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Advice on writing business plans

Get advice about business plans, including what a business plan is and why you need one.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Why do you need a business plan?

If you're starting a business or considering diversifying your present business, you'll need to write a business plan. Most funding providers will request a comprehensive business plan when you apply for any business support type grants, so it's vital it has been written up correctly.

What is a business plan?​

A business plan is a summary of the business proposal and how the business will operate successfully. The business plan should consider:

  • Business objectives
  • Business concept
  • Market analysis
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
  • PEST analysis (Political, Economical, Social and Technological)
  • Marketing strategy
  • Risk assessment
  • Cash flow forecast
  • Profit and loss account

Providers of advice and templates​

  • Bpla​ns: Find the business plan from 500+ samples that best matches your business and use it as inspiration when writing your own. The website is full of advice, including articles and blogs.
  • Busine​​ Lots of free tips, samples, examples and tools for writing your own business plan.
  • Entrepren​​eur: A comprehensive guide to writing a business plan by US magazine Entrepreneur.
  • ​​GOV.U​​K: Download free business plan templates and find help and advice on how to write your business plan.​
  • HM Revenu​​​e & Customs: Information and support to help you handle your responsibilities to HMRC easily and effectively.
  • Prince's Trus​t: Download a free guide and templates. 
  • SmallBusi​​ Guides, videos and expert opinions on business plans.


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