We consider how the market will handle dividend suspensions and what the path back to dividend payments for investors looks like
Cash flow and forecasting
Cash flow and financial management during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic are presenting a challenge to businesses of all sizes. This page collects together ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources which offer practical advice on how to get cash flowing.
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7 May 2020: ICAEW members have backed the package of coronavirus support measures for small business
1 May 2020: with the extended lockdown causing businesses a series of fresh and unprecedented challenges, how should finance leaders react to ensure their finance team and their business survive and thrive?
A unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses.
16 April 2020 - The business impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) means effective cash flow analysis and forecasting have never been more important. This guide sets out some principles for adapting your approach to the current crisis.
5 May 2020: how to get cash flowing into your business. This guide, created by the ICAEW Business and Management Faculty, shares six practical actions finance professionals may wish to consider when considering cashflow to support their businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
14 April 2020: companies considering whether to pay a dividend during these turbulent times should take a range of factors into account, cautions ICAEW’s Head of Business Law Charles Worth.
14 April 2020: Cash flow forecasts are often prepared in Excel – but spreadsheets are notoriously error-prone. The ICAEW Tech Faculty shares insight on how to reduce errors in spreadsheets.
4 May 2020: a step-by-step guide that businesses can use to optimise working capital in these difficult times, looking at cash inflows, outflows, support available and business planning.
The ICAEW Business and Management Faculty shares hints and tips for businesses writing a business plan at a time when many businesses are applying for finance to help them through the pandemic.
1 April 2020: the European Central Bank (ECB) has asked banks in Europe to suspend dividends and share buybacks until October.
Website developed by ICAEW and the British Business Bank offering independent information to business owners, management teams and their advisers. The site features a new guide to support businesses experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19, Economic Uncertainty: Working Capital Solutions.
This guide, created by the ICAEW Business and Management Faculty, helps finance professionals with the practical financial management steps they can take to support their businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
18 March 2020: with the coronavirus outbreak coming hot on the heels of Brexit and flooding, it is more vital than ever for businesses to put measures in place to deal with the consequences of late payments.
ICAEW’s Excel Community has worked with a broad swathe of modelling organisations and experts, taking a half dozen methodologies and paring down to the commonly held, widely accepted beliefs about what constitutes good modelling.
A checklist from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) that identifies where focus should be during the COVID-19 emergency.
Advice from the Association of Corporate Treasurers on immediate and long term steps to tackle the impact of the coronavirus on business covering liquidity, operations and funding.
Report from Deloitte outlining 15 steps that businesses can take to mitigate damage and respond to the immediate challenges to their cash flow.
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