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PEST worksheet

PEST worksheetIn order to make decisions and put your forecasts together, you need to understand the fast-changing external environment your business operates in. A PEST analysis is a tool to help you understand that wider context which might impact ... Read more

Activity based costing example

Activity Based Costing exampleIf your company wants to rationalise its range of products and services, you need to work out which ones to keep and which to bin. Activity Based Costing can help you to do this.What's Activity Based Costing?You need to u... Read more

Business plan budget cash flow

Business plan budget cash flowIt's often left to you to understand and monitor the most critical factor for a new business venture - cash flow! Working capital is a key part of a new business's plan because small changes in sales demand can have a disp... Read more

Business plan budget workbook

Business plan budget workbookFinancial planning for a new business is critical but it's often overlooked because the owners/directors can be overly engaged with trying to drive sales. So your involvement in building up a budget for the business plan ca... Read more

Capacity planning

Capacity planning Staff capacity is comprised of the number of people, their roles, skills, experience, motivation and potential. Capacity may be made up from permanent full and part-timers through to temporary staff. However, how can you demonstrate... Read more

Funds flow reconciliation

Funds flow reconciliationA rolling monthly cash flow forecast should be based on a profit and loss forecast. However, certain movements in the profit and loss forecast are non-cash items for the month concerned, for example, changes in provisions, de... Read more

Imputed cost calculator

Imputed cost calculatorAs the company's accountant, how do you make sure that decisions made by the board have taken all costs into account, even where these may not be obvious to them?Hidden costsCosts may not be incurred directly but are still borne... Read more

Overhead allocation calculator

Overhead allocation calculatorIf your company charges by the hour or day, you need to include an element for overhead costs when you calculate the billable rates. What's the best way to allocate the overheads across your billable staff?three methodsTh... Read more

Questioning a sales forecast

Questioning a sales forecastThe sales forecast is perhaps the most important set of numbers to come out of the budgetary process. The sales figure is the driver for all direct expenses and some indirect ones. It's used to predict the cash flow forecas... Read more

Scenario planning template

Scenario planning templatePredicting the future is never easy, and that's particularly the case when developing business plans. Budgets can become outdated or even an impediment to financial decision-making. How can you rise above this problem?Key var... Read more
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