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Tips & Advice Financial Controller

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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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Staff turnover

Personnel

  • Apprenticeships
  • Benchmarking
  • Bonus schemes
  • Bribery
  • Capacity planning
  • Cost of sickness absence
  • 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

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
  • 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

Tendering

  • News
  • Tendering procedures

Treasury

  • Recruitment
  • Treasury management

VAT

  • Cash accounting
  • Debt recovery
  • Disbursements
  • EC sales list
  • Insolvency
  • 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 10 - issue 9 - 08.06.2018

PAYROLL

2018/19 payroll changes

The Autumn Budget 2017 announced changes to tax and NI limits. What do you need to know to prepare for the 2018/19 payroll year?

ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

Hiring accounts staff more quickly

An accounts assistant has just resigned. Last time you had to replace a team member it took far too long to find the right person and in the meantime you had to engage a temp. Are there ways to speed up the recruitment process?

STAFF INCENTIVES

Bonus schemes based on performance scores

The managing director has decided to revise the company’s annual bonus scheme from a pro rata division of the pool and prefers a link to staff performance. How do you go about devising a suitable scheme?

VAT

Get the VAT back now

You know there’s more input VAT to claim for this VAT return but you don’t have the paperwork yet. To aid cash flow, you don’t want to have to wait until the next VAT return to claim this. So how do you get the VAT back now?

STAFF COSTS

Get to work early

Your business suffers with staff arriving late. You want to ask them to arrive a few minutes early so that they can start work on time. Is this an option and what could you save if it is?

INCOME TAX

Maximising tax-free allowances

If you’re one of the 1.5 million taxpayers who completes their self-assessment tax return in January, it’s not too late to make use of a tax-saving opportunity. What’s to know and how much are we talking about?

LATE PAYMENT

Avoid a late payment problem?

New research suggests that one in five SMEs are owed £25,000 in late payments. Could a few checks on any new clients prevent you from becoming one of them and save you money too?

Large companies are notorious when it comes to parting with cash. Indeed, a recent poll of 1,000 SME owners and decision makers found that:

WASTE

Recycle with smart bins?

You take your recycling duties seriously - after all, it’s in your financial interests to do so. You’ve heard about a bin that sorts your recycling. Is this just a gimmick or something that could save you money?

PROFITABILITY

Improving fee realisation

You’ve been reviewing the profitability of the company’s projects and have seen that the fees billed don’t always equate to those that ought to have been. How can you influence project teams to improve the realisation of fees?

AUDITS

Is it too late to change auditors?

It’s a new year and your audit is due soon. You haven’t been that satisfied with your current auditors so you want to change them. But they’ve said you’re too late to do it as the year end has passed - is this right?

SPREADSHEETS

Tips for working with bank statement CSV files in Excel

To import a bank statement into your accounting software, you first need to download it as a CSV file into Excel. You then have to spend time editing the data in Excel before importing it. How can you do this more effectively?

HMRC

Interest rate increase

STAFF COSTS

Be prepared for increased tribunal claims in 2018

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