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Accounting

  • Accounting errors
  • Accounting records
  • Accounting standards
  • Accounting systems
  • Accruals basis
  • Annual accounts
  • Asset class
  • Asset disposal
  • Balance sheet
  • Chart of accounts
  • Closing books
  • Cost accounting
  • Dealing with accountants
  • Depreciaton
  • Extraordinary/exceptional items
  • Filing
  • Financial accounting
  • Fixed asset register
  • FRS102
  • Management accounts
  • Micro entities
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Prepayments
  • Reconciliation
  • Records
  • Standards
  • Working trial balance

Accounts payable

  • Accounts payable
  • Bitcoin payments
  • Days payable outstanding
  • Invoice coding
  • Miscellaneous
  • Purchase ledger
  • Purchase orders

Audits

  • Audit fees
  • Audit limit
  • Changing auditors
  • Internal controls
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Working with auditors

Banking

  • Bank charges
  • Bank selection
  • Interest accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overdraft facility

Budgeting

  • Continuous budgeting
  • Cutting budgets
  • Forecasting/planning
  • Key performance indicators
  • Miscellaneous
  • Setting annual budgets

Business valuation

  • Valuation methods

Buying

  • Buying
  • Defending prices
  • Developing relations with buyers
  • Efficient buying
  • Miscellaneous
  • Procurement policies
  • Tax compliance

Cash

  • Burn rate

Cash flow

  • Avoiding cash flow problems
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Late payment cost
  • Managing cash flow
  • Miscellaneous

Company cars

  • Buying new cars
  • Car benefits
  • Company car tax
  • Fuel rates
  • Mileage claims
  • Miscellaneous
  • Tax-efficient cars

Company law

  • Annual returns
  • Balance sheet
  • Companies House
  • Miscellaneous
  • Share buy backs
  • Shareholders agreement
  • Share transactions
  • Types of company
  • Unlawful dividends

Contracts

  • Drafting new contracts
  • Interim payments
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Renewal
  • Retention of title

Cost benefit analysis

  • Cost benefit analysis

Cost control

  • Capacity planning
  • Marketing costs
  • Overheads

Cost cutting

  • Accommodation
  • Advertising
  • Bank accounts
  • Carrier bags
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Cutting costs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Equipment
  • Exchange rates
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Holidays
  • Insurance
  • IT equipment
  • Logistics
  • Meetings
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobile phones
  • Office costs
  • Online purchasing/selling
  • Personnel costs
  • Professional services
  • Property/building costs
  • Retail purchases
  • Sandwiches/food
  • Sickness absence
  • Social media
  • Software
  • Staff costs
  • Supply contracts
  • Tax
  • Time wasting
  • Training
  • Travel and transport
  • Tyres
  • Utility bills
  • Waste management
  • Welfare facilities

Cost of finance

  • Bank finance
  • Interest calculations
  • Interest rates
  • Leasing
  • Miscellaneous

Cost of sales

  • Cutting costs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pricing
  • Staff costs
  • Stock valuation

Credit control

  • Cost of debtors
  • Credit accounts
  • Credit controller
  • Credit limits
  • Database of badpayers
  • Days sales outstanding
  • Debtors control account
  • Debt recovery
  • Discounting
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Interest rate
  • Late payment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas Payments
  • Personal guarantees
  • Pre-emptive measures
  • Retention of title
  • Staff communications
  • Warning signs

Debt recovery

  • Court action
  • Legal letters
  • Miscellaneous

Expenses and benefits

  • Billable and non-billable
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Company cars
  • Cycle to work
  • Directors' personal expenses
  • Dispensations
  • Employee fraud
  • Employee loans
  • Expense claims
  • Fuel
  • Gifts
  • Miscellaneous
  • P11Ds
  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel and entertainement expenses

Financial analysis

  • Assessing profitability
  • Capacity
  • Constraints analysis
  • Dividend
  • Growth modelling
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit and loss ratios
  • Ratio analysis
  • Segmentation
  • Solvency monitoring

Financial management

  • Leverage
  • Profits
  • Stock control
  • Time management
  • Valuing stock
  • Working capital

Forecasting

  • Sales

Foreign transactions

  • Document standards
  • Exporting
  • Financial reporting
  • Foreign exchange risk
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas VAT

Fraud

  • Detection
  • Miscellaneous
  • Prevention
  • Whistleblowing

Insurance

  • Business interruption
  • Legal expenses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas travel
  • Private medical insurance
  • Risk management

Investment appraisal

  • Cost modelling
  • Investment appraisal
  • Miscellaneous
  • Property

Invoicing

  • Duplicate payments
  • Electronic invoicing
  • Internal controls
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payment disputes
  • Staff fraud

IT

  • Capital allowances
  • IT costs - broadband
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payroll systems

Legal compliance

  • Anti-slavery
  • Bribery
  • Companies House
  • Data protection
  • Enforcement
  • HMRC inspections
  • Miscellaneous
  • New legislation
  • Tax status
  • VAT inspections

Management accounts

  • Appropriate reserves
  • Balance sheet
  • British standards
  • Charts
  • Consolidated accounts
  • Dividends
  • Goodwill
  • Month end
  • Monthly package
  • Real time reporting
  • Rent
  • Turnaround plans
  • Undue prudence

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Data rooms
  • Due diligence
  • Joint venture
  • Selling a business
  • Targets

Miscellaneous

  • Marketing costs
  • Miscellaneous

News

  • Budget
  • News

Overheads

  • Cost management
  • Factory costs
  • Miscellaneous

Payroll/PAYE

  • Apprentices
  • BACS
  • Bonuses
  • Deductions
  • Directors
  • Dispensations
  • Employee share plans
  • End of year returns
  • Errors
  • Flexible working
  • Forecasting/budgeting
  • Fraud
  • Gifts
  • Holiday pay
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Online filing
  • Outsourcing
  • Parental leave
  • PAYE inspections
  • Payrolling benefits
  • Payroll software
  • Pensions
  • Personal allowances
  • Record keeping
  • RTI
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory forms
  • Statutory pay
  • Tax codes

Performance appraisal

  • Performance appraisal
  • Project assessment

Performance management

  • Goal setting
  • SMART objectives

Personnel

  • Apprenticeships
  • Benchmarking
  • Bribery
  • Capacity planning
  • Cost of sickness absence
  • Employee pricing
  • Employee share plans
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Performance management
  • Personal development
  • Recruitment issues
  • Redundancy costs
  • Staff costs
  • Status
  • Training

Pricing

  • Billable rates
  • Charge out rates
  • Exchange rate fluctuations
  • Royalties
  • Supplier costs

Productivity

  • Finance department

Profitability

  • Measurement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit allocation
  • Return on capital employed
  • Staff costs
  • SWOT analysis

Property

  • Business rates
  • Property costs

Purchase ledger

  • Audit
  • Purchase invoices

Raising finance

  • Alternatives to banks
  • Bank finance
  • Budgeting
  • Business plans
  • Credit rating
  • Grants
  • Lending decision
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overdrafts
  • Preparation for lenders
  • SFLGS
  • Supply chain finance

Reporting

  • Budget deviations
  • Charts
  • Financial reporting
  • Fixed assets
  • Forecasting sales
  • FRS
  • Human resources/personnel
  • KPIs
  • Management accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-financial reporting
  • P&L reporting
  • Ratio analysis
  • Reporting software
  • Report rationalisation
  • Report writing
  • UKGAAP
  • What if analysis

Software

  • Accounting software
  • Alternatives
  • Excel tips
  • Miscellaneous
  • MS Office
  • Outlook tips
  • Payroll software
  • Spreadsheets

Stock taking

  • Miscellaneous
  • Obsolete stock
  • Stock management
  • Valuing stock

Tax and NI

  • Benefits
  • BPRA
  • Capital allowances
  • Company cars
  • Corporation tax
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Directors' tax
  • End of year returns
  • Evasion
  • Interest
  • Miscellaneous
  • NI increases
  • Official rate of interest
  • Payments
  • Record-keeping

Tendering

  • News
  • Tendering procedures

Treasury

  • Recruitment
  • Treasury management

VAT

  • Cash accounting
  • Debt recovery
  • EC sales list
  • Insolvency
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-registered trader
  • Overseas transactions
  • Overseas VAT
  • Payment discount
  • Record-keeping
  • Registration
  • Request for payment
  • VAT and debts
  • VAT inspections
  • VAT rates
  • VAT recovery
  • VAT returns

Work in progress

  • Miscellaneous
  • Work in progress

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Year 9 - issue 4 - 09.01.2017

AUTUMN STATEMENT

How does it affect your business?

The 2016 Autumn Statement included a number of measures affecting business finances. What are the ones most likely to impact your company?

COSTS

Reviewing overheads

It’s good management to regularly keep an eye on your overheads because expenses can easily start to creep up. How should you go about conducting an overhead review?

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Is this the end of your salary sacrifice scheme?

From 6 April 2017 HMRC is to axe salary sacrifice tax and employers’ NI perks on a range of employee benefits. If your company currently offers a salary sacrifice scheme to employees, how will the changes affect it?

MODELLING

Building in risk and uncertainty

You’re assessing the viability of two major alternative projects on behalf of the board. With the UK’s economic future so uncertain at the moment, how can you build this into your financial model so that an informed decision can be made?

FLY-TIPPING

Stop the tippers in their tracks

Fly-tipping is on the rise again and if you’re a victim you’ll also have to cover the cost of clearing up the mess. How do you cut the risk without spending thousands on CCTV?

ENVIRONMENT

Jumping on the bag bandwagon?

Since charging for plastic bags came into force consumption has fallen dramatically. But are some people stocking up on free bags to save a few pence? If so, what can you do about it?

STATIONERY

Stationery: use stats rather than suspension

We’ve previously suggested a rather dramatic way to deal with an overspend on office stationery. We’ve just come across another approach. What could it save you?

RAISING FINANCE

Saving Wonga with an appeal

You’ve just been turned down for a loan by the bank and are looking at other more expensive options. But is it worth appealing against the decision and what could you save by doing so?

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Stepping up to FD

Having previously been a financial controller, you’ve just accepted your first role as a finance director. What should you be doing to make the best impression possible at your new company during your first 100 days?

IT COSTS

Paying for data security - is it worth it?

You’ve just been approached by a fear-mongering salesman trying to sell you the latest security gizmo to protect your company’s data against a cyber attack. But before forking out, what factors do you need to consider?

SPREADSHEETS

Moving subtotals to a new column

You have a worksheet with thousands of rows of data that need subtotals. But instead of having the subtotals in the same column as the rest of the data, is there a way to show them in a separate column?

TAX

Employee shareholder tax breaks abolished

AUTO-ENROLMENT

Provider comparison website launched

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