Image above: 1988 Runagood®’s Founder discusses the development of government strategy for UK small business performance improvement with cabinet minister, Lord Mayhew. This inaugurated a 22 year relationship that directly led to the UK’s small businesses rising from 21st to 7th place in the international competitiveness league table by 2010.(World Economic Forum report)
Acquire the full set of business advisory skills in practical stages and the technology to put them into action, rapidly, profitably and safely with Runagood® Founder Duncan Collins
What's the outlook for accountant practices?
Can they crack the business advice market?
A way forward for the brave or inspired!
Ordinarily, it would take at least 5 years of training and field experience to acquire the competence and confidence to operate as a successful and credible, independent business, mentor, coach, consultant and trainer. But Runagood® has applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) to consolidate 30 years of work with 1m small businesses into a formula that builds on your existing accountancy skills, knowledge and experience to create a rounded business professional. These are delivered through accelerated learning processes in one-day sessions for individuals and two-day programmes for practices.
These are the very same techniques that were developed to raise UK small business competitiveness from 21st to 7th place internationally over 22 years and which have now been simplified and automated. Trained accountants can apply them to the smallest of businesses, using easy to learn facilitation and software skills. Learning is by workshops with role play, to provide lifelike practical experience, ensuring from the first commercial client project you’re confident through familiarity. Therefore, the training can only be truly effective face to face. However, updates and training for new products, processes and methods, will be available via webinars as well as face to face.
All training will be in London and repeated in Regions where there is sufficient demand. Certificates will be renewed annually through online Q&A.
BRONZE TRAINING - CERTIFIED BUSINESS ANALYST
A one-day programme backed by AI during which you will learn how to subtly introduce to any type and size of organisation a business analysis and benchmarking programme, which will measure its overall performance and value and map out its options for growth.
Making a deep impression on business clients, this programme exposes realities and opens new possibilities for owners and their businesses.
You will be able to pick apart the detailed issues and priorities around current and potential business performance, the desires of its owner, and manage the in-depth discussions that will guide them to logically and emotionally sound, conclusions.
This process meshes seamlessly with the accountancy meetings and discussions you already have with your clients and works powerfully with every other business that you meet, with a view to securing them as clients.
This programme builds upon your existing knowledge and experience as a practising accountant to provide you with the confidence and credibility to operate as a professional Business Analyst.
Upon certification, you will be qualified in business analysis, licensed to use Business Dashboard® AI technology, receive permanent support and qualify for Professional Indemnity insurance for all work that you carry out, using your new skills, processes and technology.
You must be a qualified accountant with practice experience to undertake this programme.
Cost: MAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE £99 +VAT / RRP £499 +VAT
Location: London or Regional
Bronze software licence: £99 per month. Unlimited use
SILVER TRAINING - CERTIFIED BUSINESS PLANNER
A one-day programme backed by AI during which you will learn how to subtly introduce and generate for any type and size of organisation a Business Forecast, review its options intelligently and create a feasible Plan to grow any aspect of its performance and value.
You will be able to guide the owner to select the most feasible scenarios and bring these to life with tailored Mission and Vision statements supported by detailed Objectives and Strategies to take the business towards his/her selected performance and valuation goals.
This process logically follows from the Business Analysis programme from which it draws the data needed to build an interactive Forecast and automated Plan.
It meshes seamlessly with the accountancy work that you carry out with clients, such as management accounting and budgeting, or can stand alone as a piece of powerful scenario and planning work with prospective or non-accountancy clients.
This programme builds upon your existing knowledge and experience as a practising accountant and as a Runagood® Certified Business Analyst to provide you with the confidence and credibility to operate as a professional Business Planner.
Upon certification, you will be licensed to use Runagood® AI Forecasting and Planning technology, receive permanent support and qualify for Professional Indemnity insurance for all work you carry out using your new skills, processes and technology.
You must be a qualified practice accountant to undertake this programme and hold a current Runagood® Business Analyst Certificate.
Cost: £499 +VAT
Silver software licence: £149 per month. Unlimited use (replacing Level 1 fee)
GOLD TRAINING - CERTIFIED BUSINESS IMPLEMENTER
A one-day programme backed by AI during which you will learn how to implement a Business Plan, or performance or value improvement project, to achieve tangible results, for any type or size of organisation.
You will be able to guide the owner through selection of the Business Improvement Methods that will best achieve their Business Plan or project goals and then advise confidently on the most effective support method to ensure effective implementation.
You will learn the different skills needed to: mentor; coach; train; consult; project manage, clients. These processes mesh seamlessly with any practical accountancy work that you implement with clients, or can standalone as a piece of potent, practical work.
This logically follows from the Business Planner programme from which it draws the data needed to identify and put into action the practical steps that will move the client along the road to measurable improvements in business performance and value.
Upon certification, you will be licensed to use Runagood® AI Business Implementation Methods and Templates, receive permanent support and qualify for Professional Indemnity insurance for all work you carry out using your new skills, processes and technology.
You must be a qualified practice accountant to undertake this programme and hold a current Runagood® Business Planner Certificate.
Cost: £399 +VAT
Unlimited Gold software licence: £199 per month (replacing Level 2 fee)
ACCREDITATED BUSINESS CENTRE TRAINING
A two-day programme during which you will establish a new business based on Runagood® technology, methods and central support. This will enable you to reach out to every business in your allocated postcodes and provide them with all-round business performance and value improvement services.
This comprehensive programme will develop the key strategies needed to set up a new profit centre in your practice, working seamlessly with your accountancy services and organising them into an implementable plan.
Working together, we will identify the actions needed to deal with all the required details of how to manage your Business Centre’s:
- Marketing – to impress and find new clients
- Operations – to serve and retain existing clients
- Systems – to deploy technology for efficient working
- People – to recruit, manage and develop productive individuals
- Finance – to invest and manage for profit, cash and value growth
Upon accreditation, your practice will be licensed to operate publicly as a Runagood® Business Centre with unrestricted access to all the software.
It will receive permanent support, be featured in national promotions, be passed leads and referrals received at the centre and join Runagood® marketing programmes.
To undertake this programme, you must have in your practice at least one holder of a current Runagood® Business Advisor Certificate, who attends this whole session.
Cost: £999 +VAT
Unlimited software licence: £249 per month (replacing Level 4 fee)
CERTIFIED BUSINESS ADVISOR TRAINING
A three-day programme backed by AI, uniting the Levels One, Two and Three training & Certifications. This delivers a rounded professional qualification to provide and implement advice to any type and size of business, using Runagood® analytical, planning and implementation software.
This programme may be completed on 3 separate days by joining any Runagood® Certified Levels One, Two and Three sessions.
It can be purchased as a single block of 3 sessions, or applied for following the issue of Certificate Levels One, Two and Three.
Upon certification, you will be licensed to use Runagood® AI Business Implementation Methods, receive permanent support and qualify for Professional Indemnity insurance for all work you carry out using your new skills, processes and technology.
You must be a qualified practice accountant to undertake this programme and hold current Runagood® Certificates for: Business Analyst; Business Planner; Business Implementer
Cost: £999 +VAT
Unlimited Gold software licence: £199 per month (replacing Level 3 fee)
CERTIFIED GRANT PLANNER TRAINING
A one-day programme during which you will learn about the main grants and funds that are available to help businesses, how to source them, rules and methods of access.
You will be able to identify the types of business, industries and locations that qualify for the types of funding and the criteria that apply to these. This will enable you to locate and design programmes for acceptance by businesses and funding providers alike.
The effect will be that you receive the funding that you organise for clients in return for sourcing it and providing the contracted services. Through eliminating the complexity and compliance burden on the client in applying for and managing grants whilst presenting readymade participants to the grant provider, you will be able to generate profitable income by solving both their problems.
You will also be able to participate automatically in national grant funding programmes organised by Runagood®.
Upon accreditation, you will be licensed to source, market, organise and run collaborative grant funded programmes with clients and partners. And you will receive regular news of grants and funding regimes as they come and go with details of how to participate.
In order to undertake this programme, you must be an Accredited Runagood® Business Centre and the attendee must hold a current Runagood® Business Advisor Certificate
Cost: £499 +VAT
Unlimited user licence: £50 per month (additional to all other fees)
Who it's for
This training is designed for accountants in practice who have small business clients and wish to develop new revenue streams from providing business advice and consultancy to existing and new business clients.
Testimonial from Accountants
"After attending the training I was equipped with the knowledge and software to reach out to my current clients and help them with a variety of new services such as coaching and mentoring.
One particular client was a STEM tutor who started a new business and thought he was going broke. The supporting software quickly showed that not to be the case. It highlighted the need for the Cashflow Management Method which was quickly implemented and within 4 weeks there was money in his bank account.
Since completing all the stages of the training, we have transformed our practice into a one stop business advice shop, able to help any business with any problem, adding value to clients and to our own business."
Omar Siddiqui, Partner at Reddy Siddiqui LLP
Testimonials from Accountants' Clients
Location - Runagood® Offices, 3B Shirland Mews, Maida Vale, London, W9 3DY
Attendance - Maximum of 6 attendees per day
Timing - Arrive at 9am with the aim to finish at 5pm
Travel & Accommodation - Close to London mainline stations, bus, tube and free parking on site. Local accommodation recommendations available from £50 per night. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Free parking available with nearby underground stations being Maida Vale or Westbourne Park.
Other information - Bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop and your practice’s last 3 years financial accounts