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4 August 2014

Managing Partner at Dutton Moore Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

Cash Flow, Budgeting and Forecasting:

As we come out of the recession a lot of firms are getting busier and this is the most important time for a business to consider its next steps.

Business planning needs to be more than just looking ahead to the next week or month – forecasting and planning well ahead for financial matters is essential.

Even though the economy is picking up and prospects are starting to look brighter, banks are still cautious and applications for credit are passed stringently through credit departments. The credit process will require detailed forecasts and budgets to show a business can pay the debt.

It is very important that business proprietors are prepared and plan ahead. You need to plan when you may have a cash shortfall and when you will need credit. You can’t borrow the money on a Friday to pay the wages the following Monday – it doesn’t work that quickly.

Cash flow management is so important for a business. The banks like to work with businesses who are working with quality, local accountants. Reputable accountant’s forecasts can help tip the scales and work in a business’s favour for achieving credit if the accountants have done the due diligence and can assure the bank that the application is well planned.

Think ahead, look at budgets and forecast – it is the only way to ensure the long-term stability of your business.


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