Finance for Normal People
Workshop

This course is all about demystifying basic business finance and accounts, so that us mortals can at least interact with company/organisation finance people and have half a chance of knowing what they are saying and signpost situations when they absolutely must use professional accountants.

The material is based on the presenter’s experience from working in businesses varying from SME's and start-ups, to a major oil company, and around 15 years of developing training material for non-financial people. Its has been run for the Princes Trust, a Learned Society, 5 Universities, and as CPD for a Professional Institute, typically receiving average feedback scores over 90%.

You should come on this course if you:

  • Are interested in starting a new business or social enterprise, but find the money and the jargon intimidating; •Would like to understand what the stock market is about; •Are a researcher worrying about the financial aspects of grant applications •Have just been promoted (good news!), but then immediately told by the boss 'now prepare a budget' (bad news...).

At the end of the day you will be able to:

  • Understand what profit/loss statements and balance sheets are and how they are constructed; •Prepare an operational cash budget using an Excel template; •Understand the discussions in an episode of ‘dragon’s den’
  • Tell how quickly a company pays its creditors and gets paid by its debtors; •Understand the difference between capital and revenue items; •Understand the difference between overheads and direct costs; •Understand the difference between full and marginal costing; •Fill out a VAT form; •Know the meaning of accruals, depreciation, creditors, reserves, and a whole lot of other accounting terms.

You will take away

  • A hard copy workbook featuring all the slides, explanatory text, exercises, examples and references for further reading; •Electronic copies of the spreadsheet exercises including the Excel budget template mentioned above.'

Agenda:

09:00 Introduction

Workshop objectives

Finance for non-financial people

Financial Terminology

'Dragon's Den' Video

Some key accounting concepts

Profit/Loss exercise

Mr Brown Catering 1 (exercise)

Are profits the same as cash?

Overheads and breakeven

11:00 Break

How accountants do bookkeeping

Mr Brown Catering 2 (exercise)

The Balance Sheet and what it tells us

What do the financial pages in the newspaper tell us?

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Using company accounts

Debtor days and creditor days

A good company and a 'not so good' one…

14.:30 Break

15:00 Financial Proposals

Reading Budgets

Financial planning & budgeting

Preparing revenue budgets (exercise)

Revenue vs capital budgets

16.00 Tax

Corporation tax

The basics of VAT for Managers

16:15 Workshop Summary

'Dragons' Den Review'

Checking our jargon (exercise)

Workshop evaluation

Date
Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Time
9:00 - 17:00

Cost
contact linda_cook@zyen.com

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Speaker(s):
  • Kevin Parker

Location
41 Lothbury
London
EC2R 7HG