The Financial Times meets The Apprentice

Way more than just finance training, our in-house FBPACADEMY® will show your people everything we learned in sales and marketing that we wish we’d known when we worked in finance.

Imagine The Financial Times meets the Apprentice and you’ll get an idea of the stretch we’ll give your people.

Capability surveys, on-demand video lessons, live Zoom application workshops, 1:1 coaching, and INSIGHTS® psycometric profiling. Yep we’ve got all bases covered for you!


Andy Shambrook FCA, Founder

Imagine finance had written Steve’s slide…

Well it would have been a massive table of numbers comparing actual, budget and last year wouldn’t it. Probably a few graphs and charts from the analytics. A dashboard maybe.

Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:

“2 billion songs purchased and downloaded”

The best way to bring numbers to life and tell teh story behind them, is to not use any numbers. We’ll show you how,

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Your in-house FBPACADEMY®

Way more than just finance training, we’ll show your people everything we learned in sales and marketing that we wish we’d known when we worked in finance.

Imagine The Financial Times meets the Apprentice and you’ll get an idea of the stretch we’ll give your people.

Capability surveys, on-demand video lessons, live Zoom application workshops, 1:1 coaching and INSIGHTS®. Yep we’ve got all bases covered for you! All online, with optional in-person.


We’ve trained over 7,000 FBPs in over 200 companies across the World in the last 7 years. So we take our proven core 7 module FBPACADEMY® and tailor the exercises, examples and simulations to your business situation and learning needs. This means it’s quick and very cost effective to tailor, no more expensive development costs.


We start with a quick online survey against our 16 behaviours of World Class FBPs. Why? You’ve got to know where you are today before you can decide where you want to go. We can even benchmark your team against our database of over 3,000 FBPs.


Learning is so much more effective when broken down into bite-sized chunks with time between to do it for real. So we run your FBPACADEMY® over between 7 and 14 weeks, and it’s all online. When and where we can, we add in-person simulation days to the mix.


And they’ll learn all this not through slides and group discussions. They learn it the single best way to learn anything. By doing it, for real. First in the workshops and then at work. I mean you don’t learn to ride a bike by watching a Powerpoint presentation.


If you want to take your team’s influence to truely World class add 2 extra Insights® 90 minute live online workshops, to help people understand their communication style, their strengths and the value they bring to the team.


And if you’ve got larger teams with analysts, managers, heads of and director – no problem. We simply push the more senior cohorts harder, with advanced content and exercises, all within a common framework of FBP for your business.

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Data means nothing without the story…

“Usain Bolt has a top-speed of 44.72 kph, weighs 94 kg and is 1.95m tall. He hold the World 100m record of 9.58 seconds and the World 200m record of 19.19.”

Inspired? Me neither. We prefer:

“He’s the fastest man on the planet”

Data means nothing without the story that makes it meaninful, memorable and inspirational. We’ll show you how.

How your in-house FBPACADEMY® works

Over 7,000 people have graduated from our FBPACADEMY® in the last 7 years, across over 200 businesses Worldwide. So we start with our proven core format and tailor the content, exercises, and examples to create your perfect FBP Academy. All our packages work wondefully online, with optional in-person. We've trained over 1,000 people across the World since lockdowns started, and we've perfected the model so much that we now know it's the best way to learn. And we're trusted by some of the World's biggest companies. 

Personal development plan

We start with a self-assessment against our 16 World Class Behaviours. You need to know where you start before setting your destination.

Choose to 1:1 Zoom coaching sessions throughout your programme for deep behavioural change fast.

7 on-demand video lessons

You'll learn the principles, tools and models in over 7 hours of on-demand video lessons. With case-studies, examples, and self-study exercises - all at your own pace.

All the content from our Academy is available in a stand-alone video FBP Bootcamp course, perfect for individuals and teams.

7 live virtual

The videos cover the core content, so the live workshops are all about applying it to your role today. No death by Powerpoint online, this is group exercises and presenting back!

When available we also offer in-person simulation days.


Turbo-charge your FBPAcademy with Insights ®, a fully accredited and highly respected psychometric communicatins tool.

Think MBTI and Belbin on steroids and you start to get close. We'll use it to show you influence you never imagined possible.

Live virtual workshops

So much online training today is little more than a narrated Powerpoint slideshow – boring!

Because we’ve covered the core content in the on-demand videos, our live workshops are dedicated to group exercises to apply the learning.

Your people will be trying the tools on for size, in tailored exercises that will stretch their thinking and help them apply the learning to their role today!



We don’t learn by reading or listening. We learn by doing, and that’s what the 7 x 2 hour live Zoom workshops are all about. Doing it for real, well almost for real.


Add our INSIGHTS® psychometrics package to your FBPACADEMY® and attend an extra 2 x 90 minute live virtual workshops to show them how to maximise their new FBP learning. It really does add a lot!


We’re showing people the best influencing tools from the Worlds of sales and marketing. It’s new to everyone from analyst to CFO, so we create a safe environment so that people can test them out and get to grips with them before doing them for real at work.


We’ll set at least 3 exercises per 2 hour workshop, tailored to your business situation. People will be set a typical business problem, work in groups to apply the tools from the videos, and present back the solutions.


If you want to be a great FBP you’d better good at communicating and presenting, and you’d better get good at it quick. After 7 x 2 hour live workshops, full of presenting back, your people will be good at it. We promise!


We use Zoom, simply because the breakouts rooms are awesome. Teams are rolling it out slowly, but until it’s universally available it’s just not worth using it for training. 

Imagine finance had written JFK’s speech…

“We choose to travel 238,855 miles at 25,000 miles per hour to the second densest known satellite with which we are in synchronous rotation”

Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:

“We choose to go to the moon”

If you want to be a great FBP or FD you’d better get good at communicating, and you’d better get good at it quick. We’ll show you how.

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Get good at communicating, and get good quick...

The big difference between an accountant and a leader is simply communication.

If you can make the complex simple, and talk to people's hearts as well as their mind, you will be amazing.

Steve Jobs, JFK, MLK, Oprah, Obama, Thatcher and every great influencer in history knew this. And we'll show you exactly how they did it with our Insights® add-on to your Academy.

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Turbo-charge any of our programmes with INSIGHTS®, a fully accredited and highly respected psychometic communication tool. Think MBTI and Belbin on steroids and you start to get close.


Take an online survey and get an in-depth and almost freakily accurate 40-page insight into your communication and influence preferences. This isn't a character assasination, quite the opposite. It'll show you how to ignite the real you and round off the edges you didn't even know you had.


Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don't put you in a box. Insights ® is about your communication preferences - fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow or earth green. We'll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.


Add our INSIGHTS® package to FBPBOOTCAMP® or your FBPACADEMY® and you'll get a detailed profile and attend an extra 2 x 90 minute live virtual workshops to learn how to maximise the new FBP learning. It really does add a lot!

Imagine finance had written MLKs speech...

"We see a 24.5% average income equality gap at current inflation levels, expected to expand at a compound rate of 3.2% per annum."

Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:

"We have a dream"

Data is meaningless without emotion, and we'll show you how to add it to your numbers.

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We can't make you into MLK, but we can show you how to sell your dreams...


Check out the video content

Your FBPAcademy® is broken down into 7 modules. Each module includes a 1 hour on-demand video lesson and a 2 hour live application workshop. Check out a sample of the video content for each module.


What is FBP?

Explore our Calculator to Coach model, the QUIET approach to FBP, and create your personalised development plan.


Bring Numbers To Life

Learn how to take dull, boring tables of numbers and turn them into an interesting, engaging and fun dashboard in just 10 minutes.


Turn Data into Insights

Learn how to turn data into genuine insights. Explore Insights Mountain and how to use the 5 WHYs to uncover root cause.


Relationships & Challenge

Learn how to build fast-track rapport, challenge elegantly, and deal with any conflict. You’ll map out your relationships and make a plan to improve them.


Super Hero Influence

Learn the 5 step universal sales process used by professional sales people and how to apply it to your role.


Tell Stories With Data

Learn how to tell the story behind your numbers using 3 storyline structures, the top 10 finance charts, and the 5 charts not to use!


Present & Communicate

Learn how to engage your audience, and feel more confident presenting face-to-face, remotely and…virtually.


All the content from our in-house FBP Academy in over 7 hours of on-demand video lessons for just £399. With immediate access, what better time to take your career to the next level.

Let’s talk

 I’d really like to talk to you about exactly what you’re looking for.

Please get in touch and I’ll call you. Messages come direct to me. Sometimes things can go wrong, so if you don’t hear back within 24 hours please text me on +44 (0) 7572 053 062.

Andy Shambrook FCA, Founder

+44 (0) 7572 053 062

+44 (0) 1978 75 55 27

Your FBPACADEMY® hosts

We’ve all been senior finance leaders, but our unique approach to finance business partner training comes from our direct experience working outside of finance and being partnered by finance. When you work with us you get us, no-one else.

Andy Shambrook FCA

Andy Shambrook FCA


I used to be a finance director, then I became a sales director. I’ll show you everything I learned in sales that I wish I’d known when I worked in finance. I know that when finance people are able to communicate and sell their ideas to people, they become the most influential person in the room.
Andrew Jepson CA

Andrew Jepson CA

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

I’ve been a senior finance leader but it was when I became a general manager that I really got what finance business partnering is all about. Based in Sydney, I designed and run Australia’s most popular public finance business partner training course, plus I wrote the book ‘Compliance to Commercial’.
Iain Dewson FCA

Iain Dewson FCA

Managing Director, Europe

I’ve been a finance leader and run a global finance academy for 2,000 people across 28 countries from the L&D function. Andy used to be a supplier of mine and I saw first-hand the positive impact on people and teams his work had. So much so that in 2019 I joined as a full-time partner to help spread the message.
Shelly Adams CGMA

Shelly Adams CGMA


Hi, I’m Shelly and I have over 15 years experience working in commercially-focussed finance business partner roles across FMCG and retail. My last role was outside of finance as revenue growth controller for a large UK brand. I’ll show you what I learned and how I handled it.