The information you submit via our enquiry form is shared only with the franchise business(es) that you have selected.

The franchise business will contact you by means of email and/ or telephone only to the email address and phone number you have provided.

By submitting the enquiry form you are consenting to send your personal information to the selected franchise business.

You also agree to receive further newsletter email marketing from What Franchise.

Close

Why the key to growth is a strong business plan

Why the key to growth is a strong business plan

A workable and detailed business plan tailored to your goals is a must

For any business to grow, investment is usually required, not only in terms of time and effort, but in the majority of cases significant financial investment too. Often, the required investment is greater than can be managed within the business and this is when commercial backing becomes necessary.

Securing appropriate funding is a key part of successful expansion. A balance needs to be struck between the need for borrowing and the income likely to be generated to provide your products/services. For any form of growth, risk should be mitigated through analysis and proper planning to protect both the business and its customers long term.

Securing the best deal

An independent funding sourcing organisation that has relationships with all the main banks, satellite lenders and funding circles is your best option, as it will be able to secure the best deal possible.

A funding sourcing organisation will initially undertake a viability check prior to approaching any lenders in order to assess the likelihood of securing borrowing. It will look at an individual or company’s background, assets and liabilities and the business idea.

It’s crucial to provide accurate information to ensure a realistic evaluation and assessment. Armed with this information, a funding sourcing organisation can select the most appropriate lender to potentially back the project.

Detailed business plan

To secure any business borrowing, a detailed business plan is usually necessary, setting out goals for the future and the strategy for how you’re going to reach these objectives. It will also need to include information on cash flow, budgets and projections, as well as an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Business plans should be realistic and achievable, using existing financial records to help with forecasting. They should detail milestones and set out a clear road map, indicating thresholds when, for example, additional staff can be taken on or when the business can afford to expand further.

Focus on the figures

The starting point with any business expansion plan is the analysis of existing figures. So step one of the process is to ensure your accounts are up to date.

Key performance indicators are an essential part of business planning. Monthly turnover, cost of sales and gross profit are the most important KPIs, as at a glance you get a good idea of how a business is performing at a high level.

There will be some more specific metrics that are tracked behind these, which might include variable and fixed costs such as staffing, training, recruitment, heating, cleaning and marketing.

Tracking back KPIs helps with planning. Consider a target of increasing customers by 30 per cent. Work back and isolate what can directly affect the goal and then you can monitor these metrics: 30 per cent growth equals 20 more customers equals five more staff, 10 more items of equipment, etc.

The same logic can be applied to your marketing. How many leaflets and adverts are needed to create X number of enquiries, which ultimately become X number of customers?

So whether you’re starting out, looking to grow or run an existing business, raising finance requires a workable and detailed plan tailored to your goals. This will help you source funding from the most suitable lender. Using an independent funding expert will help you shop around and secure the best deal for carefully managed expansion.

The author

Carl Reader is chairman of business advisory firm d&t

Exciting Franchise Opportunities

HOODZ logo

Start your own HOODZ franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

£200,000

Request Free Information
Find Out More
HOODZ logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to HOODZ for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Monterey Jack’s logo

Start your own Monterey Jack’s franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

N/A

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Monterey Jack’s logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Monterey Jack’s for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Right at Home UK logo

Start your own Right at Home UK franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

£400,000

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Right at Home UK logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Right at Home UK for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Co-op logo

Start your own Co-op franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

AOR

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Co-op logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Co-op for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
 Drain Doctor logo

Start your own Drain Doctor franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

N/A

Request Free Information
Find Out More
 Drain Doctor logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Drain Doctor for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
View all opportunities

What Franchise Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the industry news

Thank you, your sign up was successful. Please check your emails for a verification link.