3 day Masterclass

Finance for Non Finance



This intensive three-day course has been designed to enable those without specialist finance knowledge and skills to become proficient in finance.

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expand your knowledge

Enhance your financial knowledge and skills to give you an advantage in your functional roles

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develop new skills

Understand how to read a balance sheet and appreciate the tools and techniques of a company analysis

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Understand how value is created in a business and how you can contribute to value creation


Executives, managers and professionals in all functions and at all levels need to have a sound appreciation of the financial issues that affect their companies. This is because money is a key measure of value and performance, and financial issues are therefore of concern to anyone who has a vested interest in the prosperity and longevity of their company.

This course will cover a broad spectrum of topics to ensure you are equipped with the financial skills necessary to propel your department and company towards higher performance. 

In just 3 days you will:

  • Acquire a sound overview of how financial information is prepared
  • Be able to read a balance sheet, understand its contents and uses and appreciate why the figures cannot always be taken at face value
  • Understand the contents of an income statement and identify areas of weakness that make it especially vulnerable to manipulation and fraud
  • Understand the nature of a cash flow statement and why it is particularly useful in transforming accounting fiction into fact
  • Obtain a thorough appreciation of the tools and techniques of company analysis
  • Be able to understand and interpret financial ratios when evaluating business performance and financial health
  • Understand how value is created in a business and how you as a manager can contribute meaningfully to value creation

Organisations that will benefit:

  • All forward thinking companies
  • Transport & logistics companies
  • Pharma & Biotech companies
  • Telecoms companies
  • Retailers
  • Law firms

Who will attend:

  • All managers in non-financial functions
  • C-Level Executives: CEO, COO, CTO
  • Business Development & Sales Managers
  • Business Unit Heads
  • General Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Chairs/Board of Directors

Course Agenda

  • Big Picture
  • Speed Networking
  • How financial information is prepared
  • Exercise: recording business transactions and preparing financial information
  • Case study: how to examine and then strength your company’s balance sheet
  • The income statement (profit and loss account)
  • Case study: why profits alone do not guarantee survival and prosperity
  • The cash flow statement
  • Case Study: examine a cash flow statement of a well-known company
  • Reliability of accounting numbers
  • Exercise: manipulating the bottom line
  • Case study: historic data & financial ratios
  • Exercise: prepare the annual budget
  • Cost/volume/profit analysis
  • Case study: breakeven point, margin of safety and degree of operational leverage
  • Making decisions that create value
  • Exercise: examine a proposed capital investment
  • Shareholder value and value-based management (VBM)
  • Case study: value creation capability
  • Video case study: qualitative analysis & turnaround strategy
  • Wrap Up: Final Review

For further information please call: +44 (0)207 092 1045

  • “The depth and knowledge of my trainer was extremely impressive. In 3 days I have had, without a doubt, a masterclass on the industry. Truly world class.”

    - Gordon Dowall Potter, Past Delegate

  • “Well worth 3 days of study!”

    - Syed Hamza, Past Delegate

  • “The training was excellent! I give it a 10 and will get my trainer's support for my next challenges.”

    - Head of Partnerships & Customer Loyalty at Avis Budget, Past Delegate

  • “Extremely constructive course with a very good dynamic and passionate trainer.”

    - Managing Director at BNP Paribas, Past Delegate

  • “Impressive and cooperative trainer who wanted to make sure the delegates understood.”

    - Budgeting, Planning & Reporting Manager, Past Delegate


We can come to you too! If you have a team of six or more, why not hold a private course? Our experts come to you and the course is tailored to your requirements.

Call +44 (0)20 7092 1045 (United Kingdom)
or emma-jane.dinan@terrapinn.com (Asia Pacific)
for more details


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