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This course is for managers and leaders who want to develop their commercial awareness, financial knowledge and strategic thinking capabilities, so they can influence the direction of their business and deliver to their full potential.

This course will assist managers in undertaking financial analysis, with focus on the P&L (Income Statement) and the costs they manage. It will also cover strategic budgeting – setting the objectives for the organisation or business unit – and how to turn their strategy into a commercially viable plan that others may find ‘attractive.’

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Know the key financial elements of a company
  • Appreciate how companies are structured and financed
  • Understand how the balance sheet, profit and loss account, and statutory and management accounts are used to manage the business
  • Be able to build a budget and business case for strategic goals and investment opportunities
  • Demonstrate their ability to assess the performance of the business against the budget
  • Increase their ‘commercial acumen’, confidence and credibility when dealing with others in the organisation

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

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Tailoring our design for you

This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

Here’s how Speak First can make the training even more relevant for you and your people:

Tailored Design

Tailored design develops existing content and enhances it with relevant case studies, role-plays and more to make the learning even more effective for your people

Bespoke Design

Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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