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The balance sheet barrier

The basics of business finance

  • Business
  • Beginner
  • 1 Lessons
  • 2.00 hours


Course Overview

The aim of this business finance training video

To enable managers to appreciate how key financial statements are calculated and how they are used.


The light-hearted approach of this world-famous programme helps take the fear out of financial documents and complex concepts and, although accounts might never become a manager's favourite topic, it does at least make them understandable.

Meet two contrasting people - a well-educated company director, and the streetwise owner of a small factory - to see how the whole process of business finance works.

Because the success or failure of her manufacturing company is down to her, the factory owner knows the importance of understanding how money goes round the business and how to track and measure it - and she's happy to explain it in everyday language!

Having been previously too embarrassed to admit his lack of knowledge, the company director learns from her the difference between key documents and the significance of the balance sheet, profit and loss accounts and cash-flow forecasts.

This well-presented and structured programme assumes no prior knowledge of finance, and avoids financial jargon in favour of everyday language to convey the key points.

Featuring John Cleese, this training video will enable managers to appreciate how key financial statements are calculated and used.

The key video outcomes

  • Understand how key financial statements are calculated and what they mean
  • Increase business acumen by expanding awareness of all financial aspects of any company

All Video Arts e-learning courses come embedded with our award-winning video: so your people are more likely to engage in the training and retain the messages. This two-hour course can be taken in bite-sized chunks and is designed to let your employees dip in and out for self-paced learning.

e-learning modules:

  • Trailer
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction
  • Money, money, money
  • Working capital
  • The cash merry-go-round
  • Profit
  • Balance sheet terms
  • Cashflow
  • Summary
  • Knowledge Check
A Video Arts production featuring Dawn French and John Cleese.

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