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Budgeting lies at the heart of business management, yet businesses often encounter planning and financial difficulties as a result of either inadequate planning, lack of understanding of the business, or errors within the compilation of the budgets. Ineffective management reports heighten the challenge in collating inputs to the budget, and use of budgeted information.

This programme takes a practical approach to budgeting, planning and management reporting for the organisation and considers the following:

  • The planning process and how to improve it
  • The compilation of budgets – who needs to be involved and why;
  • How to identify potential problems arising and suggests actions which can be taken
  • Ways of improving financial control using effective management reporting

Course Outline:

Planning for Success

  • What are planning strategies?
  • Strategy analysis, choice & implementation
  • Introducing the Strategy maps
  • Corporate value and shareholder value
  • The agency problem and corporate governance
  • Planning requirements and working capital

The Forecasting Process

  • Determine the purpose and objective of the forecast
  • Statistical analytical tools
  • Quantitative analysis and forecasting
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Causal analysis models – regression analysis
  • Using Excel ® to analyse historical data

Budgets, Costs and Budgetary Control

  • Why do we budget? – the purposes of budgeting
  • Planning and control
  • Putting the budget together
  • Cost behaviour and classification
  • Cost / volume /profit (CVP) and ‘what-if’ analysis
  • Standard Costing
  • Flexed budgets
  • Variance analysis and the reasons for variances

Activity Based Costing (ABC) And Activity Based Budgeting (ABB)

  • Activity-based costing (ABC)
  • Refinement of the costing system
  • ABC and cost management
  • Design of ABC systems
  • The cost hierarchy and cost drivers
  • Advantages and disadvantages of ABC systems
  • From traditional budgeting to activity based budgeting (ABB)
  • The ABB process
  • Motivation and the behavioural aspect of budgeting

Measuring corporate performance: requirements of a successful performance measurement system

  • Broadening performance measurement systems
  • The Drive toward Shareholder Value (EVA®)
  • Beyond budgeting: integrating financial and non-financial issues
  • Introducing the Balanced Scorecard and the key perspective

Who Should Attend?

  • Both financial and non-financial professionals at all levels
  • Delegates with a financial background will enjoy the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base in aspects of budgeting and cost control that may not be part of their current responsibilities or experience
  • By participation in this course, participants whose background is not in the financial sector will gain an understanding of both the strategic and the technical aspects of budgeting and cost control involving both the financial and the operational opportunities for performance improvement


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