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ON LINE COURSES

I will be continuing to develop on line learning courses for new and existing MiPs this year. Three are now available and you can find details of them in the section below.

There is a short free sample course on business confidence you can download here Free Sample Business Confidence Course

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Workshops and Online Courses

If you are looking for a workshop where you can interact with other members in practice our day workshops may well be for you. Alternatively we also have online courses which you can download and work your way through in your own time. Whichever course you choose you can be assured that you will come away with a clearer picture of what you need to do to make your business more successful.

Some words from Catherine who came along to my Bristol Workshop:

Delegates who have attended the workshops I have run, since I started in September 17, have been delighted with their experience. I know this because I have had very good feedback. I ask 12 questions as part of the feedback process covering course content, learning outcomes and the venue. All delegates have responded and the average feedback score across the questions is 95%.

"Fiona is absolutely, The Go-To Expert, in this field. She has the ability to take any seemingly complicated concept, break it down and communicate it in a way that everyone understands. She is an exceptionally entertaining presenter who focuses on adding real value to her audience. Not only in the key agenda areas but in the soundbites and the way she shares years of very valuable experiences all in one course.

Thank you so much, Fiona. Absolutely delighted that I attended your courses and I am so excited now about the future of my company." - Jonathan Brigain

How to Build a Management Accounting Business

Workshop

This workshop is specifically for CIMA Members in Practice who want to build their business using the skills they have mastered as management accountants, Financial Controllers and Finance Directors.

It provides practical guidance in how you can move your business towards a more management accounting bent.  We cover:

  • What is management accounting for SMEs?
  • Identifying customers
  • Pricing
  • Moving clients towards higher value sales
  • Creating time for your new management accounting business/li>
  • Choosing strategic partners and managing the relationship
  • Developing your team - key partners
  • Help with creating a plan for YOUR business

Full day interactive workshop with case studies and exercises so you go away with a proper action plan you can implement in your own businesses immediately.  Price £199 plus VAT

Online Courses

There are two online courses which cover much the same material between them as the workshop (with a few added bits). You can either buy them separately or as a bundle for the full course. You can find out more about them by clicking on the links below.

How to Build a Management Accounting Business - Part 1 Price £119 incl. VAT

How to Build a Management Accounting Business - Part 2 Price £119 incl. VAT

How to Build a Management Accounting Business Full Course  Price £189 incl. VAT

"I attended Fiona’s course 'How to build a management accounting business' at the end of last year. As a brand new MiP, I was anticipating that tax and compliance work would be the foundation of my business.
This course convinced me that we owe it to ourselves and our clients to also strive to deliver the kind of value-adding services that we have all trained in. It was inspiring to hear her real life case studies.
Highly recommended!
The associated book is invaluable too. Try to read it before you go on the course if you can."
- Gordon Philp

"I have attended Fiona's workshop... I was really looking forward to it. And it absolutely exceeded my expectations. Fiona answered all the questions I had, gave lots of practical advice which I will be able to implement straight away in my practice, especially on how to be a management accountant, how to be confident about our rare MiPs' skills/ competencies and how to show this value to clients. I would highly recommend Fiona's workshop to all MiPs!"
- Anna Daugela

A snippet from one of my Bristol Workshops:

How to be Self Employed

Workshop

New members in practice often don’t develop the businesses they want because they don’t build the right platform for their business success.

This workshop aims to help you onto the right path for you:

  • What do you want from your business?
  • What type of business is right for you?
  • Building your confidence
  • Delivery of service
  • Finding customers
  • Pricing
  • Your full plan – help with creating a plan for YOUR business

Full day interactive workshop with case studies and exercises so you go away with a proper action plan you can implement in your own businesses immediately. Price £199 plus VAT

PLUS opportunity to do an add on to the workshop for 1 hour after the formal workshop is completed to help you complete your MiP application. Additional £20 plus VAT. If you are interested in this please contact me directly.

Online Course

If you are uncertain whether being a Member In Practice is for you our online course will help you to decide. 

Discover-Whether-Being-an-Accountant-in-Practice-is-for-You Price £119 including VAT

"I attended two-days' of workshops with Fiona and thoroughly en joyed the time - gathering lots of good tips and making the most of the networking opportunities with the other delegates. Fiona makes the group feel like they've known each for ages so it's a real empathetic and supporting environment that she, seemingly effortlessly, creates."
- Jacqui Slater

"Fiona clearly speaks from experience in her MIP workshop and presents a great overview of the process and best practice, including the likely challenges, while managing to answer every question thrown at her. Very worthwhile for any ACMA looking at this area."
- Finlay Brawn

How to make Selling and Marketing Fun!

This workshop takes some of the fab sales effectiveness techniques I have learned from Trevor Lever during the course of writing our two books - How to make selling fun and How to make marketing fun.

The workshop will cover some of the soft selling, and marketing, skills that are vital to MiPs such as:

  • Understanding which sales technique to use in which circumstances
  • Listening and questioning techniques so we can identify the problems we can solve for clients
  • Moving the sales process along
  • Measuring and setting targets around sales activity
  • Networking effectively
  • Proposal writing

This is a full day interactive workshop with case studies and exercises so you go away with a proper action plan you can implement in your own businesses immediately.

Price Full Day £199 plus VAT

"With many thanks to Fiona for her sales and marketing workshop. I found it very insightful and the methodology very useful. Fiona's delivery put everyone at ease, being participatory it was very enjoyable."
- Jonathan Hill

Future Workshops

Any organised workshops are detailed in the section above but I am also in the process of coming up with a calendar of workshops for 2019. Please contact me if you are interested in coming along to a future event - I will then keep you updated. Also, if 10 MiPs in a particular area of the country would like me to run a course I am happy to organise one in any city in the UK. Just contact me and we can decide where and when would be best.
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"I attended Fiona's How To Be a Management Accountant workshop in November. I've been a MiP for 10 years & established a successful compliance practice, but have never been able to find those clients willing to see the benefits of a Virtual FD service, or more regular management reporting - thus my reason for attending Fiona's course. I can honestly say I'm glad I did - it's the best decision I have made in a long time. The day flew by! I must say I didn't imagine it would be so enjoyable or entertaining - Fiona's delivery was both amusing & extremely informative. With Fiona's help, I have come away with a clear action plan, which I started to implement the next day. If you want to find out how Fiona can give you the confidence, inspiration & the tools to build your own Management Accounting practice then BOOK THIS COURSE NOW!" - Brian Traynor
"Fiona was clear, approachable and encouraging. I have left the workshop with a list of realistic actions and more confidence in achieving my goals." - Judith Morris

Diary

Below are some CIMA events I have been, or will be, attending or presenting at in 2019. There are MiP events around the country and I would recommend them to any MiPs who want to be part of a great business community of people who help and support each other.

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February

16th February 19

Plumers House, Tailyour Road, Plymouth, PL65DH
I am one of the speakers at this event especially for MiPs along with Antony Smith and Susie Kevern  

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February

20th February 19

Aztec Hotel and Spa, Almondsbury, Bristol – 6.30pm start
I am presenting

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March

28th March 19

Doubletree by Hilton, Redcliffe Road, Bristol
This day workshop is for those in the charity or not for profit sectors 

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June

21st and 22nd June 19

Two Day Annual CIMA MiP Conference
Leamington Spa
The Annual MiP Conference is a fantastic event for all MiPs irrespective of how long (or short) you have been a MiP for. See you there!

95

delighted graduates

174

books sold

133

mentoring hours

15+

years as a MiP

Handbooks and Newsletters

I have long felt that CIMA Members in Practice need some extra guidance in setting up their businesses so they can have the type of success they are entitled to – and through their CIMA training have earned. To help address this issue I have written a series of handbooks specifically for MiPs. Enjoy!

How to be Self Employed

How to be a Management Accountant

How to Keep Your Eye on the Prize

How to Make Selling Fun

How to Make Marketing Fun

Newsletters

I write monthly newsletters for clients and MiPs. Click on the newsletter picture to get online copies, but if you would like be on my mailing list and receive one through the post (they come in a snazzy red envelope!) just let me know.

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My handbooks take the lessons learned by me over my 15+ years in practice and collate them into an easy to read format. Each chapter finishes with action points so that by the end of the book the reader has a blueprint to follow. The books I have written with Trevor Lever combine his expertise in marketing and sales effectiveness with my experiences as a MiP. Together we hope we have covered the core things every MiP should know about engaging customers.

"Thanks to Fiona Bevan - I've read your book 'How to be a management accountant' already. If I had read it when I set up my business I would have a very different business today. (Where's that time machine....) I found it really useful and it has reinforced the need to align my strategic partners. There are some really good tips on pricing and your description of what a management accountant is most useful. I will be referring to the book frequently as part of my business development. I went down the route of doing everything and it's not the smartest move. Thankfully I'm getting there. Your book will be a big help to those starting out (as well as every other Practicing MiP!)" - Lorraine Ellison

Mentoring

I offer a tailormade mentoring service based on what YOU need help with. Skype or FaceTime can be great tools for this so we can have sessions as frequently as you like. You may find the issues below ring bells with you and give you some ideas of the types of areas you need help with.

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Fiona has been a great support over the last year mentoring me as I've been establishing my Management Accounting business. Her support has kept me focused on the work I want to do, ensure I'm charging the right prices and keeping momentum to keep going. My confidence and income levels have increased significantly. The insights she brings having walked this path herself are invaluable and I'd highly recommend other MiPs to seek out Fiona's support. - Laura Cumming
Fiona's help and support has been invaluable while I have been growing my business. She has helped bring clarity and focus while always being positive. I would recommend that ALL new MiPs speak to Fiona! - John Coyne

MiP Thoughts

Musings on Being a MiP

It’s time to make it personal

The new year is often the time for resolutions which by this time in the year have often fallen by the way side. Even the resolution to start planning for the next year can be a goal that is never fulfilled. But planning for the future is a key part of making sure that you […]

Your future is in your hands

As we all get back into the swing of work after the Christmas break it is a good time to look forward to what the new year may have in store for us. Many businesses will find this year a real challenge. There is a lot of uncertainty around what will happen with regards to […]

So here it is – Merry Christmas

I was looking through my December posts from previous years for inspiration and thought it was worth revisiting some of the themes. Once again the immortal words of Slade burst out of the speakers of shops once again as they have since 1973. Whether they make you smile or shiver will often depend on your […]

Of Course!

Last month I had a fantastic breakthrough! I have loved running the series of workshops up and down the country for members in practice but have got to the stage that I have to take a break – because it is very difficult to market courses around the country in the post GDPR environment.  I […]

So why would you work with me?

I am a CIMA MiP just like you.

For over 15 years I have built my business by providing management accountancy/Virtual FD services to small and medium sized businesses in deepest Somerset.

I was co-chair of the 2013, and chair of the 2014, MiP annual conferences at Heythrop park, am a practising certificate assessor and am involved with the South West Area MiP Group.

In short I am passionate about helping MiPs to succeed, in the fastest and easiest way possible, through personal experience.

I have made mistakes over the years, and learned from them.