Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

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Course description

Understanding financial information is one of the essential management skills for any business leader – but your key strengths may lie in other areas. Increasing your financial knowledge, however, will enhance your overall performance and help you get the best out of your team.

We cover the basic accounting principles – looking at everything from budget planning and cashflow, to interpreting financial accounts – and provide practical examples in a relaxed learning environment.

Is it right for me?

If you’re a manager or professional, and finance impacts your role in some way, this programme will give you a solid foundation of financial knowledge that you can carry forward throughout your career.

What will I get out of it?

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


  • Read and interpret financial information
  • Effectively use and interpret basic financial tools
  • Use the information acquired to improve performance
  • Develop an overview of business finance

The trainer was engaging and knowledgeable and ensured that the attendees all participated and contributed to the discussions.

Kleinwort Benson

What does it cover?

  • The four basic accounting principles
  • Accountants’ jargon and what it means
  • How business is financed
  • What working capital is and how it is used
  • Accounting for and depreciating fixed assets
  • Valuing and accounting for stocks and work in progress
  • Using working capital to the business’s best advantage
  • How to set a budget
  • Using a budget to control a business
  • The difference between cash and profit
  • Preparing a cashflow statement
  • The balance sheet and the profit and loss account
  • Window dressing and creative accountancy
  • Using ratios and budgets to understand the business
  • Types of directors and how they are paid

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Course leader

Doug Chapman

Head of Management & Leadership Capability

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