Business Plan

The Business Plan small business archive.

Running a Business

Running your small business – essential guide

You will always face challenges, but by following these steps, you can face those challenges with confidence and crack on with what you do best: growing your business

Business management

How to write a business plan

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Business Ideas & Planning

Planuary: How to create a business plan in four weeks

In this piece, Tim Sawyer presents a four-week business plan to help your small business get started.

Business Ideas & Planning

Top tips for writing the perfect business plan

In this piece, we provide essential pointers on how to write the perfect business plan to help your company succeed.

Business Ideas & Planning

How to get more from your business plan

Is your business plan gathering dust in a draw somewhere? Here’s why it’s time to adopt a fresh approach that will inject new life into your enterprise

Business Ideas & Planning

Example business plans

Where can I find an example of a business plan?

Business management

Eight elements that need to be in your business plan

A business plan is vital for business creation. If you are struggling to write your business plan, we have eight handy tips to help you on your way.


Small companies fail to see value in having business plan

As many as 29 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises don't have a business plan in place, research finds.


Small companies losing out on profit by not having business plan

Small enterprises that had a business plan in place last year were consistently more profitable than those that did not, research finds.

Business Ideas & Planning

Business plan creation advice and tips

Michael Lister, managing partner at MLP Solicitors, is often approached for advice by the owners of new and growing businesses seeking funding from their bank. Here are his top tips for creating the perfect business plan.

Business Ideas & Planning

Business plan advice

Dr Simon Mosey, head of Institute for Enterprise and Innovation at Nottingham University Business School, offers some business planning wisdom for SmallBusiness.co.uk readers.

Business Ideas & Planning

Writing a business plan: the basics

It's not just Dragons’ Den contestants who need to demonstrate a credible product idea before getting a grilling. Here Alan Gleeson, manager of Palo Alto Software, gives his top ten tips on how to create a winning business plan.

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free

Finding and selling to customers

How Amazon Ads is supporting entrepreneurs

Digital ad campaigns aren't just for big businesses. Here's why you should be considering it...