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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

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

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.

COVID-19: nine principles for finance professionals

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.

COVID-19: six actions for finance professionals on cash flow

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.

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.

Cashflow modelling: good spreadsheet practice

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.

ICAEW launches Working Capital Checklist

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.

Preparing smarter business plans

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.

The Business Finance Guide

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.

Financial management implications of coronavirus

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.

Late payments: how should SMEs deal with them?

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.

Improve your financial modelling practice

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.

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