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Business Planning

Business plans

business plan, planning, uk, strategic, Strategy ConsultingA business plan is necessary for three primary reasons:

  • It gives business owners a current assessment of the business as well as a roadmap for the future.

  • It helps a business grow, both organically and through outside funding.

  • It is essential to have an up to date business plan in order to secure financing, ranging from an overdraft facility or bank loan to venture capital funding.

    A business plan is a tool for decision making - remember this and remember who it is written for - then design it to suit.

    The business plan is a living document that should be continuously reviewed in light of the business environment and actual performance. This enables the directors to oversee business performance.

    When to use outside help

    For a business plan to be effective those who will have to implement it should own it. So, it cannot just be delegated to a consultant. But an experienced business facilitator can add value to the process, whilst ensuring that ownership is in-house.

    Objectives

    The objectives of the business plan are first to develop and communicate a plan of action that will achieve the company's strategic objective. Then to provide a means of monitoring progress towards that objective and of stimulating alternative action if the objective is unlikely to be met by the original plan. These cannot be achieved unless the plan defines the strategic objective and includes benchmarks or performance measures at key stages during the year.

    The planning process

    The planning process is a valuable and exciting exercise that can be a major contributor to team building and a means of developing ownership/commitment to the plan. Involve people, it should end up as "our plan" not "their plan imposed on us". There are various exercises that can be helpful in the planning process:

  • Analysis of current year financial results
  • SWOT analysis - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • MOST analysis
  • Brainstorming - for alternative scenarios, opportunities, strategies
  • Profit & Loss and Cash flow forecasts

    If the company provides different services or operates in different niche markets these exercises should be checked for each.

    Find out more

    We don't know when you will start your business planning process, whether you would just like to learn more about how we can help you or about our consultancy. You could contact us now.

    Or, of course, you could do nothing.

    The choice is yours.


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    Strategy Consulting Limited
    Tel: 0845 8380936
    Email: strategy@nildram.co.uk
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