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Financial literacy – Your business game-changer

Train your non-financial managers in just one day

Whichever industry you’re in, anyone running an SME, larger business or organisation knows that achieving and maintaining financial control is absolutely vital. It means you need to make sure your non-financial managers are financially literate and confident to make the right decisions.

Introducing Colour AccountingTM

Colour Accounting financial training for non-financial managers is the world renowned one-day course that gives your people all the financial fundamentals in a way that’s enjoyable to learn and super easy to understand. By improving your people’s financial literacy, you’ll improve your business performance.

One Day Workshops do the business

In New Zealand, Colour Accounting one day workshops are brought to you exclusively by ServiceIQ, in partnership with BDO accountants – accredited Colour Accounting workshop leaders.

Take the short, fun financial literacy quiz to see where you stand.

Book an in-house Workshop

We would be happy to work with you to create a tailored in-house workshop. These can range in duration, content and cost to what suits you and your needs best. Please contact us to discuss options via

Want to experience a taste of the full day Colour Accounting workshop?

Watch our 50 minute recorded introductory webinar presented by accredited facilitator Justin Martin to gain a better understanding of the basics of accounting using a fun and colourful proven technique.

Workshop dates


Public workshop

Wednesday, 18 November 2021, 9am–4pm

BDO, 10 Young Street, New Plymouth


Public workshop

Postponed due to covid, new date to be confirmed.

BDO, 50 Customhouse Quay, Wellington


Colour AccountingTM workshops are run by trained experts from BDO (including Justin Martin, one of the 2019 Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand '20 Future Leaders'). A place on an in-person workshop is $599 plus GST per person; online workshops are $569 pus GST (paid prior to the workshop). You may be entitled to a discount as this workshop is registered with the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund. Find out more at

Many benefits for you, your people and your business

After just one day, your people will leave the workshop being able to: 

  • read balance sheets and income statements and understand what they say about the business’s performance
  • manage cash flows by understanding all the levers in the business
  • manage a Profit & Loss statement
  • draw up a budget
  • improve financial controls
  • save costs
  • expand profit margins
  • gain new insights into your business’s finances
  • communicate more powerfully and avoid confusion
  • increase shareholder return
  • align your teams around well understood financial goals

Who uses Colour Accounting?

Colour Accounting training is used internationally and in New Zealand to upskill non-financial managers working for businesses and organisations of all sizes, including legal firms, government agencies, universities, and not-for-profits.

Price guarantee

We offer a money back guarantee that by the end of the full workshop you will be able to identify the five core accounting categories and explain the meaning of each, or be entitled to a full refund of attendance fee.  

What they say

ServiceIQ and BDO’s Colour Accounting workshops have received 100 per cent approval with Kiwis:

“I have clearer understanding of accounting concepts, increased ability to read financial data and the confidence to interpret that data in order to inform our decisions. The use of colour to indicate and separate data is inspired and I use this same concept in my own reporting today!”

Hamish Drury – Lubricants Business Manager, Z Energy Limited, Auckland

"We opted for a tailored Colour Accounting workshop across our businesses for about 30 staff with various levels of financial acumen. The format made accounting approachable and easier to understand. Having it tailored meant we could use real life examples, have people work with their peers across the organisation and better understand the effect of decisions and transactions in their specific parts of the business. All reported increased general financial literacy, along with greater confidence in analysing financial reporting."

Janine Tulloch – Finance Manager, Skyline Enterprises, Queenstown

"Four of my colleagues from our management team also attended and we all benefited from the course. We thought it was well presented and there was nothing scary about the concepts. I would definitely recommend it for people in management roles.”

John Etheridge – Operations Manager, The George Hotel, Christchurch

"Fifteen of our staff from across EPL attended the one day Colour Accounting course and achieved the goal of gaining a basic understanding of accounting principles, terminology and practices. This included everyone completing a valuable financial exercise that related specifically to our EPL business. I highly recommend this course to businesses who want to broaden the financial acumen of their staff."

Mark Field – CEO, Elastomer Products Ltd (ELP)

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In-house tailored workshops

We can work with you on a time and place to suit. Let us know what works for you and we'll see what we can do.

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Talk to someone about Colour Accounting

If you have any queries please contact us on 0800 863 693 or click the button to email us.