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Prepare a business plan

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What does this involve?

Whether you are starting up or growing your business, writing a business plan is an important first step. You can use it to set out your objectives and measure success. And banks and potential investors will make decisions about financing your business based on the strength of your plan. Business Gateway’s guide to preparing a business plan covers:

  • the benefits of a business plan
  • what to include
  • how to present your plan
  • the purpose of the executive summary
  • your vision for your business
  • marketing and sales questions to consider
  • financial forecasts to include

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

Who is this for?

The business plan guide is for:

  • anyone wanting to start a business, especially if you need funding
  • existing business owners who are seeking help or wish to clarify objectives

How long does this take?

Take 11 minutes to read the Business Gateway guide to preparing a business plan.

Important information

Use the guide in tandem with our business plan template, which sets out how best to complete each section.

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway website for more advice on how to prepare a business plan.

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