Business planning: turning the vision into reality

Course summary

This course deals with the practical aspects of business planning – those one to three year plans that show what you are actually going to do. You will use a range of proven tools and techniques to understand how to put together a compelling plan.

Starting from your organisation’s strategic position, we will look at the priorities and SMART objectives that turn the vision into reality. Keeping in mind the needs of your beneficiaries or target market, we will review the external environment and how you should respond with new structures, processes and programmes.

In these challenging times, we will examine the changes you want to bring about and choices you will have to make, whilst exploring the financial foundations that will underpin your ability to deliver. We will also look at risks and their management strategies.

Finally, we will consider the role of communication in setting expectations and implementing the plan.

LS, Jigsaw Visitors' Centre
"A good, informative course with a lot of learning tools to take away."
LO, Chain of Hope
"An excellent trainer and environment for training. The course was well structured and informative providing good resources and materials to be able to achieve objectives."
"I got a lot of helpful tips and templates from the course. The course felt relevant to my work. The useful advice has really helped me give input into developing my team level plan."

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course virtually for your organisation, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course.

  • There are no dates available at the moment.

During this one-day course you will cover:

  • where the business plan fits in the organisational planning horizon
  • the link with strategy – meeting the needs of customers, users and beneficiaries in a changing environment
  • understanding the ‘sweet spot’ where the idea, the people and the business case come together
  • making difficult choices
  • managing risks
  • the contents of a typical plan
  • communicating your plan
  • a year of free support

All our training courses are delivered virtually. The webinar systems used do not require software download.

This course is suitable for anyone involved in business and financial planning for their organisations. This includes Board members, Trustees, Chief Executives and Senior Management Teams across the third, public and private sectors.

The Centre works with people from all sectors including the public sector, voluntary sector, corporate sector and private sector.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

– identify the essential ingredients of a robust business plan to manage the operation
– link the business plan to the overall strategic plan of the organisation by focusing on priorities and outcomes
– communicate the plan
– assess the risks in the plan and put in place risk management strategies to combat them

Recognising that you may not get to use all this learning straightaway, the Centre offers a year of free post-course support.

We have a wide range of Management courses which may be of interest for further learning.

  • £589 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
  • £654 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)

Book this course

We have a two-tier pricing structure, offering discounted rates to charities and not-for-profit organisations: Not-for-profit price applies to charities and other not-for-profit organisations (including public sector and housing) Standard price applies to all other organisations

If you are requesting a charity discount, we will need your registered charity number

(if so please specify – please note, this information will be kept private and only used to ensure we can support your learning needs on the day(s) of the course)

(e.g. dietary, access, religious)

We will invoice you for your course and this will be sent via email within two working days. Once you have received your invoice, you can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque.

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