Basic Finance Training

Gain a useful understanding of key financial concepts

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Finance for Non-Financial Managers Course

A useful introduction into the world of finance, for non-financial managers.

This one or two-day finance training course offers comprehensive training covering many essential financial concepts including balance sheets and P&L, cash flow, working capital, financial reporting, capital expenditure and forecasting.

To provide participants with knowledge of the role and principles of budgeting. The training also helps delegates to gain confidence in using the basic terminology and accounting principles of financial management, for personal and business success.

In addition, the course gives an overview of the issues and challenges faced by finance management from both the ‘customer’ and company’s perspective. It should also give the ability to challenge finance and accounting information and an appreciation of the inter-dependence of business functions enabling participants to discuss the commercial performance and challenges within the organisation.

The trainer will use “real life” examples and case studies and encourage participants to work in small groups, working interactively and enjoying the subject!

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This course provides financial training for anyone (at any level) who needs to understand financial management.

By the end of the full two-day finance training course, the participants will have:

  • Acquired an understanding of the sources of financial information
  • Understood the current financial position of the organisation through the review of key concepts of financial information and analysing the financial flow trends
  • Explored the driving forces behind financial information
  • Recognised the importance of cash flow and cash management
  • Appreciated the essence and management of working capital
  • Explored costing concepts and recognised how the controls determine profit
  • Costing: Essential tools for effective management
  • Recognised the importance of planning and budgetary controls
  • Discovered the positive management of cash and the impact of the cash cycle to their operations
  • Enhanced their business communication with leaders by providing a comprehensive awareness on financial and accounting information presented to them

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Day One

Mastering basic financial concepts and accounting process to develop an understanding of the sources of financial information 

  • GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • IFRS – International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Accrual versus Costing Accounting
  • The ‘Formal’ Management Reports
  • Relating the budgets to the balance Sheet and the P&L
  • Facilitator presentation and group discussion

Valuing the key concepts of financial information and analysing the financial flow trends to understand the current financial position of the organisation

  • Financial reporting
  • Company requirements to prepare financial statements
  • The users of management information and accounts
  • Key financial ratios
  • Fundamental principles of accounting
  • Facilitator presentation, group discussion and group exercise

Exploring the driving forces behind financial information

  • Free Cash Flow
  • Revenues, Costs and Capital Expenditure
  • The importance of Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortisation
  • The Profit and Loss Statement
  • Principals of capital efficiency ratios
  • Return on Capital Employed
  • Facilitator presentation and group discussion

Highlighting the importance of cash flow and cash management

  • Profit is absolutely not cash!
  • The Cash Flow Statement
  • Revenue to Free Cash Flow
  • Increasing Cash
  • Focusing on Pricing
  • From Allocation to Absorption
  • Facilitator presentation, group discussion and group exercise

Working Capital: The essence and its management 

  • Calculating Working Capital
  • The Working capital Cycle
  • Working Capital “culprits”
  • Facilitator presentation and group exercise: Enhancing the “flow” of Working Capital
Day Two

Defining costing concepts and how the controls determine profit

  • The Language of Costs
  • Variance Reporting
  • The STEEPLE effect
  • Facilitator presentation and group discussion

Costing: Essential tools for effective management

  • Capital Budgeting – The Decision Tree
  • The Language of Capital Budgeting and the Discount Cash Flow
  • Different types of costs within the profit and loss
  • Facilitator presentation, group discussion and group exercise

Breaking down the barriers between finance and operations department through planning and budgetary control

  • The Master Budget and the Budgeting Cycle
  • From Static Budgeting to Flexible Budgeting
  • Cash and Revenue Forecasting
  • Facilitator presentation and group discussion

Discovering the positive management of cash and the impact of cash cycle to your operations

  • Accounting for capital expenditure and fixed assets
  • Capital Expenditure, Fixed Assets and Depreciation
  • Breaking Even
  • The Cash Flow Report
  • Facilitator presentation, group discussion and group exercise

Polishing effective business communication with the leaders via comprehensive perception on financial and accounting information

  • Key Financial Management Ratios
  • Facilitator presentation and group exercise

Next steps

  • Review of learning and action planning
  • Course feedback

The finance for non-financial managers training will be supported with:

  • An optional participant pre-course questionnaire and/or pre-course reading
  • A colour printed workbook with tips, techniques and space for personal notes

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Standard UK course pricing - finance for non-financial managers

The pricing below is for delivering the finance course on a weekday, for the specified number of participants. Prices exclude travel expenses and optional workbook printing. We supply a free PDF for our client to print the training materials.

One-day course…
  • 3-12 participants £1150 +VAT
Two-day course…
  • 3-12 participants £2300 +VAT
Type of course: In-house

Our finance for non-financial managers training is run at the business premises of our client, on an agreed date. The minimum number of course participants is 3, read why.

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What's included

Our prices already include some tailoring of the course to your business needs, as standard. For example, we will embed your own work-based scenarios into the training, at no additional cost. Alternatively, to discuss a fully bespoke course…

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Some additional discounts are available for not-for-profit organisations, the NHS and Public Sector, as well as registered charities…

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In-House Training Locations

Our specialist trainers deliver in-house finance training for companies right across the UK, in following areas:

  • London and the south east
  • The Thames Valley – including Slough, Maidenhead, Oxford and Swindon
  • Cambridge
  • Norwich and East Anglia
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Manchester and the North West
  • Southampton and Bournemouth
  • Birmingham and the Midlands
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff and South Wales
  • Exeter and the South West
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

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