Date: 23rd February 2019. 10am - 4:30pm. Monkton Wyld Court, West Dorset
Tutors Dan Powell and Liz Pannell. Dan has many years experience with land based businesses and has been keeping and using accounts to help the businesses grow. Liz has been a qualified book-keeper for small local businesses and is a keen vegetable grower in her own right.
Location Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Nr Bridport
Who is Essential Book-keeping for Growers for? People who have recently started or are thinking starting a new vegetetable growing business. You might have a good grounding in practical growing but feel you need to get to grips with the business and paperwork end of things to give you the confidence to get your business off the ground. You may have been runnning a business for a while but never have a had the time to get to grips with the paperwork and accounting side and you feel you need a system where you can be more in control. Specifically tailored for growers and market gardeners who want to spend more time in the garden than the office! If this sounds like your situation then Essential Book-keeping for Growers is for you!
Course detail The vocation of growing vegetables and marketing them locally comes from a love of tilling the earth and growing food for the local community. No wonder that the book-keeping and records side of the business can seem lack-lustre. This course aims to help the grower set up a system that is easy to use and meets the needs of the tax man, the bank manager and of course YOU, the grower. Over the course of the day you will be led through a series of practical sessions that will give you the confidence to design a system that suits you and your business. Minimal maths skills required! It aims to give you the confidence to set up and run a system where the essential book-keeping tasks of recording and invoicing can be carried out in an efficient manner. Ultimately this approach will result in being able to access valuable information for planning and testing change in the business, keeps the tax man happy AND gives you more time in the field or garden! Session 1:Why do we need to keep the books? Who and what are they really for? This opening session explores WHY we keep need to keep account of our growing activities. WHO is it really for and WHAT information can we use from it to our advantage. This will lead us to value the book keeping activity and help us in the next session to design a recording system that works for our business. Session 2: How to keep the books balanced and complete? In this session we will look at structure and systems! How do we design a book-keeping and recording system that is, easy to use and extract and manage the information it contains, to satisfy the tax and management needs of the business. We will look at practical applications for your own business based on the single entry book-keeping system using the cash analysis approach. Once we have grasped this we will look at manual and computerised systems in attempt to minimise the carrier bag technique! Session 3:The nuts and bolts of the book-keeping system Where have all those receipts gone! Now we will look at dealing with invoices and receipts in a timely manner to maintain positive cashflow. We look at the advantages of accounting methods for tax and VAT that involve minimum input time and how to properly use a petty cash system. Session 4: Using the information for forward planning! Finally we will wrap the day up by looking at the various ways we can use all the information we have collected through the book-keeping department! We will touch on enterprise and whole business budgeting and how to use information for marketing to develop a dynamic forward plan to work from for future seasons. Session 5:Questions Questions Questions! Lots of time for questions and a wrap up to review the day. We look forward to seeing you!
A vegetarian lunch will be provided from Monkton Wyld Kitchen. £10 payable on the day.
Early bird price of only £55 for the day until 11th February 2019! 10% discount available to Landworkers' Alliance and CSA members. There will also be one bursary ticket (half price) offered to those who cannot afford the full ticket price - contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to apply for this.