with the high ethical and professional standards developed through the Chartered Banker programme, this ensures those completing the programme have gained the knowledge, skills and expertise expected by employers, regulators and the public. We are proud, therefore, to be working with Omega to help rebuild confidence and trust in the banking industry.'

For more information on Omega Performance and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, visit http://www.OmegaPerformance.com and http://www.CharteredBanker.com.

About Omega Performance
Omega Performance has enabled more than 2,500 firms worldwide to drive and sustain improved business results. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Informa plc (INF on the London Stock Exchange), the leading international provider of specialist information and services for the academic and scientific, professional and commercial business communities. Informa has over 150 offices in more than 40 countries and employs over 7,000 staff around the world. Omega Performance is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., USA, with major offices in Australia, Canada, China, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

About the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS) is the oldest banking institute in the world, founded in 1875. The Institute develops and promotes professional standards for bankers and provides world class professional qualifications for the financial services industry.

The Institute's vision for the financial services industry is one of professionalism. CIOBS believes that integrity, responsibility and ethical behaviour, coupled with a commitment to maintain professional competence through Continuing Professional Development, are the hallmarks of a Chartered Banker. It is the only organization in the world to award this prestigious designation to its members.

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