Budgeting

Your financial blueprint for the year ahead. It’s where your plans are translated into revenue and cost lines, and where you work on how to ensure your business is a profitable and predictable business. Yes, it’s a numbers document but it outlines the importance of building a plan that dictates what success means, and helps keep you and your team focussed.

Management Reporting

Presenting key financial mechanics, monthly or quarterly, allows your management team to gain insight on performance and make informed decisions. Profit and loss, an updated date balance sheet – as well as any other KPIs you’re tracking – are the bedrock of your financial health. Answering questions like “How much have we made?”, and “How have we made it?”, may sound obvious but mapping this to your budget will help to see where you are against your plan, and open up where your strengths and weaknesses currently are.

Forecasting

This live snapshot of your business is based entirely on what we know here and now, and paints a picture of where you are likely to end up based on anticipated performance. It’s a shorter-term view but, when used in line with your budget, can show the reality on costs of increased sales, or what might happen to profitability if the number of pitches won is not as high as hoped.

Operational Finance

The commercial angle of your operations is best looked at quarterly, and should shine a light on departmental performance, the profitability of clients and even individuals. It might show that you have good clients and staff, but ask whether you’re making enough money from them. You might be winning overall, but is it masking under-performance in certain areas? Operational finance can help you quantify the success of service lines, pricing and teams, so you can replicate in other areas or delve deeper into underlying issues.

Detailed Cost Reviews

It’s really easy to waste money and, without controls, these can mount up pretty quickly. Typical issues for business owners include having lots of software subscriptions which are no longer needed, and underestimating travel costs. Having a quarterly review of your costs and looking at where to cut waste or drive efficiencies (like travel booking policies) can make a big difference and provide a quick win for profitability.