August 20th, 2013. Ben Lloyd
Why you need to review your business plan to expand your business
As a business you should be constantly looking to advance your current position and expand your business. There will be many chances to make improvements, however it is impossible to take them all, you need to ensure that the company’s best interests are put first.
Your business plan should highlight the mission statement and predictions of where your organisation will be in ‘x’ amount of years and how to find fresh cash flow. The importance of reviewing and making changes to your business plan cannot be stressed enough. As your business adapts and develops the predictions will also see great changes.
Revamping your business plan
Your business plan is designed to help control the direction your business steps in and how it takes shape; if you’re not updating it as your business develops then it loses its purpose. The markets change, new technologies are brought in and you might have to take a different approach to business. There’s no point investing time and money into something that won’t help to grow your company, and your business plan should reflect this.
Planning for the future
When reviewing your plan you need to stay realistic, you’re not going to go from one shop to a nationwide network in the space of 4 months. Look at your previous accounts and see how they match the predictions you made – you can base your new predictions on past performance combined with your expectations for growth and the current economic climate.
How do they help?
A formal business plan should work to help you make smart decisions that let you find fresh cash flow to expand the company. It may not be possible to capture all the unknown circumstances that may arise when building up your business, but it will give you a good understanding as to what has worked for you in the past, the amount of money you should be using for certain projects and the direction the business should be taking.
People are important
When planning the structure of your organisation you need to include your workforce. People are your biggest assets and they can be vital to your future. If you have a good workforce they will be able to take you from strength to strength, letting you explore new markets and expand your business through hard work and experience. As a result you should factor in all your essential long term members of staff.
Plan and expand
Once you’ve reviewed your business plan you can accurately calculate the risks involved in growing your company. You can then find fresh cash flow to inject into developing your company into new markets and building new projects. When it comes to sitting down and planning the future of your business you should take a creative approach to it, trying to figure out what areas will be the best investments and where you would end up losing money. Don’t forget to keep measuring your business performance to ensure that you’re new venture is successful, comparing facts to predictions will let you make adjustments as you expand.
Why not get in touch today to discuss your finance options to take your business to the next step?
Article By Ben Lloyd
August 20th, 2013
Ben is the Director and Co-Founder of the Pure Group and Managing Director of Pure Property Finance.
Following a career in Barclays, where Ben was in the real estate finance team for 8 years, he decided that the market needed a more forward-thinking type of commercial brokerage so founded Pure Commercial Finance (now Pure Property Finance), the first company within the Pure Group.
Ben has extensive experience across the real estate sector and has participated in over £2bn of real estate transactions during the course of his career.
Ben oversees the general strategy at Pure Group and works with the senior leadership team to drive the Group forward. Ben is also on the Executive Committee of FIBA.See more articles by Ben