Business planning

Writing a business plan can seem like a daunting task, and it can be easily overlooked when you know your product or service inside-out. It is, however, a crucial part of developing not only your business idea, but defining your objectives and keeping you on-track.

A solid business plan is also a necessity for acquiring most forms of funding or investment. A business plan is your road map to success, and once you get started you will realise that putting it together is not as difficult as it seems. This preparation will help you to avoid future pitfalls, ultimately saving you time and money.

How we can help

You’ve got your business idea but what are the next steps? We can help by providing practical advice on how to write a business plan; we’ll even provide you with a workable business plan template and step-by-step guidance at our one-day workshop.

Designed to support potential and new entrepreneurs, our in-depth, interactive business planning and finance workshop will help you to create and develop robust, investment-ready business plans and financial forecasts.

Facilitated and delivered by our start-up experts, the workshop consists of key sessions where you’ll be able to:

•    Create a robust business plan
•    Understand the key elements of branding and marketing
•    Clarify sources of start-up finance and application support
•    Learn how to manage cash flow, profit and loss and bookkeeping
•    Understand how to create sales projections
•    Discuss your start up business goals with like-minded people in a supportive environment
•    Gain access to business planning templates that will tick the right boxes with investors and lenders

You'll also receive one-to-one follow up support which will review your business plans as well as provide help with any start-up loan applications.


Our one-day business planning and finance workshop costs £40.00 to attend and includes a free follow up meeting with a start-up business adviser.

How to get started

We have a range of business planning and finance workshops available throughout the South West, simply find a workshop near you and book your place today!

  • Take your business to the next level

    Book your place on our business planning and finance workshop today to access all the advice and support you need to succeed.

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