This one-day course designed to send you back into your businesses confident in your understanding and application of basic financial terms and concepts. 

It assumes no prior knowledge and uses everyday terminology to dispel the mists put up by the financial world which perhaps encourage you to believe it is difficult – it isn’t; ab d what’s more it can be fun!

You will leave with the ability to:

  • Manage working capital and cash flow better
  • Maximise profitability
  • Be able to read financial statements
  • Be able to interpret the figures
  • Understand the jargon used in the financial world and enter with confidence into financial conversations back at work

You are encouraged to contribute to the day from your experience and also ask questions at any time.

Course content

What keeps the finance team awake at night?

The business model

  • A memorable model of how businesses work financially
  • Source of capital
  • Gearing and its implications for external perception and taxation
  • Fixed and variable costs
  • Tangible and intangible fixed assets
  • How to optimise working capital and cash flow – theory followed by action planning on the way that you can influence your business


  • A simple model to indicate how to maximise profit

Terminology explained

  • Gross and net profit
  • Contribution
  • Retained profit and what happens if you don’t
  • Margin and breakeven

Understanding published accounts

  • Using the accounts of a well-known company, you will be shown how to read profit and loss accounts and the balance sheet
  • You will also look at some of the rations used to analyse the figures to review performance, followed by a simple activity to enable to use your new knowledge

Personal preparation:

  • Bring with you a copy of the annual report (including the profit and loss accounts [statement and comprehensive income] and balance sheet) for your company. Either ask the finance team or go to the investors section on the company’s website)
  • Watch the news and listen to what is happening out there
  • Read the financial pages in the press
  • Think about what is being talked about within your business

To register your attendance to this course, please follow the link provided on the right hand side.