Finance and Accounting Seminars

Corporate Financial Planning, Budgeting & Control


This course is designed to enable delegates to make corporate financial decisions in an increasingly volatile international marketplace in order to increase profitability, maintain liquidity and reduce financial risk.

The module follows the growth of a company from the development of a strategic corporate financial plan, the raising of finance, the preparation and management of budgets to support the plan, the management of financial risk and ultimately the measurement and evaluation of performance.

Major highlights of the course include its:

  • Practical nature which will ensure development of transferable skills as well as the knowledge and understanding
  • Relevance in today’s marketplace with focus on major financial issues
  • International outlook, enabling company’s/delegates to compete on a global scale and meet international standards
  • Breadth and depth of coverage, making the course suitable for both finance and non-finance personnel
  • Supporting material. Delegates will receive a detailed set of handouts, reading, case studies and examples in both hard and soft format which will enable them to review/use the topics covered at a later date.



This seminar will enable delegates to:

  • Develop effective corporate financial plans aimed at maximising return and minimising risk
  • Evaluate the various methods of finance and make successful capital investment decisions
  • Prepare, manage and control budgets to support the corporate financial plans
  • Identify and manage financial risk effectively
  • Measure and manage performance effectively
  • Create opportunities for your personal development and increased financial awareness


Training Methodology

This course is based on a practical case study requiring delegates to develop and manage a strategic corporate financial plan. As a result it is highly participative with extensive use of practical examples, case studies, exercises and discussion sessions to ensure the development of transferable skills as well as knowledge and understanding. It will enable delegates to make and justify finance decisions, prepare and manage budgets, minimise risk and evaluate performance. In addition delegates will receive a detailed set of material in both hard and soft format enabling them to review/use the topics covered at a later date.


Organisational Impact

  • Delegates will develop a set of transferable skills which will improve their powers of financial planning helping the company to increase profit, improve cash flow whilst minimizing costs and risk
  • The new skills will help them to make more informed and hence better management decisions.
  • Delegates will not only be able to analysis various business problems but will also be able to evaluate various courses of action and make sound recommendations for action using leading software
  • They will become more aware of the importance of effective planning, budgeting and forecasting making the capital budgeting process more cost effective
  • The use of practical case studies and illustrations of real companies will help delegates understand how to apply different planning, forecasting and analysis techniques in a work situation.
  • The knowledge gained can be shared amongst other departments of the company to improve the financial culture of the entire organisation.


Personal Impact

You will:

  • Develop an understanding of today’s major issues in international corporate finance and budgeting
  • Develop your professional skills, powers of analysis, evaluation and decision-making.
  • Be able to make more informed and hence better planning, budgeting and forecasting decisions using various models and software.
  • Make improved finance and capital budgeting decisions, which will increase your importance to your organization.
  • Be better placed to liaise effectively with other departments on matters of finance and budgeting
  • Be able to identify areas in which they may be able to contribute to improvements in the financial performance of your company which will help improve your career development.




Day 1

Corporate Financial Planning

  • Strategic Planning
  • The Objective of the Firm – meeting Shareholder & Stakeholder Objectives
  • Agency Theory – the relationship between Shareholders & Management
  • Creative Accounting and the Case of Enron
  • Preparing a Strategic Plan
  • Financial Management & Financial Planning – the Scope, Role & Responsibilities of Financial Management
  • Preparing a Financial Plan – The Master Budget
  • Forecasting Future Cash-flows
    • Time Series Analysis
    • Correlation & Regression
  • Financial Modelling


Day 2

Financing the Plan

  • Sources of Finance – Long Term & Short Term
  • Evaluation of the Types of Finance
    • Equity Finance
    • Debt Finance
    • Hybid Finance & Financial Engineering
  • The Dividend Decision
  • The Cost of Capital
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • The Capital Investment Process
  • Payback
  • Accounting Rate of Return (ARR)
  • Net Present Value (NPV)
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
  • Capital Investment Appraisal
  • Capital Rationing


Day 3

Preparing & Managing Budgets to support the Financial Plans

  • Definition of Budgets
  • The Budgetary Process
  • Types of Budgets
    • Fixed
    • Flexible
    • Incremental
    • Zero Based
    • Activity Based Budgets
  • The Purpose/Benefits & Problems/Limitations of Budgets
  • Setting/Implementing Effective Budgets - Eliminating the Problems
  • Budgetary Control
  • Responsibility Accounting and Absorption Costing
  • Activity Based Budgeting/Costing (ABB, ABC)
  • Variance Analysis
  • Cost Behaviour & Break Even Analysis
  • Sensitivity/What If Analysis
  • What-If Analysis combined with Du-Pont Analysis


Day 4

Managing and Controlling Cashflow to support the Financial Plan

  • Cash versus Profit
  • The Cash Conversion Cycle
  • Calculating and Managing the Cashflow Cycle
  • Cash Flow Ratios
  • Working Capital
  • The Cost of Maintaining Working Capital
  • Maintaining the Optimum level of Working Capital
  • Working Investment Ratios
  • Preparing a Monthly Cash Flow Forecast


Day 5

Managing Financial Risk

  • Risk Management
  • Types of Risk
  • Identifying Risk – SWOT Analysis
  • The Major Quantitative & Qualitative Risks Facing Companies
  • Establishing a Risk Management Strategy
  • Financial Risk Management & Hedging Techniques
  • Financial Risks
  • Managing Exchange Rate & Interest Rate Risk
  • Derivatives
    • Forwards
    • Futures
    • Options
    • Swaps
  • Risk Management Glossary of Terms

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