Workshops finance and accounting concepts for non-financial professionals

Accountancy is not only for accountants. Currently, everyone can improve their financial concepts and should know how to manage financial basics without complexity.

The seminars are designed to help participants obtain answers to questions relating to business:

  • What do these accounts mean?
  • How are these accounts linked together?
  • What indicators do I need to pay attention to?
  • What are the key ratios?
  • How to read a simple financial report?

Duration: 2 days

Réf. : AFNF17

Training objectives:

  • To learn about key accounting and finance terms
  • To know and understand accounting and financial information
  • To learn and read financial statements of a company
  •  To analyze a balance sheet and a profit and loss account (income statement)
  • To understand the flow of money with Treasury, Working Capital and Working capital requirement
  • To understand the importance and use of key financial ratios

Type of workshop

  • For companies, small groups or tailor-made workshops

Dates for the sessions in October and early November

  • 25  & 26/10/2017
  • 09 & 10/11/2017

Customized training: schedules and venue to be defined

Please contact us for the next workshops for November and December.

Lunch and refreshments are included.


The workshops are held from 9: 00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30.

Participants are welcomed from 8:45.

Workshop program

1st day

The morning


  • What is the purpose of accounting?
  • Financial concepts and terminologies
  • Accounting cycle

Balance Sheet

  • Introduction of a balance sheet and its structure
  • Which are the information that is located on the assets and on the liabilities in the balance sheet
  • Understand the assets of a company

Practical exercise: analysis of the Balance Sheet

The afternoon

Profit and loss account

  • What is it the income statement?
  • The structure of the income statement
  • The ‘bottom line’

To analyze the performance of the company starting from the income statement

  • Key financial perfomances
  • Which information to retain?

Practical exercise: financial analysis on the performance of the company.

2nd day

The morning

To analyse the financial capital investement for the company

  • The needs and long-term resources: the Working Capital (WC)
  • The needs and financial resources in the short term: working capital requirement (WCR)
  • Analysis of Cash-Flow

Practical exercise: reading and understanding of the balance sheet from the WCR and WC.

The afternoon

The key ratios

  • Analysis of the performance of a company starting from traditional ratios, such as profitability, debt management and operating ratios
  • Other ratios

The ‘break-even’ point

Practical exercise: calculation of ratios and the break-even point.

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