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Tuesday 3 December 2019

Understanding Financial Accounts

Tuesday 3rd December, 9.30am – 1pm


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Get your finances on track for for 2020

This workshop aims to provide you with an understanding of the structure and purpose of financial information. Through an interactive and engaging approach (where no-one is left behind) the main financial elements of the annual and interim accounts, in particular the Balance Sheet and Income Statement are explored. Delegates will be able to understand core financial principles in simple terms where often difficult terminology is used.


You will learn:

– How to understand the main purpose of accounts and their elements.

– How to be ask questions ‘triggered’ by significant year on year changes in your annual accounts.

– How to understand the purposes of income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements, the terminology used and the ‘narrative’ behind the figures.


Our Workshop Leader



Stephen Harris has supported over 500 start-ups since 1999. A Chartered Quality Professional and Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Stephen has a wide range of experience in business issues. He has a successful track record in designing, developing and facilitating training courses across business related fields having delivered measurable improvements to profitability and cost reduction in a wide range of organisations from SME’s to large Blue Chip organisations, with a keen understanding of the Key Financial and Quality Performance Indicators.

Stephen’s academic qualifications include a BSc in Organisational Management and Finance with Post Graduate Qualifications in Quality Management. He is a Chartered member of The Institute of Quality Assurance, the British Psychological Society and holds further qualifications in training and development.

As Director of Quesst Ltd between 2000 and 2012 Stephen has worked with organisations such as Rolls Royce, The Open University, Smith & Nephew, City and Guilds, Jaguar, Land Rover, the Co-operative Group and Warwick University.
Quesst Ltd was sold in January 2013 and currently Stephen now works with organisations such Innovation Birmingham as Entrepreneur in Residence supporting new businesses.