Finance Courses Online

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Understand Financial Statements

Whether, for example, due to actual or desired promotion, embarrassment at not being able to explain and discuss them confidently or because of making poor decisions, all business people need to understand Income Statements (Profit & Loss Accounts), Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements.

Financial Statements Training Courses

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Financial Statements 

What use are they?

A free overview of Financial Statements and how you can use them to drive your business’s results. Have a look to see if these courses are for you.

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Income Statements Explained

Reading them to improve financial results


Everyone wants to know how much profit the business is making, even in not-for-profits and rightly so. The Income Statement (Profit & Loss Account) reveals all.

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Balance Sheets Explained

Reading them to manage capital and improve financial returns

All businesses need capital (equity and, often, debt) which must be managed efficiently to maximise returns. This course shows where the capital has come from and what the business has done with it.

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Cash Flow Statements Explained

Reading them to manage the cash and avoid insolvency

Businesses need to make a profit and manage their capital well but without good cash flow it could all end in tears. Cash is King they say, and they’re right; this course explains why.

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Analysing Financial Statements

To drive results, returns and ratios


The Financial Statements tell stories but more meaningful stories are revealed when they are analysed. Comparisons, trends and ratios dig deeper but they must be communicated well for the best decision making.

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Behind the Numbers

The rules and five fundamental concepts


Your business records all its transactions according to numerous rules, which are based on five important concepts. Understanding these concepts and how your business applies the rules helps you understand your Financial Statements and can affect your decisions significantly.

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Financial Statements for Groups

– including subsidiaries, associates, segments, business units, profit & cost centres and joint ventures.

Group, consolidated Financial Statements are just all the subsidiaries added together, aren’t they? Yes and no. Business units are often not the same as segments or subsidiaries so their Financial Statements differ and then there are cost and profit centres. This course explains the different Financial Statements in groups.

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Why Choose Us?


You can complete these online courses at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like and anywhere you have an internet connection. You can replay topics and repeat whole courses as many times as you like within 12 months. It’s up to you.

After 40 years as a Chartered Accountant and more than 15 years training business people how to read and use Financial Statements, I think I’ve heard all the questions you’re likely to ask, many times, so have built the answers into these online courses in plain English. But if there is something else you want to know, please just email me (see the Contact Us page). My commitment to you is more than just the online courses themselves.

What Our Clients Say

Malcolm’s ability to convey complex financial information in simple terms is second to none, reflecting his deep expertise, and an engaging presentation style. I highly recommend his courses to anyone who wants to really understand their business’s financial statements, and the story they are telling. 

I recently completed ‘Behind the Numbers’ course, and found it clear and easy to follow. Malcolm has an approachable style, and I enjoyed his conversational delivery and sense of humour. I really felt as though we were having a relaxed chat…which is good, as numbers have never been my thing! I can definitely recommend this course to anyone looking for a friendly, non-threatening, bite-sized way to learn about financial statements. .