Financial Armageddon

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Booking Information

25th June 2009 - Cambridge & 17th September 2009 - Birmingham

Preparing for the 2012 Financial Armageddon

Business Challenge

All commentators agree that the recent economic turmoil and call on public finances will lead to drastic reductions in budgets across the public sector by 2011/12.  Accessing expenditure analysis information is just the starting point, but for many the investment is often wasted as people do not have the skills and knowledge required to interpret the information and overcome the problems of data accuracy likely to be encountered.

Projects and collaborative procurement plans to deliver cashable savings to overcome the financial challenges ahead need to be planned now if they are to make a real difference an soften the blow 
This one-day programme is designed for any public sector organisation that wishes to plan ahead and make its expenditure analysis a source of real cashable savings. It is suitable for users of all tools including the London Councils Online Expenditure Analysis (OEA), the Spikes Cavell Observatory and Exor.

Programme Outline

This is a management programme based around analysing the third party expenditure of a fictional local authority.  It requires no technical knowledge and is highly interactive to maximise the transfer of knowledge to those people attending. It also comes with a comprehensive manual. The agenda includes:

  • Understanding the importance of third party expenditure to the planning and efficiency process
  • Making the expenditure data fit for purpose, including getting round classification and coding issues (there is a specific section on ProClass and coding issues)
  • Understanding what the information is telling you and knowing what trends to look out for
  • Using the information to target resources, reduce cost, build business cases and measure performance
  • Deciding where to collaborate with other public sector organisations.

Who Should Attend

This programme is specifically designed for:

  • Chief officers and service managers responsible for the delivery of efficiency improvements and cashable savings
  • Internal auditors who need to monitor adherence to policy, contract and value for money
  • Finance and budget managers wishing to understand how they can achieve more for less
  • Procurement specialists who want to know how to get at spend data and how to interpret it
  • Finance system specialists who need to provide data and understand from a procurement point of view its importance to delivering savings and better quality services
  • Financial and procurement systems implementers who need to understand how to set up IT systems to generate the information requirements needed to support the efficiency agenda and collaborative working

Benefits to Individuals Attending

The programme will help representatives to:

  • Interpret expenditure analysis information, quickly and very effectively, with a reduced need for external consultancy support
  • Provide the basis for identifying potential areas for delivering cashable and efficiency savings 2011/12 as well as local requirements
  • Identify where collaboration on a regional or sub-regional basis is likely to improve the quality of services and/or reduce costs immediately and in the longer term
  • Brief Members and Chief Officers on how overall performance and services can be improved using existing resources.

Benefits to Employing Organisations

The programme will enable public sector organisations to:

  • Have a full understanding of their supply base and the range of categories of products and services that are being acquired by service departments
  • Develop appropriate strategies for managing and improving all third party expenditure
  • Support an evidence based approached to improving Comprehensive Area Assessment ratings, delivering savings and efficiency improvements
  • Identify cultural and other business issues that will be faced in carrying out this work
  • Provide a baseline from which effective and straightforward key performance indicators (KPIs) can be set to measure the impact of any changes
  • Improve the implementation of financial and procurement systems (including e-Procurement)

Book a Place

Venue Date Cost / Person Book
Trinity Centre, Cambridge 25th June 2009 £295.00 + VAT No Places Available
Radisson SAS, Birmingham 17th September 2009 £295.00 +VAT No Places Available


If you are unable to book online please call 01462 490609 and ask for Conference Registration.

Contact us on 01784 895040 or email for more information.