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Business Planning - Action Plan

The Action Plan should include timelines (commonly known as Critical path analysis) indicating what is going to happen, when, and who will be responsible for the action. For example, renting new premises, refurbishing the premises, recruiting new staff, buying equipment and marketing your services can't…

Business Planning - Aims and Objectives

This short section, usually not more than a single page, sets out your overall aims and more detailed objectives. The relationship between the two is that to achieve your aims, you must first achieve your various objectives. For instance, your aim might be: 'To offer…

Business Planning - Appendices

An appendix is simply a document, attached to a business plan, which offers additional, more detailed information to that given in the body of the plan. Be careful, though, how many appendices you attach to your plan. Too few will leave the reader with unanswered…

Business Planning - Background

It's useful to set the scene for the business plan by describing what your project/business is now, perhaps, or who you are, what your experience is and why you want to do what you are proposing. Don't go into too much detail here on future…

Business Planning - Competitors

As mentioned elsewhere, you will need to report on your competitors - that is, existing projects or those planning to run similar services to yours. Your chances of success will be greater if your project will be significantly different from existing ones, or if you…

Business Planning - Executive summary

The executive summary is usually contained on a single sheet of paper at the front of your business plan – it summarises what you intend to do, plus why, when and how. It should also be interesting enough to draw the reader in! But as…

Business Planning - Finance

This part of your business plan is one of the most important - many lenders and grant-givers will read the executive summary and then turn straight to the finances. They know all too well that any organisation whose figures don't add up is destined to…

Business Planning - Managing risk

It's a good idea to include a risk assessment either in your business plan or as an appendix. A risk assessment simply sets out how you will deal with things that might go wrong. For example, if you want to offer services for children aged…

Business Planning - Promotion and Publicity

A question for you: how are you going to get people to purchase, or to sign up for, what you're offering? Whether you're a private or voluntary provider, you'll have a certain set of customers you want to attract, and you need to set out…

Business Planning - Research

This section of your business plan is one of the most important - it's where you need to demonstrate the need or demand for your new services. This might include statistical information such as the growth in population and live births, the increasing number of…

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