Finance and Management Books for the Public Sector

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Finance and management books for the public and non profit sectors. View our showcase video.  These titles are all available to purchase in paperback online by visiting our “Books and eBooks” page. Kindle versions are available from Amazon, and eBook versions from Googlebooks.

These books are easy to read and practical. They are ideal for managers and those working in the public and non-profit sectors. They contain exercises and self development activities to help develop finance skills. Some of the books when combined with our online assessments attract CPD certification. See our CPD courses page for more details.

Police Authority

We were approached by this police authority to provide resources for staff to develop financial management skills. This authority has decided to start the process of skills development by using our books as an effective way of introducing topics such as managing budgets and costing and pricing. The important factor being that our books and our training approach is practical and targeted at the public sector, hence being more relevant to their staff. This organisation has purchased several hundred of our titles to engage with all staff in a cost effective manner, and to start the process of developing skills and changing attitudes to managing finance.

Arts Organisation

Our training and consultancy services are delivered in a unique way which enables non-commercial organisations and their staff, engage with topics such as finance management. We are able to communicate private sector principles to the public and non-profit sectors in a way that makes sense to their particular sector. Arts Organisations often find focussing on financial management difficult as it takes energy away from creativity. However, all organisations have to be run in a way that is both viable and sustainable. We were able to help our client with this in a number of ways which included training the board members, working with the finance officer, and offering advice and input to the financial governance of the organisation. This included working on the way in which financial information is presented to assist with monitoring and control. Introducing concepts such as variances and projections proved very useful.


This internationally renowned university has been using our services for over 10 years. To begin with they wanted to develop a finance course for their staff including lecturers, heads of department, and Deans. Given that their focus is on the delivery of education it was always going to be challenging to encourage them to take responsibility for budgets. Time has shown how important these skills now are as the funding of higher education has changed. Universities in the UK have moved to a position where student fees now represent the majority of their funding, and new independent income streams need to be developed. Some of these are commercial in nature and financial skills are now essential for University staff. We have been able to assist in the transition and our budgeting course remains popular. In addition, we provide training on the Bribery Act and Fraud Awareness, along with Cash Handling

Local Authority

We were invited into this London local authority to assist with the training and development of staff across all departments. A comprehensive training needs assessment had been undertaken highlighting a range of areas of skills development. We were invited to develop programmes to meet the training needs in the area of finance. The requirements included training staff in budgeting, budget monitoring and control, as well as using the financial systems. In addition it was recognised that the finance staff supporting managers also required training. Our solution was to develop 4 programmes which included SAP training. As part of the delivery we produced training manuals for the courses and assisted with the development of an in-house user manual for SAP. We have now worked with this authority for 15 years and they continue to be one of our clients. Over this period of time our programs have developed with the changing needs and environment. The participants now use our online assessments as a pre-course benchmark , and all budget holders have access to SAP , and use it in the budgetary control process. This organisation ensures training in this area is available for all new staff and those who wish to refresh their skills by integrating it into their management development courses.

Going Global with Export Worldwide

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We now feature some of our finance books and courses on the export worldwide platform. This enables our landing pages to be viewed in 20 different languages such that all our customers can engage with our products. Please view our pages and feel free to find our more by contacting us.


Making Budgets Work – Free eBook

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Our free eBook is now available to view by following this link.



Avoiding a serious financial situation

We offer free finance training advice.

Whilst Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) faces a serious financial situation (BBC 6th February 2018), it should have come as no surprise given their recent financial statements. Not only were there deficits arising from operations but also the balance sheet shows liquidity issues. When current assets are less than current liabilities all officers should be concerned about how the bills will be paid. In many organisations, sometimes there is a woeful lack of financial awareness and understanding amongst senior managers, resulting in a “head in the sand” approach to budget management and control.

Budget holders are often not aware of the “big picture” in respect of the financial position of their organisation, and training is often an easy target for budget cuts. The cost benefit of an investment in financial training for all staff that spend an organisation’s money is immeasurable. Council’s such as NCC should, and must ensure that managers are not only competent in the area of their business but also have financial competency as a core skill. These managers are the ones who make the difference in achieving savings and managing finances.

There are many Councils and other publicly funded bodies (the NHS springs to mind) who are on the cusp of a serious financial situation – and some do not even know that they are!! Action must be taken if savings are to be made; service quality improved; and financial viability maintained. We at HB Consulting have been beating the drum for over 25 years identifying that finance is one of the “Essential skills for the public sector”. We hope that many more local authorities, and others, begin to listen.

The training services we offer can really make a difference. Attend one of our finance courses, read our books, or let us tailor the ideal finance training programme for your organisation. Contact: for a free, no obligation discussion about your requirements.

Winter Newsletter Now Available

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Email for a copy of our Winter Newsletter.

Included is “How to achieve value for money” along with “special offers”.

There are substantial discounts on our books, and anyone requesting a copy of the Newsletter will be able to get a 20% discount by quoting reference “Winter2017”

Online Competency Assessments are an Ideal Tool for Recruitment

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Recruitment can be a very costly exercise, particularly when it relates to management positions. In particular, the public sector has limited resources and cannot afford mistakes. Some candidates appear to be highly qualified, and do well at interview, but do not perform well when appointed. HB Publications and Training International has a competency assessment tool which can be used to identify levels of both skills and knowledge required for the post, and how well the candidate can apply these. Our assessments are online and can therefore be used at any time. They have been used internationally where candidates have been able to take the assessments in advance from any location as part of the short listing process. It provides an objective measure which is very important within the public sector to ensure fairness. HB Publications and Training International has developed content specifically for public sector organisations for the last 25 years, and understands the objectives led approach for non-profit entities. We are therefore able to develop bespoke assessments to measure competency levels required for specific roles according to the job descriptions and organisational requirements. For more information and to discuss using our assessment tool just contact us at