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Key skills: ethics and technical competence

This week, we have looked at how organisations communicate news to interested parties. For users to have confidence in the information reported by organisations, those producing it must be technically …

Reporting success

Although measuring and achieving success are important, an organisation also needs to be able to effectively communicate its success to the wider world. In this video, Alice considers how businesses …

Measuring success: not-for-profit entities

How do organisations in the not-for-profit sector measure their success? In all organisations, measuring success is about assessing the extent to which the organisation is meeting its goals. Some of …

Measuring success: businesses

The financial information a business communicates to the outside world has important implications for how the business is perceived. As Alice explains in this video, the ways in which businesses …

The week ahead

Welcome to the final week of the course, which is all about success. This week we will look at how organisations, including both businesses and not-for-profit entities, measure success and …

Understanding variances

We saw in the last step that comparing budgets with actual performance is vital for any business to identify problems. As a result, financial teams are always on the look-out …

Plans, budgets and forecasts

In this video, we’ll see how budgeting and forecasting are essential for any organisation to plan for the future and stay on track. As Alice explains: a budget is a …

The financial life-cycle of a business

In the last step Alice introduced the range of activities a finance team fulfils in an established business. In this video we’ll explore each of these in more detail. All …

The finance team and financial data

In this video Alice gives an overview of the role of the finance team in an established business, and a range of business people explain the importance of financial information …

The week ahead

Welcome to the third week of the course, where we’ll explore the role of financial management in making sure a business stays on track. In this video, Peter is joined …

Key skills: decision-making

In this video Alice considers the importance of decision-making within any successful business or organisation. This week we have seen that every business wants to achieve growth at some point. …

Financing growth: crowdfunding

Borrowing money always comes with some risks, particularly in periods of financial uncertainty. Loans can be hard to come by in a challenging business environment. In some circumstances the demands …

Financing growth: debt

An additional source of finance for a business is to borrow money. In the last video we saw that many businesses seek equity investment to help finance their growth. Finding …