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Find out more about all aspects of budgeting, from improving your existing budgeting process to drawing up budgets for the first time and understanding profit and loss accounts and balance sheets with our selection of books, articles, links and guides.

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  • eBooks
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Useful links: ICAEW resources, reports and guides
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Featured article

Budgeting for the next big thing
Describes the benfits of flexible budget planning systems for companies looking to capitalise on sudden opportunities.

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Featured book

Handbook of budgeting
(Wiley, 2012)
This detailed handbook will help identify the right type of budget to use and which tools to employ in completing it. The book also offers advice on comparing your budget against your expectations.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Accounting control best practices

How to develop a comprehensive system of accounting and operational controls.

Accounting for non-accountants

Provides a fast and easy way for the non-accountant to learn the basics of accounting.

Business accounting UK GAAP: volume 2

Accounting textbook for students, specifically for users of UK GAAP practice and terminology. Part 2 of a 2-part set.

Cash flow solution: the nonprofit board member's guide to financial success

Outlines an approach to budgeting for charities, where cash flow is emphasised, rather than balancing assets and liabilities.

Financial planning using Excel: forecasting, planning and budgeting techniques

For financial planners who want to improve their spreadsheet skills.

Get to grips with budgets: how to take the stress out of working with numbers

Introduction to budget management for non-specialists.

Hospitality management accounting

The fundamental concepts and analytical techniques of management accounting for the hospitality industry.

Manage projects successfully: how to make things happen on time and on budget

A practical guide to project management.

Nonprofit financial planning made easy

Guide to financial management for charities.

Practical financial management

Introduction to financial management and business accounting.

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Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Budgeting for the next big thing

Describes the benfits of flexible budget planning systems for companies looking to capitalise on sudden opportunities.

Broken budgets?

Tips to fix your planning, budgeting and forecasting processes and transform them into a powerful tool for executing your business strategy.

Does anyone understand shared parental leave?

Carly Chynoweth provides clarification on some of the complex eligibility rules for the new shared parental leave legislation in force from 5 April 2015.

On the rate of return and valuation of non-conventional projects

A Professor of Finance explains why he believes using the net present value (NPV) criterion for capital budgeting fails for non-conventional projects. He suggests an alternative method.

Forward roll

How companies can move beyond the time-consuming process of traditional budgeting.

Procurement's role in maximizing corporate budgets

Internal procurement departments can play a role in maximizing the budgets of organisations, through working closely with other departments.

Let it roll

The article discusses the choice of companies in the US to abandon annual budget plans in favour of rolling forecasts.

Freed from the budget

Case studies of four companies which have dropped traditional budgeting.

From adversity, better budgets

The article discusses the budgeting and planning strategies employed by many CFOs and financial teams across various companies to combat recession.

Just-in-time budgeting for a volatile economy

The article discusses several techniques companies can use to speed the budgeting process up and make it more effective.

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Useful links


Reports and guides

Prophix white papers
Prophix have several white papers and articles on key budgeting issues. 

Budgeting & setting prices (Startups) 
Online resource for SMEs. Provides information and case studies on cashflow forecasting, profit and loss sheets, and pricing your products or services.

Budgeting practice and organisational structure 
This 2006 report summarises the results of an investigation into UK budgeting practices.

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