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Finance for Non-Finance Directors - In Person (1 Day)

Excellence in Learning, In London (+1 locations)
1 day
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Course description

 Finance for Non-Finance Managers (1 day)

2024 Finance for Non-Finance Directors - In Person (1 Day)

Chartered Management Institute Recognised Training Centre for Director Training Courses.

Company law requires all Board Directors to understand their own accounts and holds the Directors collectively responsible for the validity of the annual financial accounts. The law demands a good knowledge of finance from all directors. Business success also requires strong financial capabilities, which this Finance for Non-Finance Directors course will give you.

There is a formal Statement of Directors Responsibilities, which is a legally binding outline of the responsibilities of the Directors for all financial matters, including the Annual Accounts. The Director Responsibilities are applicable to all Director activities and decisions within all UK companies. These Director Responsibilities are different from the General Duties of Directors, which are seven specific statutory duties of directors contained in the Companies Acts 2006.

Statement of Directors Responsibilities

Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company and of the profit or loss of the company for that period In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:

  • Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently,
  • Make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent,
  • Prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in business

The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the company’s transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006 They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

This Finance for Non-Finance Directors course will enable you to satisfy all of your legal financial duties and, without any previous knowledge, to analyse and interpret any Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Account or Cash Flow statement, using Fundamental Accounting Concepts and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, GAAP. You will learn to use P/E Ratios, ROCE, ROI, Gearing, Current Ratio, Quick Ratio, Stock Days, Debtor Days, Creditor Days, Enterprise Values, EBITDA, Company Valuations, Acquisitions. You will become familiar with Break Even analysis, Contribution Analysis, Zero Based Budgeting, Cash Management, Cash Forecasting, Net Present Value and Discounted Cashflows.

Costing methods based upon break even analysis and contribution analysis will be contrasted with overhead cost allocation approaches to identify their relative strengths and weaknesses. It will provide a good understanding of cash management and forecasting.  You will be able to manage the relationship between ROCE, ROI and Gearing. This objective is easily achieved and significantly enhanced by the detailed discussions and extensive case studies. The theoretical knowledge will be reinforced by the hands-on case studies.

Institute of Leadership and Management approved training centre

CPD – Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to all delegates.These certificates will be accepted as evidence for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations.  Our clients regularly award our courses an “Excellent” overall rating

This course is assessed as “Excellent” by its delegates.  To ensure that the delegates attending this training course will continue to get the maximum possible benefit, the delegate numbers are limited to a maximum of 8.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

6 March, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Birmingham
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

All Senior Executives would benefit from attending this course, from department heads right up to the Chief Executive and the Chair.  This is because most people have absorbed their financial knowledge piecemeal from those colleagues with financial skills that they have encountered.  This means that their knowledge is patchy and incomplete.  This course will provide a solid and complete financial knowledge base.

These are some of the executives who would benefit from this course: Chief Executive Officers, Board Chairs, IT Directors, Logistics Directors, Operations Directors, HR Directors, Technical Directors, Commercial Directors, Sales Directors, Marketing Directors, Company Secretaries, General Managers, Non-Executive Directors, Trustees, Investors, Board Consultants and Advisors and any other Senior Executives interested in improving their financial skills and knowledge for the benefit of their organisation and their personal career development.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to all participants who These certificates will be accepted as evidence for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations, including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD.

Training Course Content

Accounting and the Law

  • Accounting principles, policies & GAAP accounting
  • Terminology & Jargon
  • The different legal structures under which organisations can operate and their advantages and disadvantages
  • The two different sets of accounting standards (rules) available and how to choose between them at a senior level

The Three Key Financial Statements

  • Balance Sheets: Assets; Liabilities; Net current assets, capital employed and how to interpret the information
  • Profit & Loss Account, Types of profit, and the layout & use of the profit & loss account
  • Cash Flow Statements: Importance of cash flow and Impact of credit and credit control, Problems affecting cash flow, Dealing with Debtors and Creditors

Using Key Ratios to Analyse Accounts and to Support Investment Decisions

    • Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)
    • Current Ratios and Quick Ratios
    • Debtor Days and Creditor Days
    • Stock days and Stock Turn
    • Investment decisions and Return on Investment (ROI)
    • Gearing and its impact upon risk and returns; is the level of borrowing too risky?
    • Liquidity, could the company hit cash flow problems?
    • Profitability, how well is the company doing?

Working Capital Management and Cash Flows

  • Converting operating profits into cash flow
  • Cash forecasts
  • Cash Management and Liquidity

Revenue and Capital Expenditure

  • Capital Expenditure and Revenue Expenditure
  • Phasing of capital spend and its implications for budget holders

Depreciation and Amortisation of Assets and liabilities

  • What is Depreciation
  • What is Amortisation
  • Goodwill; its purpose, calculation and impact

Costing and the Impact of Costing Assumptions on Business Decisions

  • Cost types & behaviours and their Impact on decisions
  • Break-even and Contribution Analysis
  • How costs are determined
  • Direct and Indirect Costs: Fixed, Mixed and Variable costs
  • Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Activity Based Management (ABM)
  • Standard Costing, Marginal Costing, Absorption Costing and Activity Based Costing (ABC)
  • How frequently used cost allocation methods and calculated profitability by product can cause incorrect key strategic decision making
  • Predicting and maximising profits
  • How the chosen cost structure can affect the planning and decision making process

Basic Company Valuations

  • EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation and Amortisation) and PE ratio valuations
  • What is your company worth?
  • What are other companies worth?
  • Goodwill; its purpose, calculation and impact on profit

Why choose Excellence in Learning

Excellence in Learning has trained over 40,000 delegates in 10,000 client organizations

99% of our Director Delegates have rated our courses as Excellent and the other 1% as good

Excellence in Learning has been training Directors for 25 years

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Average rating 4.8

Based on 24 reviews.
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Nancy Artell – Senior Risk & Compliance Partner, Swinton Group Ltd
13 Mar 2018

Fantastic course, great course leader - Philip made it interesting and brought it to life.

Paul Broadhurst - Managing Director,Hauser GmbH UK
13 Mar 2018

Excellent overview

Jez Alcock - Chief Executive, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire
13 Mar 2018

Philip was excellent - knows his subject and delivered it with passion


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