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Many SME owners can find themselves running a business without any formal business qualification and subsequently lack the skills and confidence to make important business decisions. Good financial literacy is essential in any organisation and especially for SMEs that are looking to expand and compete in this increasingly complex commercial world. 

Business owners who are knowledgeable and understand their finances will be able to make informed decisions about the future of their business and prepare for any challenges or opportunities that may arise. 

Having good financial literacy and the skills and confidence to make important business decisions will impact your ability to raise finance, forecast accurately, scale and prevent practices which often lead to failure.

This 3 hour workshop is designed to build on the existing knowledge and practices embedded within SMEs and to challenge owner managers to adopt new improved systems and strategies to empower greater financial decision making.


Topics covered at this workshop include:

Financial Management

  • Are you getting the most from the numbers you produce

  • Building a financial dashboard specific to your business

  • Financial and non-financial KPIs

  • Budget v actual - what can you learn

  • Stepping back to review financial performance

  • Using advisors/mentors to assess performance

Budgeting and forecasting

  • Financial forecast that matches your strategic goals

  • Do you have the cash to implement the plan

  • Cashflow management

  • What sources of finance are available and how to be ready for: Banks, Equity, Revenue schemes, Peer to peer lending, Crowd funding, Others


Costing key decisions

  • Building a financial model to help decision making

  • Calculating the true cost of each decision

  • Activity based costing

  • Benchmarking

  • Return on investment (ROI)

This workshop is being delivered by Luke Robinson of Entrepreneurs Academy.


Luke is a Chartered Accountant specialising in financial planning and strategy advice and training for start-ups and SME’s.


An entrepreneur, Luke founded in 2017 to help start-up’s and SME’s by providing financial advice and assistance to help them grow and prosper. Financechief has worked with a wide range of businesses from PLC’s to sole traders across a number of different industries.

Luke joined the Entrepreneurs Academy team early in 2019 and has delivered training and mentoring in the areas of business planning, financial planning, funding options and managing business finances to excellent feedback.

Prior to setting up Finance Chief, Luke was Finance Manager with EIR for 5 years and also spent 6 years as a Corporate Finance Manager at Deloitte.

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Luke is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and completed a Masters in Accounting and a BA in Accounting & Finance at DCU.

Luke is also a mentor with Intertrade Ireland and LEOs.

Monday 2nd March / 6:30pm (Registration & Networking 6:00pm) - 9:30pm / Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire / €10

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