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

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    Who is it for?

    People already working in business facing finance roles, and those aspiring to move into business partnering who want to develop the necessary capabilities.

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    Key objectives

    Moving from ‘the what’, to the ‘so what’, to the ‘now what’ - supporting Finance Business Partners to get their message across.

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    Facilitated face to face workshops with a blend of practical exercises. Open programme, max. 20 participants. Dedicated closed programmes available as required.

  • Finance Business Partnering development programme

    High-level programme

    3 days consecutive training, including completion of CPD events (online, on demand) and Insights' profiling report.

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    Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG (Alternative locations across the UK available by agreement).

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    Includes certificate of completion by Grant Thornton.

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Programme content and structure

Understanding the role

Introducing the six core elements of finance business partnering and the key skills required.

Planning and performance

Introducing the steps to effective forecasting, frameworks to help identify drivers of performance, and how to select high quality management information and key performance indicators.

Turning data into insight

Understanding the importance of good quality data, and how to create, communicate and present meaningful insight with that data.

Leadership, people and culture

Presenting a variety of techniques to help you build strong stakeholder relationships, and communicate at the appropriate level for your stakeholders

“This course offers a good balance of theory, personal insight and active scenarios. Every single one of us came away with new perspectives, new ideas and actions to improve how we partner. Back on the job, we’re already getting more positive feedback from our stakeholders.”

Richard Trim, Director of Finance Partnering, Marie Curie

Training schedule

Pre-work: Introductory prep
  • Complete insights profiling
  • Short case study to support introduction to workshop one
Workshop one: Training (one day)
  • Facilitated session, in person, introducing part 1 of the finance business partnering training and Insights session
Workshop two: Training (one day)
  • Facilitated session, in person, covering part two of the training
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 .

Get in touch

Simon Davidson

Partner, Finance Consulting

+44 (113) 2002 502



Ruth Walsh

Director - Programme lead

+44 (0)20 7728 2509



Gill Ellyard

Associate Director - Programme facilitator

+44 (0)1908 087390