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Better Business Cases Foundation 2021


Event summary

This course provides you with foundation-stage accreditation on the HM Treasury Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model. It is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner qualification. The advertised cost includes the examination fee. A 10% discount is available to all CIPFA members. If this applies to you, please email to make your booking


23 Sep 2021 09:30
24 Sep 2021 16:30

Standard price

£880.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Why attend?

If you work on developing or reviewing business cases, HM Treasury is recommending that you are accredited on the Better Business Cases programme, which has been jointly developed by HM Treasury and the Welsh Government.

Benefits of the course

The foundation course will give you:

  • increased knowledge of the process for developing an effective business case that has public value at its core
  • the ability to better scope and plan investment decisions
  • the skills to develop a robust framework for transparent decision-making and quality spending proposals
  • a recognised qualification to relevant standards.

Learning outcomes

Through reference to the Five Case Model, HM Treasury’s Green Book and a range of exercises and case studies, you will understand how to address the following key questions:

  • Is there a compelling case for change?
  • Does the preferred investment option optimise value for money?
  • Is the proposed deal commercially viable?
  • Is the spending proposal affordable?
  • How can the proposal be delivered successfully?

These learning outcomes will lead to better informed decisions and value for money through a:

  • structured way of thinking
  • step-by-step approach
  • way of working together
  • way to bring convergence, coherence and cohesion.

Who should attend?

Decision-makers, managers, business case developers and project managers and teams.

The classroom learning is delivered online via virtual classrooms. You will be provided a link to join each workshop online. Our trainer will be there to greet you and the other delegates, and we aim to deliver just as we would if everyone was together in a physical training room. For best results we recommend the use of webcams.


Your trainers will be available throughout the programme to provide support, you will have access to recordings of all module presentations and we will arrange online group ‘clinic’ sessions during the course.  


  • Commissioning
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Transformation
  • / Value for money

Speaker - Brendan McCarron: Senior Consultant

Brendan is a senior leadership and professional consultant for CIPFA consultancy and training. He leads CIPFA’s CFO Leadership Academy in the UK and for the Government of Canada. He is also heavily involved in CIPFA’s finance business partnering work and in change management assignments in the UK and in Europe. He can be contacted on E:, T: 07810 547 226.