"Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring and communicating financial information to permit the informed judgements and decisions by users of that information"

Users can only make informed judgements and decisions if they understand the financial information with which they are presented.


We use real live case studies when developing our workshops, providing delegates with real world examples of business that have failed and businesses that have managed to survive through financial restructuring or austerity:

  • Why did Ford go bust in 2008 due to Cash Flow issues?

  • Why has Apple holding on to so much cash (and just how much?)

  • Why did Glencore undertake a debt for equity swap?

  • What is the difference in the Balance Sheet of an infrastructure provider (or network operator), a manufacturer, a trader and a service supplier?

  • Is ROCE a relevant measure to your business and why?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of high operational and financial gearing? What sort of businesses tend to be highly geared and why?

  • How did Acromas, a private equity investment vehicle, load up and debt and sell The AA and Saga at a profit?

  • What happened when Liverpool FC went bust?

  • How can Tesco operate with negative working capital?

  • How did the Bank of England cause BT to become technically insolvent?

  • How did LBG double the size of its Balance Sheet in a single year?

  • Is it possible to spot false accounting practices in the financial statements?