General Finance

Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Understanding financial information presented by accountants is a fundamental skill required in business, whether you run a restaurant or are the CEO of a large listed corporation. This 3-day workshop will provide you with the ability to interpret financial statements and monthly management accounts, and use the information therein to assist in management decision making and control.

The workshop will provide an introduction to key financial concepts and high level overview of finance in general. It is designed to be interactive and the number of participants will be limited to facilitate active learning.

At the end of the workshop, you should be able to meaningfully review financial statements, analyse what this information means, calculate and interpret financial ratios, analyse costs in a different light, understand the sources of finance and cost of capital, and be able to review budgets and project plans with a higher degree of financial wisdom. The workshop will also link financial numbers and ratios to value creation in a business.

YOUR COURSE PRESENTER

Greg Beech CA (SA)

Greg is a CA(SA) having qualified in 1992. He regularly consults on mergers & acquisitions, strategy and valuations. He worked in corporate finance and private equity for Standard Bank and Real Africa Durolink in the 1990’s. Greg has been self-employed since 2000.

Greg chairs the APC Examinations Committee and remains a member of the ITC Examinations Committee at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). He previously chaired the Financial Management Examinations Committee from 1999 to 2014.

Greg regularly presents to corporate audiences on valuations, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), financial analysis, behavioural finance, due diligence, financial modelling, costing methodologies, finance for non-financial managers and financial strategy. He is a faculty member at GIBS teaching part-time to MBA students on mergers & acquisitions and delivers various public seminars for GIBS. Greg has been presenting valuations and M&A seminars for SAICA on a national basis for the past 7 years.

He co-authored Valuations, mergers & acquisitions, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Greg received special recognition from SAICA in April 2016 at an awards dinner for his significant contribution to the professional education of chartered accountants in South Africa over the past three decades

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Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

Financial analysis is a critical skill in business whether you are the CFO of a large multi-national or an entrepreneur running your own family business. The ability to analyse financial statements, calculate relevant ratios and interpret these in a meaningful way will go a long way towards staying ahead of the pack. This 2-day workshop is aimed at individuals with prior knowledge of financial analysis and attempts to elevate these skills to a new level. The use of case studies throughout should assist in transforming theoretical knowledge into practical learning. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to participate in various practical exercises.

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Behavioural Finance

Behavioural Finance is receiving increased media coverage. Traditional economic theory is premised on the assumption that humans act rationally in business. Behavioural scientists point out that we often err by allowing emotions and biases to influence our decision making. This emerging field of research is relevant to almost all aspects of business.

This one day seminar aims to introduce delegates to Behavioural Economics and potentially enlighten them as to how they and others may not always behave rationally in business. The seminar is suitable for anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge of human behaviour and potentially using this to their advantage in the business environment.

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Effective Financial Report Writing

In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in the evolution and application of their learning, contributing to the content and sentiment of the workshop and actively providing a guideline of their challenges towards the achievement of the team outcomes.

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