Our seminars

Sayer Vincent are experienced trainers and run courses for many social purpose organisations. With over 30 years’ experience in the charity sector, we have practical knowledge of the issues you face.

We cover a wide range of topics with events across London and Birmingham and our seminars are priced to make them affordable for charities:

  • £75 for half day seminars
  • £150 for full day seminars
  • Free for SV clients (unless stated otherwise)

You will find a full list of our seminars is below – just click on the date to go to our booking page.

You can also download our full 2019 programmes for London or Birmingham.

If you have any queries please read our event terms and conditions or contact us at events@sayervincent.co.uk or 020 7841 6360 to talk to one of the team.


2019 training programme – London

Preparing Charity Accounts
13 February
16 October 

  • This full-day workshop provides 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. We include an opportunity for questions as well as case studies and practical exercises and will be based on preparing accounts in accordance with SORP 2015.

VAT made simple
13 March

  • In this session attendees will be given a brief overview of charity areas such as non-business activities and the VAT status of various types of income such as grants, contracts, selling donated goods, fundraising events and sponsorship.
  • We will also explain when you need to register for VAT and how to recover VAT on costs once you are registered.

Reading charity accounts 
8 May

  • This seminar is specifically aimed at Trustees and non-financial staff and will enable you to better understand the key principles of financial management.
  • During the seminar we will focus on developing your skills to read a set of accounts in order to understand the financial position of an organisation.
  • The aim of the session is to improve your confidence when reading financial information whether management or statutory accounts. We will discuss key accounting principles, key terminology and provide useful resources for future reference.

Financial Sustainability
6 June

  • This session will help you to think longer term to ensure that your organisation has the right business models and financial strategies to put the strategic plan into operation
  • We  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.

Technical update 
8 October 

  • Join us for a morning update session where we will deliver a comprehensive summary of key updates and changes in the law that will have an impact on the charity sector
  • We will cover VAT, tax, financial reporting, SORP, governance and other issues relevant to charity finance professionals
  • This session is aimed at anyone in a charity finance role and will provide attendees with information on key developments and information you need to know in 2019. The event is a one-stop-shop for your CPD.

VAT and Gift Aid on fundraising for charities 
6 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.

How to be a good trustee 
7 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
  • We 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

 

2019 training programme – Birmingham

Reading charity accounts 
7 March 

  • This seminar is specifically aimed at Trustees and non-financial staff and will enable you to better understand the key principles of financial management.
  • During the seminar we will focus on developing your skills to read a set of accounts in order to understand the financial position of an organisation.
  • The aim of the session is to improve your confidence when reading financial information whether management or statutory accounts. We will discuss key accounting principles, key terminology and provide useful resources for future reference.

How to be a good trustee 
4 April

  • This session is ideal as an induction for new trustees or a refresher for existing trustees, explaining the responsibilities and duties of charity trustees
  • We 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

Preparing Charity Accounts
23 May

  • This full-day workshop provides 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. We include an opportunity for questions as well as case studies and practical exercises and will be based on preparing accounts in accordance with SORP 2015.

Financial Sustainability
17 October

  • This session will help you to think longer term to ensure that your organisation has the right business models and financial strategies to put the strategic plan into operation
  • We  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.

Charity tax made simple
13 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