Accounting and finance for small businesses: an introduction

An intensive one-day masterclass to help entrepreneurs and small business owners better understand the numbers of their business and how to interpret them.

Key Information

Dates: Thursday 14th February 2019
Duration: One-day 
Fee: £495 (incl. VAT), includes all meals, refreshments and programme materials
Faculty: Stefano de Cesaris

Programme overview

When starting out, entrepreneurs and small business owners spend lots of time making decisions that will help bring their idea to life such as shaping products, fixing pricing and managing employees.

A solid understanding of accounting and finance underpins an entire business. This intensive one-day masterclass is designed to equip individuals with the practical tools, knowledge and financial confidence to manage the numbers of their business.

Complete this one-day programme with an improved understanding of how your business looks on paper, know how to measure performance against budgets and view your business through the lens of an investor.

Who is the programme for?

Anyone who is looking to improve their understanding of accounting and finance in relation to their business – you might be an entrepreneur or a small business owner, or perhaps you make up part of a small team who would benefit from an introduction to accounting and finance. This intensive one-day masterclass is perfectly suited for those with busy schedules.


  • Understand the core role of accounting and finance in business
  • Learn how to make sense of your financial statement
  • Understand the jargon that surrounds the complexities of accounting and finance
  • Improve your ability to use accounting information for effective decision-making
  • Learn the key statutory requirements of company accounts.

Focus and structure

These high-impact, focused sessions have been designed to equip you with tools that can be applied for maximum impact. You’ll learn through face-to-face teaching, case studies and experiential exercises, and by the end of the day you will understand the fundamentals of accounting and finance but will also be able to apply them to your business context.

In the morning session, you will explore the basic principles of accounting and finance before going on to examine how key business transactions look on your financial statements. You’ll review statutory reporting requirements for small businesses, before finishing the day by reviewing your company through the lens of an investor.

Who will you learn with?

Stefano De Cesaris is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Cass. Specialising in financial statement analysis and corporate valuation, Stefano has over 10 years of experience teaching accounting and finance to professional and student audiences worldwide.

Prior to joining Cass, Stefano worked at Goldman Sachs in London, before joining AMT Training in 2005, a leading provider of financial training for investment banks globally.

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