It is essential to have a realistic, working business plan when you're starting up a business.
A business plan is a written document that describes your business and:
- its objectives
- its strategies
- the market it is in
- its financial forecasts
It has many functions, from securing external funding to measuring success within your business.
This guide will show you how to prepare a high-quality plan using a number of easy-to-follow steps, including what a business plan should include, your business markets and competitors and marketing and sales. There is also a downloadable business plan template.
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Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.
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- Write a business plan: step-by-step