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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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ICAEW insights

Liquidity management for businesses at times of stress

The enforced closure of business operations during lockdown has seen liquidity dry up, leaving countless companies needing external financing. Vicky Meek looks at how businesses should manage that most valuable of all commodities – cash.

A green recovery: business after COVID-19

15 September 2020: Being clear about the objectives of a green recovery is vital to ensure actions lead to desired outcomes. Here, Michael Holder looks at the business angle

How to navigate a global crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the business world to navigate uncharted and stormy seas. Giles Distin and Richard Small of Addleshaw Goddard outline some of the big business considerations

Action on recapitalising business after COVID-19

20 July: Responding to far-reaching UK Recovery Corporation plans to recapitalise businesses post-COVID, ICAEW has raised a number of open questions to help inform and clarify policymakers’ decisions.

Tools to help finance leadership succeed

20 July: Finance transformation executive Neil Cutting examines the essential elements a finance leader should master to deliver strong, strategic leadership in the first of a series of articles.

Corporate Insolvency Bill

30 June 2020: The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 received Royal Assent on Friday (26 June). Both the permanent and temporary measures could be a valuable lifeline as the downturn continues.

ICAEW introduction to the law on dividends

1 June 2020: the law on dividend payments by companies has become a subject of some public interest. ICAEW welcomes this and has published a short introduction to the law.

COVID reveals the benefits of cloud working

29 May: Businesses have been forced to adapt their ways of working almost overnight in light of the coronavirus lockdowns and those with cloud-based systems had a significant head start.

Business spotlight: Brompton Bikes powers ahead

29 May 2020: From bikes for the NHS to finance function digitisation, Brompton Bikes has continued to push forward despite the many challenges of coronavirus. George Hawkes-Dawson, the company’s head of finance, tells ICAEW Insights how.

Help your clients avoid a COVID 19 cash flow disaster

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So your client has deferred their VAT payments until March 2021, their self-assessment payment on account until January 2021, taken out a Bounce Back Loan to tide them over and meanwhile the staff are on furlough until the scheme ends. Are they heading for a cash flow disaster come the end of the year?

What now for dividends

We consider how the market will handle dividend suspensions and what the path back to dividend payments for investors looks like

Cash is king - don't let the liquidity crunch kill your business during COVID-19

Europe’s top 1000 non-financial companies have €353 billion in accounts receivable outstanding at any given point in time (Source: FactSet). That amount is roughly the same as Denmark’s GDP! The ability to carefully manage working capital is critical during a crisis like COVID-19, when cash - that most liquid of assets - is king.

How to create a high-performing virtual finance team

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?

The Business Finance Guide

A unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses.

Paying dividends during the 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.

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