A two day workshop to help start-ups and small business owners understand material related to business accounting and entrepreneurial finance.

Image showing the Invest Essex brand logoBusiness Workshop with Invest Essex.

  • Tuesday 30 October 2019 and Wednesday 31 October 2019
  • 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • At The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL
  • FREE of charge but preference will be given to businesses based in Basildon Borough.
  • Aimed at business start-ups, local SMEs and corporates - Spaces are limited, so to book as soon as possible.
  • TO REGISTER TO ATTEND, please email:  Digital Marketing ( a member of the Invest Essex team will contact you within 1 working day )

In partnership with Invest ESSEX, Basildon Council is hosting this two day workshop to help start-ups and small business owners understand material related to business accounting and entrepreneurial finance.  In this workshop, you'll gain a basic understanding of the finance and accounting concepts which are so important in driving the success of your business.

Gaining accounting knowledge

This workshop aims to clarify the accounting language so that you are in control of the financial performance of your business, helping you forecast for the future, evaluate your current efforts, and establish strategies to meet your goals.

Accounting knowledge is still needed even if you plan to recruit an accountant as you can make better, informed decisions about your business. This workshop will enable you to have the tools necessary to have a better understanding of what the professionals are saying, so you can run your business more efficiently.

You'll learn about cash management, funding scored and book keeping basics and on day two, you'll learn about cash flow forecasting, break even analysis and variance analysis. These topics will give you the confidence and control needed when making financial decisions.

Topics include:

  • Double-entry book keeping
  • Preparation of profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and cash-flow statements
  • Analysis of accounting reports
  • Controlling cash
  • Sources of funding
  • Business planning, budgets, cash flow forecasting and variance analysis
  • Break even analysis
  • Capital appraisal
  • Product costing

Who will be speaking at the workshop

Jim Fletcher ACMA GCMA will be leading the workshop on both days. Jim is a business manager and a dedicated business coach with 40 years of commercial leadership experience.
Drawing on his long career in the manufacturing and engineering sector, Jim provides tailored coaching, consultancy, non-executive directorship and project management services, across a full range of management, finance, sales & marketing and operations functions.

Who the workshop is for

The workshop is aimed at businesses ranging from start-up founders to local business owners to corporates and is geared to anyone without a finance or accounting background.

Those that can attend include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Micro business owners
  • Small business owners
  • Middle managers
  • Consultants
  • Coaches
  • E-commerce businesses
  • Digital marketers
  • Service based business owners