Developing A Successful Business Plan

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 5 Conc £0 Full £5 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 1 MAC 01/12/2018 01/12/2018 NHB08
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 1 MAC 13/07/2019 13/07/2019 NHB25

What will the course cover?

This one-off session will cover the bare bones of what you need to know to start your own business – and what you will need to make it succeed. We will follow a step by step overview on how to write a business plan with a focus on expressing a solid and professional business view. You will be working on a business plan model that you can present to an investor or to be a guide to start or expand your business. From defining your business, product and brand to bringing your product or service to the Market to an exit plan you will understand what is necessary to cover every step of the way in your plan.

Who is the course for?

Whether you want to start-up a business or expand one that you are already running, this course will give you the skills to prepare a compelling and practical business plan to achieve your goals.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

An interest in understanding how small enterprises are set up and run effectively, or an idea for starting your own business.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Write your own business plan as a guide to start a business or to present it to investors. Structure and purpose; Defining your business; Product; Market analysis; Customer analysis; Competition; Branding and Marketing overview; Management and operations; Exit Plan; A brief overview of Financial Plan and forecast.

How is the course organised?

Group instruction. Lectures, discussions and opportunities to explore ideas and issues. This is a one day course. You will be taught by presentations, discussions and exercises. You will look at business plans samples and examples.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites. Working on business plans, researching other businesses, or using the web for research into business practice will all be helpful. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

Informal assessment with advice and guidance.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

You may want to enrol on a longer Start your own Business course to further explore the ideas and topics covered in this intensive workshop. Self employment or better management of your own business. Students may also wish to take a course in marketing basics, book-keeping/accounts, or look at developing computing skills (Word, Spreadsheets, Web Design) to help organise, promote and manage your business.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook and a file folder to store handouts. You may benefit from investing in a book for further research after this workshop. Some suggested texts are: Start Your Own Business – Entrepreneur Press (ISBN 1599186292) If you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: www.gov.uk/browse/business www.smallbusiness.co.uk www.greatbusiness.gov.uk www.syob.co.uk

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.