ABOUT US

FEBIS Federation of Business Information Service

Benefiting from the opening of markets within Europe and overseas, world-wide business has experienced substantial growth. As business grows so does the demand for business information, in particular, intelligence for cross-border business activities.


In 1973, leading European credit information agencies joined forces to form the Federation of Business Information Services FEBIS (initially known as FECRO), with its registered office in Frankfurt. Today, FEBIS has developed into a sizable organisation comprising more than 60 full Members from all over the world involved in providing Business  Information and Debt Collection services of National and International importance.

Supported by a combined workforce of more than 20,000 staff, FEBIS Members generate over 180 million Business Information and Consumer reports annually for over 500,000 organisations, providing these clients with invaluable business support.  Aggregate sales turnover of FEBIS Members is in excess of €2.5 Billion

As the industry association, FEBIS strives to look after common interests of its members. While monitoring new legislation like data protection laws and insolvency laws, FEBIS also oversees and the application of public sources and information.


European Business Failures

Business failures in Western Europe reached a record high of 220,000 in the 1990s and while the early years from 2000 to 2007 showed a decline in Business Failures, 2008 showed a return to record levels once more.

Opening Markets


Exporters face increased risk as they venture upon deviant legal requirements, regulations and economics conditions of different jurisdictions. The demand for business information grows. A typical example is the rapidly increasing need for reports on Eastern Europe.


Business Information

Information relating to a company’s financial standing and ability to meet its obligations is a priority consideration for any business transaction. FEBIS, information gathering and storage is a purpose-oriented process. It is conducted with the highest level of professionalism, employing advanced technology, to ensure high accuracy, freshness and coverage.

Clients may interrogate business information agencies on-line or by more conventional means.

Data is gathered from public sources, such as company registries, press and courts. Complementing this are the agencies’ internal information gathering initiatives, such as direct interviews or payment pattern inputs from creditors. And to quantify business risks and ultimately reduce bad debts, our member companies have developed individual analysis systems. Serving a critical role in today’s commercial world, business information companies are contributing to the well being and transparency of the overall economy.

FEBIS appoints a Data Compliance Committee to investigate any breach of compliance by its Members.

Debt Collection


Some FEBIS Members operate a debt collection service and as such comply fully with the Code of Conduct of FEBIS. The objective of this code is to achieve a high level of proficiency, lawful service together with professional reputation and standards. FEBIS appoints a Compliance Committee to investigate any breach of compliance by its Members. Any debtor, creditor, third party or FEBIS Members shall be entitled to complain in writing to the Compliance Committee about a breach of the Code of Conduct.


Marketing Information

Marketing Information involves the targeting of new customers and understanding more about prospective clients. It is an effective way to boost new business both in domestic and export markets
Accounts Receivable Collection

Although bankruptcies cause the more apparent loss, late payments are also damaging to a company. Professional collection agencies offer the economics outsourcing alternative of accounts receivable collection. The service is flexibly adapted to the client’s need. This service also offers indepth expertise in cross-border collections.


FEBIS Services

As the European industry association, FEBIS strives to look after common interests of its members. While monitoring new legislation like data protection laws and insolvency laws, FEBIS also oversees and the application of public sources and information.