Finance for Non Financial Managers BLI Consulting & Training

Course details

A general understanding of Finance for Non-Financial Managers is needed in any business environment where individuals have to manage budgets or costs, or to take responsibility for revenue or expenditure. With the increasing emphasis on business results, it is necessary for every manager to know and understand some of the techniques and actions necessary to ensure that their unit achieves its objectives; both in terms of task and in terms of financial goals.

This two-day workshop is designed to enable individuals to gain better control over the finances involved in their job.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of accounting procedures
  • Define basic financial terminology
  • Read and understand a Balance Sheet
  • Read and understand a Profit and Loss Statement
  • Understand liquidity is critical to business success
  • Read and understand cash flow forecasts and budgets

Course Outline:

The Importance of Accounts

  • Why are accounts needed?
  • Who needs accounts?

Managing Money

  • Where did the money come from?
  • Where did the money go to?

Accounting for Business

  • Three prime accounting questions:
  1. How are we doing?
  2. How did we do?
  3. How are we going to do?
  • Published Accounts

Balance Sheets

  • Typical layout of a Balance Sheet
  • Fixed assets
  • Current assets
  • Creditors (Due within one year)
  • Creditors (Do after more than one year
  • Net current assets
  • Share Capital
  • Reserves

Profit and Loss Account

  • Typical layout of a Profit and Loss Account
  • Revenue/Sales income
  • Cost of goods sold
  • Gross profit
  • Overheads
  • Depreciation
  • Profit before interest and tax/operating profit
  • Interest earned and interest paid
  • Profit before tax
  • Taxation
  • Profit after tax
  • Dividends
  • Retained profit
  • Cash flow

The Importance of Liquidity (Cash)

  • What is liquidity?
  • Factors affecting cash flow
  • What it costs to maintain liquidity
  • Cash flow forecasts
  • Short-term cash flow forecasting
  • Long-term cash flow forecasting (1-5 years)
  • Forecasts and budgets


  • Fixed costs
  • Variable costs
  • Semi-variable costs (or indirect overheads)
  • Total costs
  • Other types of cost
  • Opportunity costs
  • Transaction costs
  • Volume
  • Summary


  • What is a budget?
  • Budgets – discussion
  • Plans into action
  • Feedback

Over/Under budgeting

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