Net Zero Carbon Footprint Climate Initiative

Net Zero Carbon Footprint 100Trees


We will plant 100 trees for every delegate booking day you attend, plus we will make a bonus planting of several hundred extra trees, when you complete our full Certificate Board Director Course Program.  The total trees planted on your behalf will be enough to make you “Net Zero Carbon” for your entire life. The trees we plant will continue to grow and to absorb CO2 for their entire life span. These 200 trees will offset one sixth of your CO2 emissions for the rest of your life. If you attend just 3 days of our training courses modules, we would plant 300 trees for you; offsetting 3,690kg, or 23%, of your annual CO2 emissions.

Net Zero Carbon Footprint. If you attend our full Certificate Board Director Course Program, we will plant enough trees to offset 100% of your annual CO2 emissions.  You could become Net Zero within one year!

Trees take in Carbon Dioxide from the air.  Through a process called Carbon Sequestration, they store carbon in their roots, trunks and other organic matter.  The Louisiana State University conducted a 40 year study into this subject and concluded that mangrove forests were the most efficient removing at CO2 from the air and safely storing it.  The mangroves collectively store more carbon than all of the tropical forests of South America, Asia and Africa combined. Mangroves store over 3 billion metric tons of carbon.

Another advantage of Mangroves is that they live in salt water.  This means that they do not compete for good usable agricultural land that could be producing food or providing a more diverse biological habitat.

The relevant numbers are:

  • 1 Mangrove absorbs 12.3kg of carbon dioxide per year
  • The average person produces 16,000kg of carbon dioxide per year
  • To offset your carbon dioxide emissions, you would need to plant 1,300 mangroves

Whichever Director training course you attend with us, it will be a great start in offsetting your personal CO2 emissions.  In case you want to do more; 20% of your CO2emissions are due to a meat eating diet.  You could easily cut down on the amount of meat you eat. Or you could just attend more of our Director training courses.

If your people are intending to attend Director Training Courses anyway. By selecting our courses, they would get the Best Training and the climate would benefit from less Global Warming and better quality air, containing less free CO2 , due to our 100tree planting initiative. Best of all, this Climate improvement would be completely self financing. The Climate investments made by the Professional Directors Association, would be from the Director training budget that your company would have spent on Director training anyway.

This would be a Win-Win situation. That is:

Better skills – Better climate air quality – Less Global Warming – Sustainable Self financing – Great PR for your organisation – Great Personal Feel Good factor from your contribution to Climate Improvement.

We will plant a mix of trees, which will provide multiple environmental and diversity benefits, including:

  • Biodiversity to help wildlife to thrive and to ensure that natural sources of medicines are preserved
  • Some crop yielding trees to provide an income for the women and their families of the local villages, as well as to provide an economic reason for them to preserve and nurture the local natural habitat
  • Tree types particularly well suited to the local climate and soil conditions
  • Natural vegetation complementary to the trees we have planted
  • Trees specifically likely to best create sustainable forestry corridors, to link isolated surviving pockets of forests.  This is important to the animals confined within the forest islands and to the rare and diminishing types of plants within

The trees we are planting include a wide and diverse mix ranging from Teak to Mangrove.


We will provide evidence of the amount of your annual CO2emissions that you offset.  After your first course and then at intervals, we would send you a certificate confirming what you have done for the planet by offsetting your CO2emissions.  We will also send you a special Commemoration Certificate, once you achieve a net Zero Carbon Footprint.

More Useful Numbers:

To achieve a Net Zero Carbon Footprint, we base our planting upon statistical evidence. The average well to do male in a western developed economy, such as the USA or the UK, creates the following annual carbon dioxide emissions:

  • Meat eater diet, 3,300kg, 268 mangroves
  • 10,000 car miles @ 40mpg, 2,468kg, 201 mangroves
  • 10,000 air miles, 2,010kg, 163 mangroves
  • Home energy, 7,960kg, 647 mangroves
  • Other sundry, 3,000kg, 244 mangroves

Net Zero Carbon Footprint. The number of mangrove trees that would need to be planted to offset these emissions are also shown above.

We Really do Plant Trees – See The Planting in Action

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    ‘Excellent and Comprehensive Course. I have learnt a lot.’
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  • Finance Course Overview

    This course is assessed as “Excellent” by its delegates.  To ensure that the delegates attending this training course will continue to get the maximum possible benefit, the delegate numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8.

    This training course is being constantly updated to always contain the latest financial information effective in 2020, as well as planned future changes.

    This two day Finance for Non-Finance Directors training course places great emphasis on hands-on case studies and discussions, where attendees get the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills and knowledge, to reinforce the learning process and to really integrate them into their core knowledge and skill set.

    This 2 day Finance for Non-Finance Directors training course will enable you to read, analyse and interpret any set of Financial Statements, including the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss Account and the Cash Flow statements.  You will become familiar with techniques such as NPV, Net Present Value and DCF, Discounted Cashflow techniques, Net Asset Value, P/E Ratios, ROCE, ROI, Gearing, Current Ratio, Quick Ratio, Stock Days, Debtor Days and Creditor Days Enterprise Value and EBITDA.  You will recognise and understand the impact of the Fundamental Accounting Concepts and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, GAAP, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, on any Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account.  Costing methods based upon break even analysis and contribution analysis will be contrasted with overhead cost allocation approaches to identify their relative strengths and weaknesses. It will provide a good understanding of budgeting, including zero based budgeting, cash management and forecasting.  You will be able to manage the relationship between ROCE, ROI and Gearing.

    You will gain a sound theoretical financial knowledge base upon which to build and acquire new and more advanced financial management skills.  That theoretical knowledge will be reinforced by practical hands-on case studies.

    You will be able to value possible company acquisitions and disposals using techniques such as P/E Ratios and EBITDA ratios, as well as evaluate the likely change in the market value of your own organisation as a result of the potential acquisition or disposal. You will understand the purpose of consolidated accounts and the key information hidden within those accounts.

    The training course will be ideal for those executives who have had limited direct experience of numerically based business management and analytical techniques. They may therefore wish to take a measured approach to the assimilation and absorption of the new financial knowledge and skills. This objective is easily achieved through a very effective and relaxed approach to learning, which is significantly enhanced by the detailed discussions and extensive case studies, especially on day 2 of the training course.

  • Finance Course Content

    DAY 1

    Accounting and the Law

    • Accounting principles, policies & GAAP accounting
    • Terminology & Jargon
    • The different legal structures under which organisations can operate and their advantages and disadvantages
    • The two different sets of accounting standards (rules) available and how to choose between them at a senior level


    The Three Key Financial Statements

    • Balance Sheets: Assets; Liabilities; Net current assets, capital employed and how to interpret the information
    • Profit & Loss Account, Types of profit, and the layout & use of the profit & loss account
    • Cash Flow Statements: Importance of cash flow and Impact of credit and credit control, Problems affecting cash flow, Dealing with Debtors and Creditors


    Using Key Ratios to Analyse Accounts and to Support Investment Decisions

      • Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)
      • Current Ratios and Quick Ratios
      • Debtor Days and Creditor Days
      • Stock days and Stock Turn
      • Investment decisions and Return on Investment (ROI)
      • Gearing and its impact upon risk and returns; is the level of borrowing too risky?
      • Liquidity, could the company hit cash flow problems?
      • Profitability, how well is the company doing?


    Working Capital Management and Cash Flows

    • Converting operating profits into cash flow
    • Cash forecasts
    • Cash Management and Liquidity


    Revenue and Capital Expenditure

    • Capital Expenditure and Revenue Expenditure
    • Phasing of capital spend and its implications for budget holders


    Depreciation and Amortisation of Assets and liabilities

    • What is Depreciation
    • What is Amortisation
    • Goodwill; its purpose, calculation and impact


    Costing and the Impact of Costing Assumptions on Business Decisions

    • Cost types & behaviours and their Impact on decisions
    • Break-even and Contribution Analysis
    • How costs are determined
    • Direct and Indirect Costs: Fixed, Mixed and Variable costs
    • Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Activity Based Management (ABM)
    • Standard Costing, Marginal Costing, Absorption Costing and Activity Based Costing (ABC)
    • How frequently used cost allocation methods and calculated profitability by product can cause incorrect key strategic decision making
    • Predicting and maximising profits
    • How the chosen cost structure can affect the planning and decision making process


    Basic Company Valuations

    • EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation and Amortisation) and PE ratio valuations
    • What is your company worth?
    • What are other companies worth?
    • Goodwill; its purpose, calculation and impact on profit


    DAY 2

    Summary Financial Overview

    • Accounting laws and standards
    • UK and EU Financial Reporting Standards, key differences and which is best for you
    • Fundamental Accounting Concepts
    • Financial Statements Structure, Meaning and Terminology; assumes a level of basic knowledge such as would be gained from our 1 day Finance for Non-Finance Managers course


    Forecasts, Cash and Budgets

    • The purpose of forecasts for the business
    • Budget objectives and cascading budget objectives
    • Budgetary Control as a management tool
    • Historic v Zero Based budgeting methods
    • Working Capital Cycle


    Consolidated Accounts

    • Their purpose and definition
    • Goodwill evaluation and its stated value in the accounts
    • Amortisation of intangibles and their impact upon dividends
    • Definition and Management of ROCE (Return on Capital Employed), Gearing and ROI (Return on Investment)
    • Maximising EBITDA, Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation and Amortisation


    Company Acquisitions and Disposals

    • The valuation of target company acquisitions
    • The treatment of company acquisitions and disposals
    • The impact and timing of acquisitions upon finances
    • Financial pitfalls relating to acquisitions
    • The impact of acquisitions upon your market value
    • Looking through Window Dressing of accounts


    Overview of Net Present Value, Discounted Cash Flow and Project Evaluation

    Strategic Report Overview – requirements and applicability

    Case Studies of Real Accounts -Nominated by the Delegates

    • Delegates’ own accounts downloaded from Companies House
    • Or the accounts of another company of interest, nominated by the delegate, e.g. a competitor or a potential acquisition target


    Operational Financial Management Aspects

    • Recent major Accounting Changes and their Board level impact upon the Balance Sheet and EBITDA
    • Recent Changes to the recognition of Profits and Sales
    • Pension Issues
    • Financing of Acquisitions
    • The Balanced Scorecard


    Share Price and Share Valuation

    • The importance of Share Price/Valuation
    • Maximising Shareholder Value
    • Acquisitions as a tool to create shareholder value and move the Share Price upwards
    • Management of the Share Price/Valuation
    • Share Buybacks versus Dividends
  • Finance Training Course Leaders

    The Senior Course Leader is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, an FCA, and a Chartered Director; the Board Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting and sits on the Thames Valley Board of the Chartered Management Institute. For several years he was also the Senior Finance for Non-Finance Managers Course Leader for the Chartered Management Institute.

    He spent 11 years on the Chartered Director Committee of the Institute of Directors, which determined what UK Board Directors should know, in order to properly fulfil their role as a company director. This committee helped to shape the Institute of Directors examination syllabus in the UK. After his time on the Chartered Director Committee, he served for a year on the Accreditation and Standards Committee of the Institute of Directors.

    He has over 30 years of successful practical UK and International experience, including company acquisitions and disposals, as well as growing companies from start-up to multimillion pound businesses.  He spent 7 years as the Finance Director and then the Chief Executive of a Plc.  Prior to that he spent 14 years with KPMG Management Consulting, IBM and Arthur Andersen.

    His delivery style is dynamic, approachable and highly engaging, enabling him to deliver a workshop that you will remember. His courses are always assessed as “Excellent” by the delegates.

  • Finance Course Learning Objectives

    This training course will provide a good grasp of the key elements of Management Accounts and Statutory Financial Accounts. It will introduce and explain NPV and DCF techniques, Net Present Value and Discounted Cash Flow.  You will gain a sound theoretical financial knowledge base upon which to build and acquire new and more advanced financial management skills.

    Attendees will become highly skilled at reading and understanding Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss Accounts. You will become more involved with all types of financial discussions within your organisation. You will be more confident and comfortable when communicating with financial managers, directors, investors, suppliers and key clients.

    You will be able to value possible company acquisitions and disposals using techniques such as P/E Ratios and EBITDA ratios, as well as evaluate the likely change in the market value of your own organisation as a result of the potential acquisition or disposal. You will understand the purpose of consolidated accounts and the key information hidden within those accounts.

    By the end of this training course participants will be better able to:

    • Read, analyse and interpret any set of Financial Statements, including the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss Account and the Cash Flow statements
    • Understand and quantify the impact of the fundamental accounting concepts and the chosen policies upon any set of accounts
    • Recognise and understand the underlying impact of the generally accepted accounting principles and policies on any Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account
    • Understand the key differences between statutory published accounts and the internal monthly management accounts
    • Select the most appropriate method of costing for your organisation and to explain the impact of your choice
    • Analyse and make sound investment decisions based upon break even analysis and contribution analysis, with a good understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses
    • Identify and discuss the key financial issues facing an organisation
    • Understand the wider commercial impact of any business decision and its interaction with non-financial aspects of the organisation, enabling you to make a better contribution to key discussions and decision making amongst managers and within the organisation
    • Understand the basics of budgets and the implementation of budgeting processes
    • Value any business using commonly used and widely accepted valuation techniques such as Net Asset Value, Enterprise Value and EBITDA
    • Evaluate potential company acquisitions in terms of their market price and the likely impact upon the market value and key financial numbers of your own business
    • Communicate more effectively and easily with Finance Managers, and other Finance professionals; through an in depth understanding of financial terminology, management and evaluation techniques.
    • Evaluate and identify the financial impact of combining different levels of Gearing with Return on Investment, ROI, to achieve different levels of Return on Capital Employed, ROCE.  Understand the concept of Financial Risk and its relationship to gearing
    • Understand the purpose of consolidated accounts and recognise the hidden red flags within the numbers
    • Be able to identify the most appropriate legal structure for a business and understand the principal financial duties of the Board.
  • Who Should Attend This Training Course

    All Senior Executives would benefit from attending this course, from department heads right up to the Chief Executive and the Chairman/Chairwoman.  This is because most people have absorbed their financial knowledge piecemeal from those colleagues with financial skills that they have encountered.  This means their knowledge is patchy and incomplete.  This course will provide a solid and complete financial knowledge base.

    These are some of the executives who would benefit from this course: Chief Executive Officers, Board Chairmen and Board Chairs, IT Directors, Logistics Directors, Operations Directors, HR Directors, Technical Directors, Commercial Directors, Sales Directors, Marketing Directors, Company Secretaries, General Managers, all Non-Executive Directors, all Trustees, all Investors, all Board Consultants and Advisors, all Department Heads, and any other managers or executives interested in improving their financial skills and knowledge for the benefit of their organisation and their personal career development.

  • In-House Course for Staff Training and Development

    This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

    Running training workshops internally is very convenient many of our clients and allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organisation. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon development action plans and assign priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

    In-House Course for Staff Training and Development

  • Certificates of Professional Development

    This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to delegates who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgements when recording CPD activities.