The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Series
Pearson
Author
Vaughan Evans  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
296
Pub.-date
October 2015
ISBN13
9781292085142
ISBN
1292085142


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Whether you seek financial backing or board consent, this bestseller gives you the critical knowledge you need to get the go-ahead. Written by a seasoned practitioner with years of experience in both writing & evaluating business plans for funding, you'll formulate a coherent, consistent & convincing plan with your backer’s needs in mind. Follow its guidance and your plan will have every chance of winning the backing you need.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

 

Part 1: Preparing your plan

 

Chapter 1 - Essential preparation

Result

Need

Preparation

Plans for SMEs

 

Part 2: Writing your plan

 

Chapter 2 - The business

Background

Business mix by segment

Segmentation in a start-up

 

Chapter 3 - Market demand

Market size

Market growth

Market demand for a start-up

Market demand risks and opportunities

 

Chapter 4 - Competition

Your competitors

Competitive intensity

Competition in a start-up

Industry competition risks and opportunities

 

Chapter 5 - Strategy

Competitive position

Strategy

Strategy in a start-up

Strategic risks and opportunities

 

Chapter 6 - Resources

Management

Marketing

Operations and capital expenditure

Resource risks and opportunities

 

Chapter 7 - Financials and forecasts

Historic financials

Market-driven sales forecasts

Competition-driven margin forecasts

Funding the plan

Full financial forecasts

Forecasts in a start-up

Financial risks and opportunities

 

Chapter 8  - Risk, opportunity and sensitivity

Meet the Suns and Clouds chart

What the suns and clouds tell you

Sensitivity testing

 

Chapter 9 - Conclusion

Conclusion

Executive summary

Investment highlights

 

Part 3: Using your plan

 

 

Chapter 10 - Pitching your plan

Focusing the content

Using PowerPoint

Delivering the message

 

Chapter 11 - Setting targets

Choosing key performance indicators

Setting milestones

 

Chapter 12 - Performing to plan

Monitoring your plan

Appraising managerial performance

Evaluating your plan

 

Epilogue: Beware these characters!

 

Appendices

Appendix A: Deriving competitive position

Appendix B: Structured interviewing of customers

Appendix C: An example business plan

Appendix D: Further reading

 

Index

 

Back Cover

‘At last! A book that explains how to write the kind of business plan that investors and lenders actually want to read. A clear and concise book – I haven’t seen one that approaches the subject so straightforwardly. Evans uses his vast experience in advising real companies and financiers to make this guide authoritative and authentic, yet also practical and easy to follow.’

James Courtenay, Head of Global Corporates, Standard Chartered Bank

 

'Vaughan Evans' excellent book shines a light on what suppliers of capital expect in a business plan and why. It is an invaluable resource for all managers and budding entrepreneurs.'

Hugh Lenon, Managing Partner, Phoenix Equity Partners, and former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association

 

'Evans has nailed it! Clear, readable, no-nonsense thinking about the fundamentals every business plan must address. If writing a business plan is your next step, this book's for you.'
John Mullins, Professor at London Business School and author of The New Business Road Test

 

 

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BUSINESS PLANNING

 

Whether you seek financial backing or board consent, The Financial Times Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan will give you the critical knowledge you need to get the go-ahead. By focusing clearly on your objective, it will help you to gather the necessary evidence and address all your backer’s concerns.

 

This brand new edition draws out the specific challenges faced by start-ups, particularly on pinning down your perceived market niche and determining your competitive advantage. There are new chapters on pitching the plan and performing against the plan, using key performance indicators and milestones. Finally new appendices outline alternative sources of funding and display an example business plan from start to finish.

 

Written by a seasoned practitioner with years of experience in both writing and evaluating business plans for funding, it will help you formulate a coherent, consistent and convincing plan with your backer’s needs in mind. Follow its guidance and your plan will have every chance of winning the backing you need for your business to succeed.

 

 

FINANCIAL TIMES ESSENTIAL GUIDES: THE KNOW-HOW YOU NEED TO GET THE RESULTS YOU WANT