Sayer Vincent training seminars

Our seminars

Sayer Vincent are experienced trainers and run courses for many organisations in the not-for-profit sector. With over 30 years’ experience in the charity sector, we have practical knowledge of the issues you face.

We have significantly discounted our seminar prices to make them affordable for charities:

  • £75 for half day seminars
  • £150 for full day seminars
  • Free of charge to regular Sayer Vincent clients

Click on the event title below for full programmes and to book your place with Eventbrite. You may book a maximum of two people from the same organisation onto each event. We will then confirm your place by email and attach an invoice where applicable.

You can also download the 2018 programmes for London and Birmingham.

Contact us on events@sayervincent.co.uk for more information or call us on 020 7841 6360 to talk to one of our team.


2018 training programme – London

Preparing charity accounts
21 February
9 October

  • This one-day workshop aims to provide participants with an overview of charity accounting, the key stages in drafting a set of year-end accounts and tips on how to prepare for the audit.
  • The workshop is designed for finance staff who may be new to an organisation or the sector, or those who need a refresher.

VAT and Gift Aid on fundraising for charities
6 March
14 November

  • Getting the best deal for VAT and Gift Aid may help you to increase your fundraising income.
  • This session will look at practical aspects of managing the tax and VAT aspects of events and other fundraising methods such as membership schemes.

An introduction to USAID
18 April

  • We will take you through the basic systems and rules for USAID funding. The rules and regulations are very different to those of other donors and you have to be familiar with them to be able to manage the award successfully.
  • We will also cover frequent problems encountered by grant recipients and give you key tips on how to prepare for a USAID audit to avoid common audit findings.
  • Please note that there is a cost of £250+VAT for all attendees at this seminar.

SORP made simple
24 April

  • This session will provide an update on the latest changes for charity accounting and consider some of the biggest issues emerging from adoption of SORP 2015.
  • We will share examples of best practice for trustees’ reports and consider the accounting issues such as income recognition that will affect your financial statements.

Financial sustainability
10 May

  • Thinking longer term to ensure that your organisation has the right business models and financial strategies to put the strategic plan into operation.
  • We also look at reserves; the purpose of holding reserves and reserves policies, and what a balance sheet can tell you as well as considering how you can develop appropriate responses to risks, and think about how this links in with your overall and financial strategies.

Reading charity accounts
3 October

  • This seminar will help participants better understand the key principles of financial management and in particular the skills to read a set of accounts and understand the financial position of an organisation.
  • We will discuss key accounting principles, key terminology and provide useful resources for future reference.

How to be a good trustee
8 November

  • This session is ideal as an induction for new trustees or a refresher for existing trustees, explaining the responsibilities and duties of charity trustees.
  • It will cover the role of the individual trustee within the governance structure and the nature of collective responsibility. The session will also update attendees on the latest governance developments and will contain a mix of presentation as well as structured discussion to discuss issues around the trustee role.

2018 training programme – Birmingham

SORP made simple
27 February

  • This session will provide an update on the latest changes for charity accounting and consider some of the biggest issues emerging from adoption of SORP 2015.
  • We will share examples of best practice for trustees’ reports and consider the accounting issues such as income recognition that will affect your financial statements.

Preparing charity accounts
8 March

  • This one-day workshop aims to provide participants with an overview of charity accounting, the key stages in drafting a set of year-end accounts and tips on how to prepare for the audit.
  • The workshop is designed for finance staff who may be new to an organisation or the sector, or those who need a refresher.

Financial sustainability
25 April

  • Thinking longer term to ensure that your organisation has the right business models and financial strategies to put the strategic plan into operation.
  • We also look at reserves; the purpose of holding reserves and reserves policies, and what a balance sheet can tell you as well as considering how you can develop appropriate responses to risks, and think about how this links in with your overall and financial strategies

How to be a good trustee
3 May

  • This session is ideal as an induction for new trustees or a refresher for existing trustees, explaining the responsibilities and duties of charity trustees.
  • It will cover the role of the individual trustee within the governance structure and the nature of collective responsibility. The session will also update attendees on the latest governance developments and will contain a mix of presentation as well as structured discussion to discuss issues around the trustee role.

Preventing fraud
18 October

  • Charities are as at risk to fraud as any other organisation and in the age of cybercrime the risks are only increasing. Every pound lost to fraud is a pound that does not reach your charity’s beneficiaries.
  • Through a mix of discussion and case studies, this training course will help understand fraud risk and give you practical tips on how to develop a fraud awareness culture and strong counter-fraud controls in your charity.

Charity tax made simple
8 November

  • Tax issues are particularly complicated for charities. This course will cover:
  • VAT – both VAT status of different income streams and VAT recovery
  • Gift Aid
  • Trading – what can you do in the charity and when do you need a subsidiary
  • Business rates