Education for the higher educated

Financial Drivers

Ashridge Business School

  • Description
  • Overview

Understand the financial drivers of your business

This two-day programme will leave you feeling confident in understanding and interpreting the impact of your actions and decisions on the financial metrics which reflect business performance.

Who is it for?

You are a manager, from any business discipline, who needs to understand financial metrics and take relevant actions to increase value creation, whether that means generating returns greater than the cost of capital, or returns that exceed the cost of an associated investment, or taking decisions which the market interprets as increasing the worth of your business.

Programme overview

With a mix of taught input, challenges, a real time case study and group exercises, you will uncover through robust and proven techniques the meaning of financial metrics interpreting them to manage operational performance and to create value. Relevant for business-to-business and consumer, service and manufacturing and private, not-for-profit and public sector organisations.

With a little preparation work before you arrive and a two day course with our tutors, we will equip you to understand the financial drivers of your organisation so that you will have all the commercial acumen to set an agenda to raise performance.

Benefits to you and your organisation

You will leave the Financial Drivers programme with an understanding of financial terminology and metrics, how the external market assesses the figures, confident in your ability to interpret this information and translate it in order to improve the management of operational performance to foster an increased capability to create value for the organisation.

Why choose an Ashridge Open Programme?

  • Ashridge offers you a unique environment for learning, reflection and change
  • Ashridge offers peer networking opportunities with like minded professionals during the programme and afterwards via The Ashridge Network
  • On site accommodation, learning materials, leisure facilities and a wide choice of cuisine is all included as part of your Ashridge Open Programme package
  • Our teaching style blends academic theory and real-world examples with practical skills and tools. Our faculty won't lecture you but will make you participate. It's how we make your learning stick
  • With specific implementable action plans, proven new thinking and practical advice, Ashridge will help you make more of your career
  • Access to online content from Virtual Ashridge to support your learning before, during and after the residential part of your programme.


To maximise the impact of your learning before you arrive, you will perform a real-time online analysis of a business.

Two-day residential phase

This programme is a short, sharp, lively connection with the principles and practices of effectively managing financial drivers to achieve organisational goals. It deals with factors such as asset utilisation, cost management, working capital control, cash generation and sources of capital for investment.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Exploring the financial drivers framework: income statements, balance sheets, cashflow statements and the relationship between them
  • Financial and business analysis using a case study
  • Measuring and actioning value creation
  • Understanding the external perspective
  • Planning for results


  • You will be given a finance toolkit which includes: a glossary of accounting terms, key pointers for interpreting financial statements, key ratios, how to evaluate investment decisions and a guide to possible decision-making traps
  • As a participant you automatically join the The Ashridge Network where you can continue your personal development and networking
  • Your personal development is supported with access to Virtual Ashridge content via your programme portal for twelve months after your programme
  • You can keep your personal development on track with one-to-one coaching sessions tailored to your specific requirements as well as access ongoing support from Ashridge Momentum. Please contact our Programme Advisors for further information.

Level University
Form Part-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 2 days
Location Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK
Costs €2889
Class location type At the institute
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Certificate