All you need to know about writing a business plan, including guidance from ACCA, helpful examples of business plans and useful templates.
For finance providers a good business plan is essential, particularly for start-ups and new businesses where little other information is available.
Established businesses will also benefit from a good plan and it is often used as a benchmark to make sure the business is going in the right direction. There are a vast number of business plan formats, from the very simple to the hugely complex with several attached appendices. It is therefore important to establish the business plan's requirements and choose the most appropriate format.
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A business plan is only as good as the information used to compile it. It should be reviewed regularly to ensure it remains up to date.
As well as a business plan, good cashflow management is critical to running a successful business. You must be able to pay your bills while you await payment from your customers.
Good cashflow management has always been important, but in this financial climate it is critical. If you are to survive these challenging economic conditions you need to have a very firm grip on your cash; this is best achieved using a cashflow forecast.