Putting together a business plan



You’ve got an idea for a social venture you want to start. Now it’s time to start planning how you’re going to get it started.

A business plan isn’t necessarily just for businesses. Whatever kind of project you want to set up, it’s good practice to put one together so that your project has some direction from the start.

Here are some documents and templates to help you with this next step.

Drafting a business plan

This quick guide gives you a run-down of what should be included in a business plan.

Read it here.


Alongside one of our partners, The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), we created several templates to help you as you plan out your venture.

These template documents can be downloaded and completed as a guide as you start putting together your business plan.

Business Plan Template

How do you describe your venture and lay out your strategy?

Business Plan Template:     PDF     Doc

PESTLE Analysis

The PESTLE Analysis helps you to think about the following areas and how they affect your venture: Political, Economic, Social, Technical, Legal, and Environmental.


Skills Audit

The Skills Audit help you to think about what skills are available to you and your organisation and which ones you will need.

Skills Audit:     PDF     Doc

SWOT Analysis

The SWOT Analysis helps you to think about what’s working well and what could be improved. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

SWOT Analysis:     PDF     Doc


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