Business planning

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

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Business planning - overview

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

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Write a business plan - overview

A well-researched and written business plan is an essential tool. Discover how to structure and write a business plan and what information to include.

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Business strategy - overview

A business strategy will help you look at the bigger picture and plan your business' long-term future. Discover how to prepare a business strategy.

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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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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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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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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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Business plan layout

In this short YouTube video clip, Business Wales explains how to create and lay out a business plan.

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How I put together my start-up business plan

Writing a business plan forces you to consider many different issues, and this can help focus your thinking. Chris Wildman, director of Town End Farm Shop, tell us how he created his start-up business plan.

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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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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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Growing your business - checklist

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

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10 common start-up misconceptions

Some great ideas fail, while what appeared marginal businesses have enjoyed great success. So what mistaken beliefs do many new owners have?

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Benchmarking - checklist

Benchmarking provides a way to measure how effective your processes are, compared to competitors. Here's how to set up benchmarking in your business.

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Business plan template

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

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How I produced my marketing plan

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

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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: Strategy

Strategy simply means having a plan of action to get your business to where you want it to be. The key is to focus on what you're trying to achieve.