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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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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How to write a business plan

Business planning: Clarify the purpose of the plan, and whether it will need to 'sell' your business to outsiders such as potential investors.

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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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How to prepare a marketing plan

From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.

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How to do a SWOT analysis

Use this checklist to help carry out a SWOT analysis, from identifying participants to discussing the points raised and creating an action plan.

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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.