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Finance for Non-Financial Managers

The course focuses on the understanding of the financial implications of your day-to-day decisions and how to increase the profitability and performance of your business.

It is suitable for all levels of individual who wish to improve their understanding of finance concepts.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • understand financial jargon
  • understand the financial drivers of business and the impact of decisions on the financial performance of the organisation
  • interpret financial statements
  • support business decisions through information gained from applying costing techniques
  • identify best practice for creating, managing and reviewing budgets
  • understand the importance of cash to an organisation and how to effectively manage and predict cash flow
  • build a compelling business case and financially justify it using a range of techniques
  • learn about the key techniques within management accounting, specifically costing, cash flow and budgeting, and how they are used to forecast performance and support decision-making
  • describe the key elements of a business case and understand the methods of financial justification.



Course Content

General financial principles.

Understanding how money flows in a business.

Identifying the elements of the profit and loss account and balance sheet.

Distinguishing between profit and cash.

Key financial ratios - what they are and what they mean.

Tools that are used by the external market to judge organisations.

How organisations identify the drivers of their financial performance.

Cost control and reduction.

Improving margins and sales in your business.

Break-even analysis.

Understanding business cases and the methods of financial justification.

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