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Free business plan template

Before starting any business it’s important you have a business plan.

A business plan will help you to avoid common business mistakes and, among other things, force you to think about your finances, value proposition, marketing and staffing.

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Business plan template

Use this tool to structure your new business plan.

Sections in this template include:

  • Business strategy
  • Marketing
  • Team and management structure
  • SWOT and success factors
  • Market research and analysis
  • Financial budgets and forecasts

You may find your business plan requires extra, or fewer, sections depending on the type of business you are in and the intended audience.

You can also use this tool alongside other business plan samples you might have.

Download business plan template [DOC 42kb]



How to write a business plan

If this is your first business plan and you need a bit of help getting started try using the Quick Start Business Plan Tool.

The tool guides you through the main parts of the business plan and gives you expert advice on how to hone your business concept.

Some other tools and resources on our website that may help you when you are working on your business plan include:

  • Financial Forecasts - This online training module leads you through some key financial forecasting tools that will help you manage your business better and develop a more solid foundation to your business.
  • SWOT Analysis – This online training module helps you understand the internal and external influences that can affect the success of your business.

Learn more about preparing a business plan

Last updated 9 January 2015