How do you write a business plan? Ask the expert

I am thinking about purchasing a franchise, but have never run my own business before, how do I draw up an effective business plan?

The business plan is a critical stage; not only for you to understand your own business, but to gain finance from the bank, if required. There are basically three routes. The first is to do your own research. There are
a number of business resources which help with this area, but it is not going to be specific to franchising. The second is to speak to the franchisor. Some have put together guides and templates which can be
used to build the final plan. The third is to speak to one of the banks who have specialist franchising departments (Lloyds TSB, HSBC & NatWest RBS). All three can help advise with this and may even be able to
provide a pack for you to work from.

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  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    The company I work for are making 2 guys redundant, and replacing them with one higher calibre person to do the same jobs. When I said I could not manage without them I was told this, "but keep it hush hush". I feel a right heel.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This article has some useful information, but what often gets forgotten is the effect on the family and how to tell the children what is happening – there are some more useful tips on coping with redundancy at

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have been made redundant. The company taking over us have broken all the rules of good business practice. We are currently suing. This is a very difficult time for us all. Fearful for our futures, we endeavour onwards with the hope that we will be treated fairly at SOME POINT!!!

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