Understanding Cash Flow

3 hour workshop


Cash is King – we all know that, don’t we?

This course will explain why the cash flow of an organisation is the most important part of accounts and bookkeeping.

Accounting jargon can frighten business owners and managers and this course will help to remove the mystery and explain the terminology.

You will find out why it is important to know your cash balance at any given time so that you do not run out of cash.  You will be shown that cash is the most honest reflection of your business as it is the least affected by the finance and accounting principles.  You will also be shown the basic principles of how to forecast your cashflow so that you can see the probable consequences of your plans and decisions.

This course can be taken on its own or as one in a group of three hour courses that includes Key Concepts in FinanceUnderstanding your P&LUnderstanding Working Capital, and Understanding the Balance Sheet.

Key Content

  • Cash inflows and outflows
  • Creating a cash flow forecast
  • Understand where cash comes from, operations, financing and investing
  • How to include non-­‐operational cash in the cashflow forecast


The course is designed for business owners and managers who have no formal financial training but want to understand clearly how cashflow works and how to prepare a cash flow forecast.

There may be concerns that they only see the accounts when the quarterly VAT and when the annual tax returns are completed and this does not provide them with sufficient information to properly manage their business.

Course Objectives

Course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of a cash flow inflows and outflows
  • Understand what is happening in the business
  • Understand that all managers affect cash
  • Understand cash flow jargon
  • Prepare a cash flow forecast

Course Requirements

Delegates on this course do not require any qualifications or accounting knowledge. It would help the delegates understanding if they have some involvement with finances and financial information.

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