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WEBINARS

New for 2020 is a programme of webinars on the topics I have been asked the most questions about when talking to MiPs - from both new MiPs and MiPs who have been in business for several years. See below for details.

NEW WORKSHOPS FOR 2020

I am developing the programme for 2020 so I would love to know if you are interested in coming along. The months I am proposing to run the courses are in the timeline section below. If you register your interest in a workshop (please tell me which workshop and where, and the month you would prefer) you will get 20% off the list price of the workshop if you go on to book one. This is just a register of interest and NOT a commitment to buy!

Also there is a brand new workshop for people who have already come along on my How to build a management accounting workshop (How to build a management accounting business - advanced) - please see below for details.
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Workshops, Online Courses and Webinars

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:

Workshops

I am passionate about helping accountants in practice build the businesses they want - and deserve. My day workshops are designed to cover key issues you may be facing in your business in a helpful, practical and safe environment.

The workshops are priced at £199 incl. VAT.

If you have previously booked on a workshop I am happy to give you 25% discount when you book a new one. Also if you book two workshops at the same time you will get the second one 1/2 price. Just contact me directly to book if either of these applies to you.

You can reserve your place on a workshop by paying a £50 deposit with the balance being payable 30 days before the date of the workshop (if you are taking advantage of the buy one get one 1/2 the full balance on both is payable 30 days before the date of the first workshop). If you wish to do this...

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TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP CLICK ON THE TITLE IN THE DIAGRAM BELOW

How to be Self Employed How to Build a Management Accounting Business How to Build a Management Accounting Business - Advanced How to Have Fun with Sales and Marketing

"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

A snippet from one of my Bristol Workshops:

Online Courses

If you are interested in my workshops but I am running one in your area, you may find that my online courses offer you the flexibility of working through the material at home and at your own pace.

The courses are £99 incl. VAT.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL ON-LINE COURSE AND/OR TO BUY CLICK ON THE TITLE IN THE DIAGRAM BELOW

How to Build a Management Accounting Business Part 1 How to Build a Management Accounting Business Part 2 How to Build a Management Accounting Business Full Course Discover whether being an Accountant in Practice is for you

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

Webinars

If you like your E learning in smaller, regular chunks our brand new webinar programme could be just what you are looking for. It is built around the key issues that I have seen effect accountants in practice.

You can register for webinars on a piecemeal basis for £15 incl. VAT, or to buy all four webinars for the great value price of £50 incl. VAT ...

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TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL WEBINAR AND/OR TO BOOK CLICK ON THE TITLE IN THE DIAGRAM BELOW

Questioning and Listening Establishing the Right Management Information with Clients Pricing with Confidence Creating a Business Plan with Clients - and for Yourself

Because the webinars are brand new I don't have any recommendations but below are some thoughts about the webinar I ran for CIMA on How to Sell Management Accounts.

Thanks Fiona. It was a really polished and professionally delivered webinar. You included a lot of relevant ideas and provided lots of food for thought. Great job! 

- Peter Freeman

Very informative and enthusiastic webinar. Even though I've been on your training, it was a worthwhile refresher and good to see how your thoughts have developed. I'd never attended a webinar before where you could see the presenter, but it felt like you were in the room with me ...  Great to see you doing official webinars with CIMA - well deserved.  

- Louise Alexander

Thanks for the webinar Fiona. I have been feeling a bit wobbly about my direction lately and your webinar helped add fuel to my thoughts. I have always enjoyed project accounting/management accounts and working with different functions/specialists so why would I turn my back on it?!!

- Debbie Hancock

Future Workshops

At the moment I am working on my workshop programme for 2020. Below in the timeline section are the workshops I will be running and the months they will be run in - the location will be decided by the MiPs who are interested. I need 6-10 MiPs to make a workshop viable. So please contact me to register your interest - I will then keep you updated. Also, if 6 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

Workshop programme

The locations chosen for each workshop will be those best suited to the majority of interested MiPs. So to maximise the chances of a workshop coming to your area, register your interest by clicking the contact Fiona button below. You can then tell me which workshop you are interested in. As you can see the first workshops in 2020 will be run in Bristol and Birmingham in March and April.

How to be self employed

7th April 2020, Birmingham, UK Book Self Employment Workshop

7th April 2020
July 2020

How to have fun with selling and marketing

11th March 2020, Bristol, UK Book Sales and Marketing workshop

11th March 2020
September 2020

How to build a management accounting business

8th April 2020, Birmingham, UK Book Management Accounting Business Workshop

8th April 2020
July 2020

How to build a management accounting business - Advanced

12th March 2020, Bristol, UK Book Advanced Management Accounting Business Workshop

12th March 2020
October 2020

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Diary

Below are dates of some future webinars I am running. I look forward to seeing you at one of them.

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February

Webinar - Pricing with Confidence

4
March

Webinar - Questioning and Listening

1
April

Webinar - Creating a Business Plan with Clients - and for Yourself

6
May

Webinar - Establishing the Right Management Information with Clients

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delighted graduates

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books sold

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mentoring hours

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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.

Contact Fiona

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

What have you learnt lately?

As a CIMA MiP you are a professional who is required to do a certain amount of continuing personal development (CPD) and so you will be used to going along to regular training sessions. Sometimes they can be a bit of a drudge because they are generally all about updating our knowledge rather than gaining […]

It pays to be brave!

You may have picked up, if we are connected on LinkedIn, that I ran a successful Webinar for CIMA in October. I have never done a webinar before and so I was quite nervous about the whole thing. Not only because the participants could see me but I could not see them, but also because I […]

Is time your problem?

Time management is something many people struggle with and we MiPs are no different. Part of the problem I think is with this concept of ‘time management’. We actually cannot manage time at all – it carries on regardless of anything we mere mortals do. We cannot ‘create’ time or make it stand still whilst […]

Remember the days

This time last year I was inspired by the youngsters who were just getting their GCSE and A’ level results. This year I am taking you back to when you got your first job. The reason for this direction of reflection is that my eldest son has finally become a fully, tax-paying, contributing part of […]

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.