Many businesses ignore the importance of good financial planning, assuming that what they believe is a good business idea will naturally provide them with profit and growth.

We all have goals for the future, but you also need to take practical steps to drive your business forward.

Business Plans

All businesses should have a written strategic plan which

  • Describes the business
  • Lists the objectives and strategies for achieving these
  • Provides financial forecasts for the short, medium and long term

A business plan is used for many purposes:

  • It can provide information potential investors
  • It can be used to securing external funding and loans
  • It will ensure you keep your business on track
  • It can be used to measure how successful (or otherwise) your business is


In its simplest form, a budget is predicting on paper, as best you can, what your financial transactions are likely to be during the coming year. More specifically, it can be described as the conversion of the plans of a business into a financial statement. This allows you to make informed decisions and is the key to running a successful business.

Management Accounts

Whilst the budget is a forecast of what you believe (and hope) will happen financially during the coming year, the reality may be different and therefore regular comparisons of the two should be made and analysed. The process of Management Accounting should be undertaken regularly throughout the year - at least every quarter, possibly monthly.

We can assist you in these, often overlooked areas by

  • Assisting with the financial forecasts in your business plan - either in the initial calculations or in looking over forecasts you have already prepared
  • Preparing a budget for the coming 12 months
  • Comparing this with your actual financial information regularly throughout the year and providing you with written reports on your financial performance
  • Highlight areas of concern and help you plan to overcome these

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