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Finance for Directors
"Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand"
-- Aphra Behn

[ ]Objectives
[Bullet 1]  To provide a "recap" on financial terminology and understanding company accounts, together with an update of what has changed in the last 12 months
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[Bullet 1]  To assist with linking your Business Plan to your financial forecasts
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[Bullet 1]  To help you manage working capital and cash flow as your business grows
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[Bullet 1]  To help you set financial goals, or key performance indicators (KPIs) for your business and work out how to get there
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[Bullet 1]  To give you practical tips and tools to help you work with your Finance department to improve management reporting and decision making
[ ]Course content
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[ ]Day 1: Session 1
[Bullet 1]  Updates on changes to financial reporting and the impact on the P&L account, balance sheet and cash flow statement
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[Bullet 1]  Directors' responsibilities for financial reporting
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[Bullet 1]  Introduction to the Finance department - do you really know what they do?
[ ]Day 1: Session 2
[Bullet 1]  Working capital and why profitable companies can run out of cash
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[Bullet 1]  Using annual reports to assess the financial strength of customers, suppliers and competitors
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[Bullet 1]  Calculating key financial ratios
[Bullet 1]  An introduction to financial KPIs in different business sectors
[ ]Day 2: Session 3
[Bullet 1]  Preparing better budgets and ensuring these meet the same objectives as your Business Plan
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[Bullet 1]  Management accounts:
       -   what you should be getting from your Finance team
       -   what to look for and questions to ask
[ ]Day 2: Session 4
[Bullet 1]  Improving your cash flow - what options are available?
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[Bullet 1]  Setting financial KPIs for your business
The course is led by an experienced Chartered Accountant who has seen the inside of >100 finance departments and currently works with clients ranging from business start-ups to international blue chips.

The course is designed to be extremely practical, using lots of examples and case studies. We show you examples of good (and not so good!) reporting, to illustrate how the right financial information at the right time can help you make better commercial decisions.

To help make the course truly relevant, you will be asked to bring along your own company's management and published accounts, to help you formulate an action plan.

[ ]Who will benefit?
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Recommended for all Directors and Senior Managers with executive responsibilities.

[ ]Duration: Two days

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Finance for Directors is also available as an in-house course.
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