Demands on the finance function continue to grow. Now, more than ever, organisations expect the finance function to play an important role in value creation, going well beyond just keeping the books in order. A critical part of value creation comes from how finance leads interact with the rest of the business to drive performance, insight and data led decision making.  

What is Finance Business Partnering?

Finance business partners are accountants who work very closely with the business to help it make key decisions. They discuss historical results as well as future projections. Key strategies are also discussed, as these all impact on the financial results.

Finance business partners will often be embedded within specific business units to create active partnerships that provide real-time support and analysis. This makes them trusted advisers focused on adding value to businesses.

Finance Business Partnering development programme

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme

    Who is it for?

    People in finance roles aspiring to transition into a Finance Business partnering role for the first time or looking to improve their ability to partner effectively with the business.

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme

    Key objectives

    Give your finance leads the knowledge, skills, and techniques to partner more effectively with the business, helping to prompt action and make best informed decisions to create value.

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme


    Facilitated face-to-face workshops and practical experience. The programme is open to anyone with a maximum 20 participants.

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme


    Three consecutive days and two CPD virtual events (can also be accessed on-demand).

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme


    Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG  

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme


    Includes certificate of completion by Grant Thornton.

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme


    Cost starts from £2,000 per person, dependent on number of participants

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Programme content and structure


What are the drivers of business performance? Business environment; business planning; horizon scanning.

Leadership, people and culture

Using Insights profiling as a tool for communicating with impact.

Data, systems, process and controls

The art of the possible; what do we mean by data governance? Data capture and integrity; dashboards; data tools (eg, Power BI).

Performance, reporting, and information

Internal and external reporting; financial planning and analysis; performance and risk management.

Training schedule

Pre-work: Introductory prep
  • Complete insights profiling
  • Short case study to support introduction to workshop one
Workshop one: Training (one day)
  • Facilitate part one of the course
  • Introduction to Business Partnering
Workshop two: Training (one day)
  • Facilitated session, in person, covering part two of the training
Pre-work: Case study
  • Team work: reading a practical case study to adopt and practice on workshop three
Workshop three: Applied learning (¾ day)
  • A real life case study scenario, working in teams and using role play to put the learning into practice

Finance Business Partnering: development programme

Give your finance leads the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to more effectively partner with the business and create value .