Business planning

It might be a cliché, but it remains true – planning without action is futile, while action without planning is fatal. You need a business plan.

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Business planning - overview

It might be a cliché, but it remains true - planning without action is futile, while action without planning is fatal. You need a business plan.

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Write a business plan - overview

A well-researched and written business plan is an essential tool. And its benefits go far beyond its role of enabling you to attract funding.

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Business strategy - overview

If you are starting a new business or running a new start-up, it's easy to get caught up in dealing with day-to-day issues.

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Writing a business plan

A business plan outlines your strategy - from the market you operate in to your staff and marketing activities. Our guide to writing a great plan.

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Q&A: Business plan basics

A key task when starting up is drawing up a sound business plan that outlines your idea, strategy for achieving your aims and other key information.

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Business plan layout

In this short YouTube video clip, Andrew Millet of Wisteria Chartered Accountants explains how to create and lay out a business plan.

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10 steps to... Growing your business

Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These 10 steps will lead you in the right direction.

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Start-up business plan: Top 10 tips

Writing a business plan can seem daunting if you've never done it before but you can't afford to put it off. Here's how to get it right.

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Business plan template

These free business plan tools can help you think about your business ideas and get a plan together. Download free templates.

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How I produced my marketing plan

Jake Xu of creative design and brand communications agency Xcetra Media explains the benefits of planning your approach to marketing.

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Start up business jargon buster

No-nonsense jargon buster explaining many of the key start-up words and terms you might come across when starting, forming and running your business.

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How to start a part-time business

Part-time businesses are booming. According to research, 20% of UK adults use their spare time to grow a new business or earn extra income.

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Q&A: Sales forecasting

Sales forecasting is key to cash flow control, but it can be difficult for new businesses, because they don't have any past sales figures to go on.

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Q&A: Key performance indicators

Emma Warren of business development services provider Portfolio Directors explains how key performance indicators can help small businesses.

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