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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 workshops and online courses section below or by visiting the MiPs Mean Business section on Qintil

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%.

Due to the success of these workshops I have now turned them into online learning courses you can do at home, at any time and for as many times as you like. There are links to the online courses below.

"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
  • 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

"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

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 have completed one of Fiona’s online courses for management accountants in practice and believe the format of the course to be valuable in assessing your own business model. The course encourages the user to view the key core elements of their business and how best to meet a clients need. I would recommend this course to anybody who is thinking about starting their own business in financial management or those that may want revisit their business model to ensure what they are offering clients is an effective solution. Many thanks Fiona."
- Neil Radford

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.

"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

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 contacted Fiona after finding her MiPs mean business website, when I was considering setting up as a CIMA Member in Practice. I completed her online course which was fantastic and really enabled me to identify my motives, my transferable skills, and understand that I could be a self employed management accountant, doing the sort of accounting I’m trained to do. The course content was clear and the output of the course really inspired my business plan. Having run this type of business for a number of years, Fiona is brilliantly placed to teach, coach and inspire potential new MiPs to set up the business they’re looking for.

- Amy McWade

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

At the moment I do not have any organised workshops but I am in the process of coming up with a calendar of workshops for 2019 and beyond. 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

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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 tough out there!

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What? No conference!

June is conference month for CIMA Members in Practice and for the last 14 years I have been there – whether at Heythrop Park, Heathrow or, more recently, Nottingham. But this year I had to miss this staple of my working calendar. My eldest son was graduating as a fully fledged teacher (to be set […]

Here comes the summer!

As I am writing this the sun is shining and a heat wave is anticipated for the weekend – even though it is Glastonbury festival time! Whilst we all love the summer it can bring with it extra managerial problems for business owners who are trying to balance employees motivation, with getting the job done. […]

Why delegation is great!

I was talking to a businesswoman recently – she is successful in her field but is starting to get bogged down in the day to day running of her business. In particular, administration and bookkeeping are starting to grind and take the shine out of her enjoyment of her businesses. This is theme I come […]

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.