Developing forecasts & budgets can be time-consuming, complex and frustrating when you can’t get a 3-way version to balance. But, they can be very useful. They can map out the plan including working capital and resource needs for the business over the next 12 months to three years. It’s like a road map to follow and measure progress against, as well as helping you keep your eye on the end goal.
Imagine if you had a budget that told you the likely profit levels over the next year or so, your cash needs for trading and capital expenditure. You would have a base expectation against which you could measure your success and identify areas where you could make improvements.
When budgets are built well you can easily change assumptions to see different scenarios and what this means for the business. This can help you set targets and goals and what initiatives to adopt that will make the most difference to your outcomes.
Cash receipts and payments are not always the same as what your profit and loss or income statement predicts will happen.
With a 3-way budget, you will not only better understand your cash needs but you can have a better conversation with your banker or funder.
We have experts that regularly build financial models, from daily cash flows to longer term 3-way forecasts. We work with you to understand your business and your goals, so we can develop a model that aligns with your thinking. It is a model that you will be familiar with and that you can easily amend and use yourself.