Business Planning Basics

In this 2 hour course our Senior Advisor, Steve Place, will give you ideas and tools to help develop a plan and go away with an action plan for next steps.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

(Alice in Wonderland)

All of us can get so tied up with the ‘day job’ that we can very easily forget why and what we are supposed to be doing the day job for. We can also not look up and around enough and so miss the big picture and forget where we are supposed to be heading. As someone said you can sometimes get to the top of your ladder only to find out it’s against the wrong wall! Those outside your organisation may also want to see that you have a clear road map, particularly if they are thinking about putting some funding in.

A Strategic Plan (or Business Plan) helps you think through all aspects of your organisation and plan for the future. It helps you get an overview of your organisation to help everyone in it (trustees, volunteers, staff) better understand what you are doing, why and how, as well as how you will develop over the next few years. It is also a useful tool for presenting yourself to funders and supporters.

It can be a one pager or 20, as long as it cleverly sets out where you want to get to in the next few years and your priorities. In this 2 hour course our Senior Advisor, Steve Place, will give you ideas and tools to help develop a plan and decide if it is fit for purpose. You will go away with these and an action plan to help your organisation to be better prepared for the future, however uncertain! This course is useful for anyone who wants a better understanding about the value of a strategic plan and how to start going about it.

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When attending training at Beech House, off-street parking is available at Poole Stadium (BH15 2BP) and Serpentine Lane (BH15 2BQ). Please note charges apply.

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This training session will take place at Beech House in the Boardroom on the Ground Floor. Please attend the Wimborne Road entrance and press the intercom for ‘CAN’ to enter the building.

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