The Better Business Finance masterclass will help business owners take control of their finances by providing them with a range of tools and skills and ultimately strengthening their understanding of the numbers in their business. There are no two ways about it, we have to make the numbers work, financial mastery is essential for decision makers and managers in business.

Running exclusively for County Durham businesses on the 16th & 17th October in Stanley, the Better Business Finance masterclass is delivered by Harlands, with your fully funded place supported by NBSL's North East Business Support Fund.

If you want to grow and expand your business and gain control, you need to understand the business finances better! You can either have control and an understanding of what is happening in the business, or you can rely on luck. We know which one we prefer.

Profit and Loss Accounts, Balance Sheets, Depreciation, Break Even, Profit Percentages, Dividends, Tax, Budgets, KPI’s, Assets, Liabilities, Cashflow and Revenue are just some of the words that people don’t understand, or identify the impact of these numbers.

Finance is the language of business and in this workshop, we explain all of the above in plain English. We will show the attendees how to think with a commercial head, and why understanding your numbers is essential in key business decisions and growth.

The key topics we will cover across the masterclass;

  • Day 1 will be all about demystifying accountancy whereby we will help you understand accounting information to make better, more informed decisions about your business.
  • On Day 2, you will learn how to apply these techniques to manage your business better, which will give you confidence and control when making financial decisions.
  • This course aims to demystify 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.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at business owners or directors in the County Durham region who are looking to growth and is geared to anyone without a finance or accounting background.

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If you're a trading SME, based in County Durham, go to the application form to secure your fully funded place.


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