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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
  • Filleted accounts
  • Financial accounting
  • Fixed asset register
  • FRS102
  • Management accounts
  • Micro entities
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Prepayments
  • Reconciliation
  • Records
  • Standards
  • Sub accounts
  • 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
  • Complaints
  • Interest accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overdraft facility

Budgeting

  • Business plans
  • 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
  • Excess cash

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

  • AGM
  • Annual returns
  • Balance sheet
  • Companies House
  • Director shareholder death
  • Miscellaneous
  • Share alotment
  • 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
  • Electricity
  • Management fees
  • Marketing costs
  • Office space
  • Overheads
  • Resource management
  • Waste reduction

Cost cutting

  • Accommodation
  • Advertising
  • Bank accounts
  • Billing
  • Buy to let
  • Carrier bags
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Cutting costs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Equipment
  • Exchange rates
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Holidays
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • 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
  • Stock control
  • 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
  • Trade debtors
  • 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

Finance function

  • Accounts staff
  • Delegation
  • Delivering value
  • Developing the team
  • Finance assistant

Financial analysis

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

Financial management

  • Balanced scorecard
  • Billing controller
  • Financial planning
  • Growth
  • Historic performance
  • Leverage
  • Management reporting
  • Profits
  • Stock control
  • Time management
  • Valuing stock
  • Working capital

Forecasting

  • Forecasting analysis
  • Freelance expenditure
  • Sales

Foreign transactions

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

Fraud

  • Detection
  • Miscellaneous
  • Prevention
  • Whistleblowing

Insurance

  • Business interruption
  • Damages claim
  • Export risk
  • Legal expenses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas travel
  • Private medical insurance
  • Risk management

Investment appraisal

  • Cost modelling
  • Investment appraisal
  • Miscellaneous
  • Property
  • Sensitivity analysis

Invoicing

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

IT

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

Legal compliance

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

Management accounts

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

Mergers and acquisitions

  • CMA clearance
  • Completion accounts
  • Data rooms
  • Due diligence
  • Integration
  • Joint venture
  • Selling a business
  • Targets
  • Warranties and indemnities

Miscellaneous

  • Marketing costs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Negotiation skills

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
  • P11D
  • Parental leave
  • PAYE inspections
  • Payrolling benefits
  • Payroll software
  • Pensions
  • Personal allowances
  • Record keeping
  • RTI
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory forms
  • Statutory pay
  • Tax codes
  • Termination payments

Performance appraisal

  • Performance appraisal
  • Project assessment

Performance management

  • Goal setting
  • SMART objectives
  • Staff turnover

Personnel

  • Apprenticeships
  • Benchmarking
  • Bonus schemes
  • Bribery
  • Capacity planning
  • Cost of sickness absence
  • Employee appraisal
  • Employee pricing
  • Employee share plans
  • Gender pay gap reporting
  • Holiday pay
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payroll spend
  • Performance management
  • Personal development
  • Recruitment issues
  • Redundancy costs
  • Share schemes
  • Staff costs
  • Status
  • Training
  • Tribunal claims

Presentations

  • PowerPoint

Pricing

  • Billable rates
  • Breakeven rates
  • Charge out rates
  • Exchange rate fluctuations
  • Royalties
  • Supplier costs
  • Teaser pricing

Productivity

  • Finance department

Profitability

  • Fee realisation
  • Measurement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit allocation
  • Return on capital employed
  • Staff costs
  • Staff efficiency
  • 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
  • Seed enterprise investment scheme
  • SFLGS
  • Supply chain finance

Reporting

  • Budget deviations
  • Charts
  • Dashboards
  • Financial reporting
  • Fixed assets
  • Forecasting sales
  • FRS
  • FRS102
  • Human resources/personnel
  • KPIs
  • Loans
  • Management accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-financial reporting
  • P&L reporting
  • Ratio analysis
  • Reporting software
  • Report rationalisation
  • Report writing
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • UKGAAP
  • What if analysis

Software

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

Stock taking

  • Miscellaneous
  • Obsolete stock
  • Stock management
  • Valuing stock

Strategy

  • Decision making

Tax and NI

  • Benefits
  • BPRA
  • Business tax account
  • Capital allowances
  • Company cars
  • Corporation tax
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Directors' tax
  • End of year returns
  • Evasion
  • Interest
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • NI increases
  • Official rate of interest
  • Payments
  • R&D relief
  • Record-keeping
  • Rollover relief

Tendering

  • News
  • Tendering procedures

Treasury

  • Recruitment
  • Treasury management

VAT

  • Cash accounting
  • Debt recovery
  • Disbursements
  • EC sales list
  • Insolvency
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-registered trader
  • Opt to tax
  • 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 11 - issue 1 - 05.10.2018

CASH FLOW MANAGEMENT

New invoice finance laws for SMEs

New legislation has been proposed to stop big businesses from contractually limiting their SME suppliers’ access to supply chain finance. What do these rules say?

REPORTING

Sensitivity in management accounts

The directors decided at the last board meeting that they would like to see some sensitivity analysis. The MD has asked you to include this in the next set of management accounts. What do you do next?

DIRECTORS’ REMUNERATION

When is a bonus better than a dividend?

When looking to extract profit from a close company, the classic advice is that a dividend payment is more tax efficient than a bonus. But is this always the best advice for your director shareholders?

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Identifying and addressing legacy activities

You’ve been asked to find additional business profit opportunities as the owner directors are keen to sell the company in the next year or so. The company is performing well so where should you be looking for those extra pounds?

DEDUCTIONS FROM PAY

Staff kit going missing - make them pay?

You’ve noticed an increase in the number of staff reporting lost or damaged equipment, such as protective clothing. What can you do to limit your outlay, and can you deduct the cost of replacements?

PENSIONS

Partner pension savings

You and your spouse have been doing some long overdue pension planning. One of you isn’t making any contributions, so what’s the most tax-effective way for the other one to help?

STAFF COSTS

Staff cover on the cheap

Staff are stretched at most small businesses, but when the school holidays arrive or demand peaks, it can be almost impossible to keep up. Is it worth using freelancers rather than relying on expensive agency staff?

MOBILE PHONES

How one call can save almost £4,000

Most phone contracts are for a fixed term so that you can spread the cost of the latest Apple, Android device, etc. But do you keep track of when the contract ends? If not, it could be a costly oversight.

PROFITABILITY

Identifying customers to stop working with

The new sales director has reduced the size of the sales team and is looking for ways to decrease the amount of work the team has to cope with. She has asked you to supply a list of “bad” customers. What do you do?

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Completion accounts or locked box?

When buying a company, you need a way to determine the final acquisition price. The two widely accepted methods are completion accounts and locked box. How do you decide which method is best?

SPREADSHEETS

How to deal with the rounding problem

You’re preparing a summary of the company’s month-end financials using Excel and want to round the figures to the nearest thousand for presentational purposes. What’s the best way to do this?

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

The end of childcare vouchers?

VAT

UK implications of a no-deal Brexit

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