Managing costs

The money that leaves a business, whether in the form of wages, suppliers? bills, general overheads or the interest on loans, can be as vital to its success (or survival) as the money that comes in from customers. Managing costs effectively should, therefore, play a central role in business financial planning.

If you have a business loan, a commercial mortgage, or a permanent overdraft facility with your bank, the chances are that you may be paying more than you need to in interest.
Do you find that despite your best efforts to charge customers up front and to plan for the worst, bad debts still cause major problems for your business?
Most business owner-managers find that they spend only a small percentage of their time on important strategic planning. A great deal of their effort is spent on the day-to-day running of the business - the 'housekeeping' side of things.
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Even during the best of economic times, cashflow can be critical for many smaller businesses.
The EU Working Time Directive, gives UK employees the right to refuse to work more than an average 48-hour week, and to have at least four weeks paid holiday a year.
Introducing the discipline that finance management brings means a business is much better placed to organise and plan its development.
The vast majority of businesses have suppliers - other businesses that supply them with goods and services.
It's an unfortunate fact of business life, but not every invoice gets paid on time. For many smaller businesses this can be more than an inconvenience; it can be harmful to cashflow as well.