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Develop your financial skills? Take our free online finance skills assessment

Develop your financial skills by taking our free online assessment. This assessment will identify whether or not you need to develop your financial skills further. The assessment is a mixture of multiple choice and multiple selection questions. It is an ideal tool to assess your financial competency and identify whether or not you need to undertake further training. You will have immediate access to a feedback report with scores for your knowledge and practical application. If you score over 85% overall, you will be awarded a free certificate. CPD points will be awarded if you also purchase one of our books. Take the assessment now! Find out more

Financial Awareness for the Public and Non Profit Sectors – A 1 day CPD course

This CPD course on budget setting, management and control will boost your budgeting skills and contribute to your ongoing professional development. For more details please contact us at and we can send you a booking form or book online with

Budgeting for Managers CPD Courses – June 2019

This CPD course on budget setting, management and control will boost your budgeting skills and contribute to your ongoing professional development. For more details please contact us at and we can send you a booking form or book online with

6 Budget Setting Techniques – Explained

The budget setting process is crucial for effective budgetary control. Budgets should accurately reflect the services being provided. There are several budget setting techniques that can be used for both expenditure and income budgets. These techniques can be used independently or in combination, depending on the type of budget implemented. The 6 widely used budget setting techniques are: Incremental budgeting Zero based budgeting Cash limited budgeting Resource restricted budgeting Activity based budgeting Contingency budgeting 1.     Incremental budgeting The incremental budgeting technique uses historic income and expenditure data as a starting point. This data is usually acquired from the previous year’s budget, accounts, or a combination of the two. The historic data is used as the baseline to formulate the budget for the following year. The budget can be set by implementing the following procedure: Consider each budget heading separately Add or subtract inflation factor to the historic data Adjust for other known factors such as savings or approved growth Advantages Simple Quick Accurate – only if there is little change

Going Global with Export Worldwide

We now feature some of our finance books and courses on the export worldwide platform. This enables our landing pages to be viewed in 20 different languages such that all our customers can engage with our products. Please view our pages and feel free to find our more by contacting us.  

Flat Fee Candidate Screening for Finance Posts

  HB Consulting are subject matter experts in finance. The Directors are Chartered Accountants with over 25 years consultancy experience. During this time, they have assisted organisations in both the public and private sector. Not only have they participated on recruitment panels, they have also designed interview questions and screened potential candidates using their online assessment system. The assessment system can be tailored to meet the needs of specific job descriptions, for all levels of finance posts. We are now offering the following service package for a flat fee from £299 excluding VAT. Review of CVs to provide a first shortlist Objective assessment of core skills and knowledge, using our online system Bespoke competency assessment to match job description Shortlisting of candidates for interview after the assessment results Client summary identifying key questions to incorporate during the interview   We are able to add value to the recruitment process because of our subject matter expertise and experience. Whilst a recruitment agency may find the candidates, we can help with the

Making Budgets Work – Free eBook

Our free eBook is now available to view by following this link.    

Avoiding a serious financial situation

We offer free finance training advice. Whilst Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) faces a serious financial situation (BBC 6th February 2018), it should have come as no surprise given their recent financial statements. Not only were there deficits arising from operations but also the balance sheet shows liquidity issues. When current assets are less than current liabilities all officers should be concerned about how the bills will be paid. In many organisations, sometimes there is a woeful lack of financial awareness and understanding amongst senior managers, resulting in a “head in the sand” approach to budget management and control. Budget holders are often not aware of the “big picture” in respect of the financial position of their organisation, and training is often an easy target for budget cuts. The cost benefit of an investment in financial training for all staff that spend an organisation’s money is immeasurable. Council’s such as NCC should, and must ensure that managers are not only competent in the area of their business but also have financial

Finance and Management Books for the Public Sector

  View our video showcasing our public sector finance and management books. These are all available to purchase in paperback online by visiting our “Books and eBooks” page. Kindle versions are available from Amazon, and eBook versions from Googlebooks. These books are easy to read and practical. They are ideal for managers and those working in the public and non-profit sectors. They contain exercises and self development activities to help develop finance skills. Some of the books when combined with our online assessments attract CPD certification.

Winter Newsletter Now Available

Email for a copy of our Winter Newsletter. Included is “How to achieve value for money” along with “special offers”. There are substantial discounts on our books, and anyone requesting a copy of the Newsletter will be able to get a 20% discount by quoting reference “Winter2017”