Excel Business Modelling

£730 per delegate. This may be less for special offers on specific course dates and in-company training courses

Duration: 2 days

Trainer: S047OW

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How many of the following boxes can you tick?

You know Excel well, and use it every day?
You work with financial models?
You know how to create an IF function, but struggle with MATCH?

This two-day course is aimed at those who need to build or work with financial models in Excel. On this course you'll learn best-practice techniques for building models, using range names more than you could ever conceive, and you'll find out about functions like MATCH, INDEX and SUMPRODUCT. Oh, and on the way you'll learn tons of short-cut keys and tips and tricks, we promise!


Delegates should already be very comfortable with using the basics of Excel. Some financial modelling or accountancy background, while not essential, will be very useful. This course uses Excel 2013, but will be just as useful if you're using Excel 2010 or 2007.

Course Contents

Building models

- Freezing windows
- What makes a good formula
- Separating inputs and calculations
- Avoiding the IF function
- Maintaining constant periodicity


- Avoiding the IF function
- Creating a mask

Range names and absolute references

- Absolute references ($ symbol)
- Fixing only the row/column
- Creating range names
- Labelling ranges automatically

Styles and themes

- How themes work
- Using the default styles
- Creating custom styles

Number formatting

- Creating custom formats
- The four parts of a format
- Scaling numbers

Dates and times

- How dates and times are stored
- Useful date/time functions
- Formatting dates and times

Conditional formatting

- Creating/using cell rules
- Data bars and colour sets

Validation and protection

- Setting cell validation
- Protecting cells/worksheets
- Cell comments
- Grouping and outlining


- Creating outlines
- Improving how symbols appear

Multiple worksheets

- Copying, moving and renaming
- The dangerous group mode
- Summing across worksheets
- 3-D range names

Array formulae

- Creating array formulae
- Editing and deleting array formulae
- Strengths and weaknesses

Cashflow calculations

- Avoiding circularity
- Separating interest paid and received
- Dealing with compound interest rates
- Getting quarterly summary figures

Investment appraisal

- Net present value
- Internal rate of return
- Non-periodic cashflows

IF and LOOKUP functions

- The conditional (IF) function
- Nested IFs are evil
- Lookup tables

Advanced lookup functions

- Using MATCH to find values
- Combining MATCH and INDEX
- Using OFFSET
- The feared INDIRECT function

Advanced formulae tricks*

- Using dynamic ranges

Other functions

- Text functions in Excel
- Inspection functions

Formulae auditing

- Error-checking
- Precedents and dependents
- Evaluating formulae
- Watching cells


- The scenario drop-down tool
- What-if analysis
- Creating a scenario report


- Targeting a given value
- Setting number of iterations

Data tables

- One-way data tables
- Two-way data tables

Please note that any items marked with a * will be covered if time allows.

Course Times

Usually 9.30am - 4.30pm. Course times will be confirmed in the joining instructions once the course has been booked.
The course either has new dates in data loading, or is only run as a dedicated or In Company course.
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