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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
  • Incremental analysis
  • 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
  • Indemnities
  • 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
  • Flexible working
  • 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
  • Credit cards
  • 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
  • Making tax digital
  • News

Overheads

  • Cost management
  • Factory costs
  • Miscellaneous

Payroll/PAYE

  • Apprentices
  • BACS
  • Bonuses
  • Deductions
  • Directors
  • Dispensations
  • Employee share plans
  • End of year returns
  • Errors
  • Expenses
  • 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
  • Remuneration strategy
  • 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
  • Inter-company pricing
  • Royalties
  • Supplier costs
  • Teaser pricing

Productivity

  • Finance department

Profitability

  • Fee realisation
  • KPIs
  • 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
  • Penalties
  • 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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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 11 - issue 3 - 07.12.2018

CORPORATION TAX

Finance Act 2019 - what’s new?

The draft Finance Act 2019 contains a number of tax measures affecting business finances. Which are most likely to impact your company?

PURCHASING

Can you use incremental analysis to make a choice?

Your factory manager wants to buy a replacement machine for the production line. It’s an expensive piece of equipment and the existing machine still functions well. How can you help the directors decide on the best course of action?

CREDIT CONTROL

Getting invoices paid before Christmas

With many businesses shutting down for the Christmas holidays, there’s only a small window of opportunity for your customers to pay you. How can you ensure that you don’t start the new year with a poor cash flow forecast?

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

How can you improve the company’s debtor days?

Following a review of debtor days with the bank manager, the MD has asked you for a plan to improve the efficiency of the accounts receivable department. Where should you start and what should you consider?

UTILITIES

Water switch savings greater than expected

In April 2017 the retail water market changed. New research suggests the money SMEs could save by shopping around is more than predicted. But how much more and should you bother switching?

TRAINING COSTS

Tax breaks for trainees

You accept the need to invest in training your staff. But though the costs can quickly mount up, there are some little-known tax savings that could help you out. What might you save?

OFFICE COSTS

Rising food costs - check the fridge

The long hot and dry summer is pushing up the price of some essential foods this winter. If you supply free food, drinks, etc. to your staff what can you do to manage the increased cost?

ENERGY

A bright idea - change the light bulbs

Another ban on light bulbs has now come into effect. Which ones are affected this time around and could the change to lower energy replacements actually save your business money?

CONTRACTS

Getting indemnities right

You’re likely to be involved in setting contract terms with customers. One area that is usually heavily negotiated is indemnities. What should you be looking out for when reviewing them?

PURCHASE LEDGER

Is it time to clean up the purchase ledger master file?

During the last audit, the auditors noted that there were a number of errors emanating from input into the purchase ledger. They recommended that the purchase ledger be cleaned up. How should you do this and why is it important?

SPREADSHEETS

New SORT and SORTBY functions in Excel

A new set of powerful array functions is being rolled out to Office 365 subscribers. Three useful ones are SORT, SORTBY and FILTER. What’s the advantage of using these and how do they work?

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VAT

MTD recording for multiple purchase invoices

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