Practical Financial Management for the Small Business  Short Courses

This practical evening course in Financial Management is aimed at those interested in or already running their own small business who want to learn how to record and prepare business accounts that comply with accounting standards and HMRC requirements.

Students learn the basics of financial management for the small business and look at the essential elements of finance, including book-keeping, cost analysis, VAT returns, sources of funding, taxation and cash flow forecasts.

The Financial Management for the Small Business short course will examine how these techniques can be integrated into all aspects of running a small business.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

City's course in Financial Management will provide small business owners with an understanding of financial management in order to effectively run their own small business.

Our 10 week classes will also enable students to document business accounts that are compliant with accounting standards and HMRC requirements.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Tutor Info

Tony Pamphilon has many years' experience of working in colleges and universities, in the UK and overseas. He has managed large departments and taught learners of all abilities from beginners up to  undergraduates and postgraduates. He currently works as a freelance lecturer and consultant and teaches a wide range of accounting related subjects at City, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London.


An interest in small business management.

Applicants must be competent in basic arithmetic.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to understand the basics of:

  • How to prepare and maintain a set of business accounts that comply with accounting standards and HMRC requirements
  • Budgeting to enable better business cash flow management
  • Costing and ratio analysis to enable you to review business performance and efficiency
  • Sources of Funding
  • Completing VAT returns
  • Tax planning. Gain an overview of HMRC requirements with a view to minimising your tax burden


Week 1Introduction to Accounts: Double Entry Principles & Trial Balance
Week 2Income Statements and Balance Sheets
Week 3Ratio Analysis
Week 4Cash Flow Forecasting
Week 5Accounting for Cash
Week 6Bank Reconciliation
Computerised Accounts overview
Week 7Costing and Break Even Analysis
Week 8Sources of Finance
Week 9VAT
Week 10 Tax Planning

Recommended Reading

Cox, D. (2012) Business Accounts for book-keeping and financial accounting courses: Osborne Books

Additional reading will be suggested during the course.

Application Deadline: