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Practical advice for micro business

Practical advice for micro business

It can be difficult to get practical advice for micro business, especially when you're on a budget.  In an effort to share good advice and help every business thrive despite the current restrictions the team at North Devon's Business Action magazine has developed a...

Your guide to creating a cashflow forecast

Your guide to creating a cashflow forecast

I spend a lot of time talking about cashflow, but how do you create a cashflow forecast for yourself? Where do you get the information from? What does it mean! Here's my guide to creating a worthwhile cashflow forecast for your business: How To Start Your Cashflow...

Avoid second lockdown cashflow crisis

Avoid second lockdown cashflow crisis

Does a second lockdown mean cashflow crisis for your business? What can you do to avoid it? We know that a lot more businesses are allowed to stay open this time than were able to in March, but staying open is not necessarily a good outcome. A lot of SMEs have used up...

SOS – help managing cashflows in distress?

SOS – help managing cashflows in distress?

The saying "Cash is King" is very true: profit doesn't pay the bills. But that doesn't help when there just isn't enough cash to go round and you need help with managing cashflow and getting out of trouble. This is the final instalment in a series of posts that I...

Making the most of cash

Making the most of cash

Generally people only think about cashflow when there is a shortage of cash in the bank to pay the bills. But what happens if you find your business with surplus cash in the bank? For some businesses at present that is a very real possibility, either because the...

Case Study: AMZCO Construction

Case Study: AMZCO Construction

AMZCO Construction specialises in building and maintaining anaerobic digestion plants. They work on a small number of complex, multi million pound projects meaning that it is vital that they have timely, reliable information to help keep control of the finances. On...

Case Study: Ecocleen South West

Case Study: Ecocleen South West

I was introduced to Ecocleen South West and the owner Jim Humphrey by his accountant in 2018. The business was growing exponentially but there was not enough information available to track profitability and manage cashflow. Initially quarterly bookkeeping (in Xero)...

Closing date for CBILS applications

Closing date for CBILS applications

Right now (mid September 2020) the media are shouting about the end of the furlough scheme, but the closing date for applications to the CBILS scheme at the end of this month seems to be slipping by with less interest. Most businesses that I come across have taken...

Cashflow First Aid

Cashflow First Aid

Previously I have talked about the importance of having a cashflow forecast, and how to get started creating one. Next in my series of posts about cashflow is my top tips for first aid for when that forecast is looking gloomy. 1. Good decisions need good data You...

Good management accounts

Good management accounts

Financial Direction is about using good management accounts to improve profits and cashflow. That's a pretty big claim, so what do I really mean? Xero produces management reports for you (other software packages are available). They look very similar to the accounts...

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