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Be prepared, be successful


A business plan is a document to help you develop, grow and manage your business. 

Usually consisting of multiple sections that outline current and projected performance measures for your enterprise, a business plan acts like a compass for the direction in which you want to take your company. 

Having a structured set of targets and steps will help you develop your business as you will have certain milestones and goals to aim for.

Business plans are also important if you are looking to get loans or funding. Any creditor is going to want to see what your strategies for the future to can see if they are investing in a strong prospect. 

Having a solid business plan will show them that you are serious about making your organisation succeed and that you have a clear path laid ahead.

We offer a range of resources and workshops whatever stage you are at in your business planning journey, whether you’re looking to start up and need an initial plan or you want a plan to take your business to the next level of growth.

Looking to start up?

Come along to Startup Saturday, a fun and interactive one-day course covering all of the essentials you need including the 5 points to include in a business plan and the things everyone must do such as registering the company and protecting your brand.

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How do I get started on my business plan?

Identifying your proposition, market, competition and everything in between is vital for a successful business plan. School for Startups founder and Business & IP Centre Ambassador can help you answer the 10 essential questions you need to know when writing your business plan.

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Are you ready?

You think you know what you’re doing but have you made an honest assessment of how prepared you are in dealing with issues like tax and National Insurance, finding premises or applying for funding? Our workshop with CENTA can help you meet your legal and tax obligations as well as find the right banking solutions to improve the way you manage your cash flow.

Get Ready for Business

You think you’ve got a great idea but does anyone else?

Lean Start-Up is based on the principle of getting customer feedback from the earliest stage of the development process. It helps to ensure that entrepreneurs don’t waste time and money designing features that customers do not want.

Learn more about Lean Start-Up

Databases and resources

Not only do we have lots of great practical advice and workshops, but our databases and resources also have lots of business planning templates that can help you structure your business plan to make sure you don’t miss anything.

See our full list of resources

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Contact us

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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