Finance for Non Financial Professionals
At Future Finance Training we believe that everyone in a business should understand the fundamentals of what makes it tick. We therefore offer courses designed for people with no, or limited, knowledge of accounting, tax and finance – especially those whose role involves managing a budget, overseeing any income or expenditure, or making decisions that have financial implications.
Our courses can be tailored to every level of an organisation, including Board members, who would like to improve their ability to review, interpret and ultimately make decisions involving financial information.
We take two practical steps to ensure that our Finance for Non-Financial Professionals courses are tailored to your organisation’s unique needs. First, prior to the start of the course, we ask delegates to complete an anonymous online questionnaire about their perception of finance and the financial challenges they face at work. This then allows us to shape the content of the course accordingly. Second, we offer to incorporate your organisation’s own financial statements and management accounts into our course exercises so that delegates can immediately apply their training to their own situation.
Content and delivery
Based on our understanding of your business needs, we will recommend a blend of modules for inclusion in your course, which we can then deliver over a period of one or two days, either face-to-face on your premises or virtually via Zoom. Possible modules include:
- How business finance works
- Understanding balance sheets
- Understanding income statements and cash flow statements
- Using financial statements
- Analysing financial statements
- The role of budgeting
- Understanding cost behaviour
- Preparing a budget
- Making the numbers talk
Depending on which blend of modules is most relevant to your business, your delegates will come away from their training able to:
- Demystify a broad range of business finance terminology
- Clarify the difference between profit and cash flow
- Define the components of a Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement
- Calculate financial adjustments such as accruals and prepayments
- Identify the users of financial statements and discuss their needs
- Use ratio analysis to measure and understand profitability, liquidity and efficiency
- Explore the value that budgeting brings to a business
- Consider different approaches to setting budgets
- Analyse cost behaviour to ensure accurate budget figures
- Understand how the components of a budget are put together and managed, including limiting factors and cash budgeting
- Unpack a set of management accounts to ‘make the numbers talk’ and inform business decision-making
Group CoE & PCC UK/Ireland
“It was very easy to develop a bespoke course with Helen and David at Future Finance Training. We briefed them on our learning needs, and the Future Finance Training team prepared a proposal based on that brief. We then talked through the proposal and made some small adjustments to create a tailored course.
Helen and David’s training style is extremely interactive, which means that delegates have a really useful experiential learning experience. Relevant handouts are provided so that delegates have a written reference throughout the program and are able to make a personalised set of notes. The exercises are very practical and relatable, with the topics discussed in plenary and then summarised by the facilitators to cement the learnings. As experienced trainers, both Helen and David are able to sense the understanding in the room so that they can pace the program to the needs of the delegates.
As the courses were specifically tailored to our needs our team could immediately put their learnings into use. Our managers’ ability to understand financial reports, and work with financial tasks like forecasting and budgeting, has greatly improved.”
for Gateley Legal
“The sessions have been one of the best – if not the best – training programme I have attended. For anyone in business who needs to understand what the “numbers” really mean this is essential training and for us, as a Plc Board, it was invaluable.”