At Starfish Accounting, we believe in giving small businesses the tools they need to succeed. Management accounts are one of these tools. They provide essential information to help business owners make smart decisions and grow their businesses. In this blog post, we’ll explain what management accounts are and why they’re so valuable for small businesses.


What are management accounts?

Management accounts are financial reports prepared regularly, usually every month or quarter. They give business owners up to date financial information. Unlike annual financial statements which are used for taxes and compliance, and often only prepared months after the end of your financial year, management accounts are all about helping you to manage your business better.

If you’re using accounting software like Xero, and you are on top of your bookkeeping, management accounts are the next step in managing your business finances.


Why management accounts are valuable for small businesses

Management accounts offer many benefits that can help small businesses thrive. Here are some key reasons they’re so valuable:

1. Better decision making

Management accounts provide a clear, up-to-date picture of your business’s financial health. This information is crucial for making smart decisions. For example, if your P&L shows certain products aren’t selling well, you can decide to stop selling them or invest in marketing to boost sales. If your cash flow statement shows potential cash issues, you can take steps to secure additional funding or manage expenses better – before it becomes urgent.

2. Improved financial control

Regularly reviewing management accounts helps you to keep a close eye on your finances. You can quickly spot any discrepancies, unusual transactions, or trends that need attention. This ongoing monitoring allows you to maintain better control over your finances, reduce the risk of fraud, and keep your business on a solid financial footing.

3. Planning what happens next

Management accounts provide a solid foundation for business planning and forecasting. By analysing historical financial data and understanding current performance, you can create more accurate budgets and forecasts. This helps you set realistic goals, allocate resources efficiently, and anticipate potential challenges.

4. Increased accountability

Having regular financial reports makes it possible to create accountability within your business. When your team knows that performance will be reviewed regularly, they’re more likely to stay focused on meeting targets and improving results. Management accounts also provide a basis for setting performance benchmarks and holding departments or individuals accountable for their contributions to the business’s success.

5. Better information to support loans and investment

Management accounts are a valuable tool for communicating with your investors, lenders, and partners. Providing regular, detailed financial reports shows you know what you are doing, and makes you more investable. If you need a loan or investment then you will almost definitely be asked to provide management accounts.

6. Spotting opportunities and threats

If you are on top of your numbers, you can spot emerging opportunities and potential threats to your business. For example, if you notice a consistent increase in demand for a particular product, you might decide to expand production or explore new markets. Or, if you can see a trend that costs have started rising faster than sales, you can investigate the cause and work out what you need to do to fix the problem.

7. Understanding your tax position

Taxes are only really painful if they come as a surprise. Understanding how much you need to put aside to cover VAT, PAYE, corporation tax and income tax means you won’t have a shock later on. Management accounts will help you to figure that out.


How Starfish Accounting can help

At Starfish Accounting, we know that preparing and understanding management accounts can be tough, especially for small business owners who are already juggling many responsibilities. That’s where we come in. Our team of experienced accountants can help you set up a strong management accounting system tailored to your business’s needs.

We provide the following services:

  • Regular financial reporting: We prepare and deliver detailed management accounts on a monthly or quarterly basis, giving you the information you need to make timely decisions.
  • Analysis and insights: We don’t just provide the numbers; we explain what they mean. We will either record a loom video for you to explain what the reports show, or have regular meetings with you. Those insights and recommendations will help you to understand your financial performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Customised reports: We work with you to develop reports that are relevant to your business, providing you with valuable data to track your progress.
  • Budgeting and forecasting: We assist you in creating realistic budgets and forecasts, helping you plan for the future and stay on track to achieve your goals.
  • Ongoing support: We are always here to answer your questions, provide guidance, and support you in making the best financial decisions for your business.


Management accounts are a powerful tool that can provide small businesses with the insights and control needed to succeed in today’s competitive environment. Having access to regular, detailed financial reports, helps you to make better decisions, improve financial control, and plan effectively.

At Starfish Accounting, we are committed to helping you unlock the full potential of your business. Contact us today to learn more about how management accounts can benefit your business and drive your success.