The “how to write a business plan” guide

There’s a wealth of online material available for those wanting guidance on how to write a business plan.

Here are some of the most useful guides to writing a business plan. It is worth reading each one and aggregating them; there are useful, practical points to be distilled from all of them.  They won’t provide you with passion, creativity and vision – that’s down to you – but if you sift this wisdom you will have the all-important structure of a killer business plan.

Here’s your first stop. From GOV.UK you will find links to templates and examples of business plans.

The main clearing banks provide detailed checklists and questionnaires to help you construct a business plan. This is the Barclays version. The Lloyds sample business plan provides illustrative text and HSBC asks a structured set of questions.

Writing a business plan is a vital discipline. But remember, as Bev Hurley remarks in her video on this website, it rarely survives contact with reality!