Making Budgeting Work in the Real World

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Online Course on Budgeting in the Real WorldBudgeting in the Real World Online CPD Training Course

Budgeting seems so simple in the textbooks. So why does it often fail in practice? Stuart Warner explains the barriers to effective budgeting and enables learners to create and manage more successful budgets. The author’s practical experience, coupled with many hours discussing the issues in the classroom, enables him to frame the key questions and open the debate about how to create an effective and efficient budgeting process.

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Each module is split into two activities: Understanding the issues and Putting it into practice. The first encourages learners to think about a topic, drawing on their own professional experience and knowledge. The second helps learners to put ideas and/or theories into practice as part of their day-to-day work.

Making Budgeting Work in the Real World enables the learner to


  • Choose the most appropriate budgeting method
  • Devise ways to overcome weaknesses in their current budgeting system
  • Consider ways of better communicating and presenting budgets to non-financial staff
  • Meet the varying budget preparation needs of different departments


Rating: 5 Stars for online course 97% of learners thought this course met their CPD needs
“Being able to do it at my own pace and in my own time was really good.”
“The short and easy to read points on budgeting were great and the case studies which helped break up the theory and tested your knowledge of the topic were very informative. The way you could complete a certain area of the course and then come back to it to your own time was fantastic, I loved this flexibility.
“I like the fact that it forced me to think about why I was doing things. I also liked that the online facility was available at a time to suit me and did not involve travel and additional childcare arrangements for me.”
“The interactive format worked very well and being able to see what other participants were thinking was informative and interesting.”
“Although I have been involved in budgeting and forecasting for many years and am employing many of the techniques used in a small organisation it has forced me to rethink how I do things, why I do things, what could/would be more beneficial and how I can help the organisation make a culture change from its own understanding of ‘what a budget is.’”
“The course provided alternative methods to budgeting which I was looking for.”

“Offered me a different perspective on doing budgets, and also some subjects to think about from now on.”

“Short and punchy – easy to work through.”

“Interesting and no doubt correct observations on the budgeting operations and practise.”

You can review this course using the questionnaire in the course completion area.

Topics for Making Budgeting Work in the Real World

Things aren’t what they seem

  • Advice from the sages of budgeting
  • The budgeting cycle
  • Top down or bottom up?
  • The link between planning and budgeting
  • Organisational time and resource

MBW The Budgeting Cycle

Alternative budgeting systems

  • Budgeting and/or forecasting
  • Rolling versus fixed period budgeting
  • Incremental versus ZBB
  • Functional versus ABB
  • Life cycle budgeting

MBW Budgeting or Forecasting

Issues in setting budgets

  • Approaches to forecasting budgets
  • Using spreadsheets for budgeting
  • Organisational culture
  • Non-finance budget holders
  • The participation debate
  • The perennial negotiation battle
  • Budgets as an evaluation and reward tool

MBW Approaches

Monitoring and presenting budgets

  • A suitable management tool?
  • A true measure of performance?
  • When to budget?
  • Vulnerable variances
  • Presentation pitfalls

MBW Suitable management tool

The future of budgeting

  • Is traditional budgeting dead?
  • Living with budgets
  • Beyond budgetring. Part 1: Adaptive management
  • Beyond budgeting. Part 2: Decentralised decision making

MBW Beyond budgeting

Target audience for Making Budgeting Work in the Real World

This course is designed to appeal to professionals, both in finance functions and other areas, who are looking for a practical course that enables them to apply budgeting theory and knowledge in their own organisation.

About the Author of Making Budgeting Work in the Real World

Stuart WarnerStuart Warner is a Chartered Accountant, author, non-executive adviser and trainer, with over two decades of experience in finance.

Stuart’s goal is to help businesses increase productivity and profits through innovative and engaging finance training. He is a director of Financial Fluency Ltd and delivers finance based training programmes around the world to both finance and non-finance professionals.

Stuart has authored the following publications: ‘Finance Basics’ (Collins ‘Business Secrets’ series);’Making Budgeting Work in the Real World’ (NelsonCroom); ‘Dragons’ Den: Grow Your Business’ (Collins), which supports the BBC series; ’25 Need to Know Management Ratios’ (Pearson / FT Publishing).

He is currently working on another book due to be published with Pearson in 2016.

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