Browse courses

Starting a business has always been compelling because the barrier to entry is so low.

With an idea and a modest amount of money, you can embark on a journey that may change your life, and even the world. Most successful businesses today have their origin in a small venture and a bold idea, often from individuals who – at least initially – had little conception of the finer points of running one.

As an organisation evolves, however, it inevitably becomes necessary for leaders and key decision makers to gain a more fundamental understanding of how the business operates. One of the most important aspects is financial management, and the application of somewhat complex and nebulous concepts to ensure the financial health of the company. Appreciating these fundamentals will inform all of your decision-making – and avoid the kinds of malpractice and misfortune that has brought down many an overambitious startup.

Managing expectations

Financial management is an area which can be perceived to be so complex that it is only worth delegating to specialists. Maths is often negatively perceived in this country, and something that many burgeoning entrepreneurs and business professionals actively try to avoid. When it comes to the mathematics of business, then, there is often a lack of fundamental knowledge that makes it difficult to understand more complex concepts, and encourages people to leave financial management to more qualified professionals.

As with any facet of business, the danger here is that decisions are made without a full appreciation of the financial ramifications. When the financial director is the only one with the necessary context and knowledge to make an informed decision, they can often end up being a lone dissenting voice. Instilling the principles of financial management throughout the leadership hierarchy not only provides key context for all decision makers, but also lends them a better appreciation of the role of the financial director and other finance professionals, giving them greater authority on relevant issues.

While more meaningful conversations with financial teams are beneficial, they won’t apply to the majority of businesses, which lack this kind of financial infrastructure. Indeed, many businesses won’t make it to the kind of scale where a financial team is relevant without an ingrained understanding of financial matters. Reaching the point where you can collaborate more effectively with your finance team means absorbing principles of finance that may initially be challenging, and which some people might have resistance to.

Developing financial confidence

This is where the various forms of commercial awareness training can be so valuable. Teaching the fundamentals of business finance is one thing, but it’s quite another to engender greater confidence and interest in maths as a whole. Trainers often find themselves butting up against a deep-seated aversion to maths, even among people for whom maths should be (and often is) an important part of their role. The feeling that any maths worth doing can be done on a calculator avoids the fact that a calculator cannot help you understand financial concepts, and the way they relate to basic maths.

The different forms of training help to relate maths and financial principles to tangible areas of business, putting the decisions that business leaders make everyday into an understandable financial context. Our Financial Management for Non-Finance Managers course demystifies accounting and finance by explaining financial jargon, and uses relatable examples and exercises to get across key financial management skills.

For more specific but still intermediate training, we offer the Financial Planning and Budgeting course for business managers, and other decision makers who want to better understand how their work impacts on budgets. This training can help to inform discussions around cash flow, costing and pricing, among other areas of budgeting, and the impact of budgets on the realisation of your business plan.

Finally, our Finance for Non-Financial Directors & Senior Managers course focuses on assessing and recognising the financial health of an organisation, a critical skill set for more senior managers and directors. This course not only provides a more macro view of business finance and wider financial conditions, but also facilitates individual discussion about learners’ own organisations, and what they want to get out of the training.

The benefits of financial management training

Financial management training equips managers and leaders with the necessary tools to make well-informed decisions. From analysing financial statements to understanding cash flow management, training programs provide a comprehensive understanding of the financial data and performance metrics used to quantify business performance, and proactively avoid losses. Armed with this knowledge, managers can better evaluate the feasibility of business initiatives, assess potential risks, and identify growth opportunities. Informed decision-making not only enhances the efficiency of day-to-day operations, but also ensures a solid foundation for long-term success.

Another fundamental aspect of financial management training is learning how to develop and implement effective financial strategies. Managers and business leaders need to set realistic financial goals aligned with the organisation’s vision and mission. Financial management training empowers them to create budgets, forecast future financial performance, and allocate resources more strategically. With a clear financial roadmap in place, businesses can navigate economic uncertainties with confidence, adapting to market fluctuations with greater confidence, and staying ahead of their competitors.

Ultimately, the goal of financial management training is to enhance overall business performance and profitability. Managers and leaders who possess strong financial acumen can make better use of their resources, reducing wasteful spending and increasing revenue. A more financially literate leadership team will also be better equipped to attract investors, secure funding, and maintain healthy relationships with financial stakeholders. The result is a more competitive and resilient organisation that can navigate economic challenges with ease.


Financial management training can be a transformative investment for managers and business leaders. By developing their financial acumen, leaders can steer their organisations towards sustainable growth, capitalise on opportunities, and learn to better mitigate risks.

The combination of more informed financial decisions and better strategic planning tends to evidence itself in business performance, and is a foundation from which to build long-term profitability. As businesses of all sizes continue to face complex financial challenges, financial management training is a common-sense tool for empowering leaders to make sound decisions, and achieve success that outlasts the current climate.

Are you looking to improve the financial management skills in your team?

Working in partnership with you, we provide insight and assistance to help you achieve your development goals. Whether you are looking to gain a better understanding of your training and development gaps, build training plans across multiple teams, or need bespoke training solutions for a particular challenge, we can help identify your options and the solutions available.

Contact Us

Mark Fryer

8th August 2023

Want 10% off your first scheduled course?

Sign up to our newsletter and receive 10% off any of our scheduled courses as a thank you! Our monthly newsletters are filled with features, advice and information about our forthcoming courses.