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It is essential to have a realistic, working business plan when you’re starting a new enterprise or developing an existing business. A business plan is a written document that describes your businesses objectives, its strategies, the market it is in and its financial forecasts. It has many functions, from securing external funding to measuring success within your business.

The audience for your business plan

There are many benefits to creating and managing a realistic business plan.

Even if you just use it in-house, it can:

• help you spot potential pitfalls before they happen
• structure the financial side of your business efficiently
• focus your efforts on developing your business
• work as a measure of your success

You should also bear in mind that a business plan is a living document that will help you monitor your performance and stay on track and will therefore need updating and changing as your business grows. Regardless of whether you intend to use your plan internally, or as a document for external people, it should still take an objective and honest look at your business. Failing to do this could mean that you and others have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved and when.

What a business plan should include

• An executive summary - this is an overview of the business you want to start. It is vital.
• A short description of the business opportunity - who you are, what you plan to sell and to whom.
• Your marketing and sales strategy - why you think people will buy from you, what you want to sell and how you plan to sell to them.
• You and your team - your credentials and the people you plan to recruit to work with you.
• Your operations - your premises, production facilities, your management information systems and IT.
• Financial forecasts - this section translates everything you have said in the previous sections into numbers.

Presenting your business plan

To make sure your business plan has maximum impact, there are a number of points to observe.

Keep the plan short - it’s more likely to be read if it’s a manageable length. Think about the presentation and keep it professional.

Tips for presenting your plan

• Use plain language so anyone can understand it – avoid jargon!
• Edit the plan carefully - get at least two people to read it and check that it makes sense.
• Ensure you use email-friendly formatting – word or pdf
• Include a cover and a contents page

Business plan template

The time spent is an investment which will pay dividends in the long term. Use the template below to get started.

Business Plan Template

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Smith Brothers marks new chapter of growth with appointment of MD

Thursday 19 October 2017

High voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Nick Gudgeon, as it looks to further its stake in the independent connections provider (ICP) market. Founded in 1999 by brothers Richard and John Smith, the West Yorkshire power contractor has grown significantly within the renewables, commercial and industrial connections markets in recent years – sustaining its £26m turnover this year end (July 2017). And with sights set on £40m turnover for the 2017-18 period Nick’s appointment is set to help facilitate further expansion for the firm. With more than 20 years’ experience in the electricity supply industry, he joins as the power contractor’s new managing director, with founders Richard and John moving into the roles of joint chairmen. Previously director of project management and engineering at renewables giant Lightsource, Nick brings with him a wealth of technical, operational and strategic knowledge. His strong background additionally includes consultancy and managerial roles with such industry-renowned names as Fichtner Consulting Engineers and Nordex UK where he oversaw wind, solar, biomass and waste to energy connections throughout the UK. In his new role Nick will be responsible for the overall development of the business, working to build and maintain robust relationships and helping to further cement Smith Brothers’ presence as the UK’s go-to ICP. Commenting on Nick’s appointment, John Smith said: “Nick joining as MD comes at an excellent time for the business. After a year of consolidation and with plans to achieve a 50% uplift in sales in the year ahead, the firm is ready to enter a new chapter of growth. “We were never going to hand over the reins to someone we didn’t know or trust to take the business on the path we set it on, and Richard and I will still be overseeing things on-site from our roles as chairmen. However, having worked with Nick on a number of projects over the past few years, we are confident that with his vast managerial and technical experience – not to mention an excellent team alongside him – he is the right person to take the company forward.” In addition to his technical expertise, Nick has built excellent links throughout his career with funders, DNOs, ICPs and the supply chain and developer community, which will prove invaluable to Smith Brothers’ ongoing market progression. He also resides on several high-profile panels, regularly engaging with Energy Networks Association, OFGEM, UK DNOs, Lloyds and trade association members. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity this role presents to help Smith Brothers advance even further,” said Nick. “Having worked with the team over the past three years, I’ve seen how much they’ve grown in that short amount of time and I know that by sharpening up certain aspects, there’s no reason we can’t continue to surpass expectations moving forwards. “Developing strong relationships is at the heart of any successful business and I’ll be focusing on building these with clients old and new, small works customers in the industrial and utility sectors and – of course – the whole of the Smith Brothers team. It’s a promising time for the ICP market, so a key priority for us will be to further cement our presence within it.”
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Double Delight for TH Electrical

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Double Delight for TH Electrical which sees them shortlisted for two upcoming awards. The first awards evening is taking place on Thursday 26th October at The Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington, London. This awards evening is for the Electrical Times, where Dominic Bramley, second year apprentice for TH Electrical will hopefully swoop in and claim the 'Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2017' for all his hard work and dedication to the role. On Wednesday 1st November, owner Thomas Hall, will commute to The Grand Connaught Rooms in London for the Black Tie event which will hopefully see TH Electrical be selected as 'Sole Trader of the Year' in the Small Business Awards 2017. Speaking ahead of the awards, Thomas quoted ' It would be amazing for both Dominic and I to claim the awards we are shortlisted for. Its been a fantastic year for the company which has grown strength to strength and winning these awards would be the icing on the cake for us and one we would be shouting from the rooftops if we won. We are small company in comparison, however coming from a highly regarded reputation and being NICEIC approved, we are definitely a successful. trustworthy and honest Electrical Contractor looking after West Yorkshire.' Good Luck!
Posted by TH Electrical
Roots and routes the key themes at Huddersfield’s inaugural Design Conference

Wednesday 11 October 2017

180 creative practitioners, students and enthusiasts gathered at Bates Mill in Huddersfield last week for the town’s first Design Conference. Organised by Wilson’s Republic, the inaugural event brought together a number of high profile speakers, many of whom grew up in the Huddersfield district. And those roots proved a popular theme throughout the packed day of seminars and workshops. Headline guest James Sommerville stole the show with an honest insight into his journey from an ambitious young punk from Paddock, to the founder of world-renowned design agency Attik and now Vice President of Global Design for the Coca Cola Company, based in Atlanta. Like the creator of Coca Cola John Pemberton, James shared how he found success almost by accident – in his case because he couldn’t get a job. This led him and a friend to set up by themselves in James’ grandmother’s loft. Like Coca Cola, Attik’s ambition was to do things that would capture attention and disrupt the market, and both are now iconic brands within their respective fields. Other highlights included a two-part presentation by John Lee, who told his story from a Colne Valley High schoolboy to model maker for the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi film. He spoke openly about the lack of careers guidance available as a youngster wanting to get into the seemingly unattainable world of special effects, but with passion, self-motivated research and a vast amount of hard work with another local friend, they went on to realise their childhood ambitions. Huddersfield-based photographer Christopher Nunn shared a powerful account of his image-led documentation of the Donbass war in Ukraine – the country of his mother’s roots. Craig Oldham, from Barnsley, illustrated the often-overlooked use of creative expression from the opposite worlds of the professional football field and the front line of the miners’ strikes – again something close to Craig’s own roots. And Eve Warren from Robot Food stressed that a designer’s roots – and career progression – needn’t be London centric, especially given the movement going on in the North. Commenting on the very different presentations, the Design Conference’s co-founder Darren Evans said: “I think the audience were particularly inspired by the honesty within all of the talks, which is perhaps another Yorkshire trait. James Sommerville encouraged delegates to consider potential ‘failures’ as simply stepping stones, for example, and urged people not to always worry about completely reinventing designs in favour of making refinements to preserve legacy and evolve a concept. “There was also a great deal of talk about collaboration – commonplace in Huddersfield, as evidenced by the expansion of the Wilson’s Republic design network over the past two years,” continued fellow event co-founder Aidan Nolan. “The design community’s sharing of ideas and knowledge is ultimately what is driving the prolific reputation of the creative sector in this region. The talent hub here is rich and people are recognising it. And, the number of filled chairs in the room last week, and speakers’ eagerness to contribute, really evidences this.” Numerous other workshops were delivered on the day by The Engine Room, Crowther Chartered Accountants, the Intellectual Property Office and Foilco. The Design Conference looks set to return to Huddersfield in 2019.
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Smith Brothers powers up the UK’s biggest battery

Thursday 05 October 2017

Power engineering specialist Smith Brothers has contributed its high voltage expertise to powering up the UK’s largest standalone battery storage site. Acting as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) for the 15MW Lockleaze Fast Frequency Response (FFR) facility in Bristol, the Elland-based firm was enlisted by contractor Metka-EGN to carry out the high voltage electrical connections and substation construction. Commissioned by clean energy giant Hazel Capital in partnership with Noriker Power, the prestigious project was developed by renewables experts Aura Power and is expected to set a new precedent for battery generation export capacity in the UK energy sector. As part of the contract, Smith Brothers was tasked with the design, project management and delivery of the 33kV infrastructural connection to the battery storage facility. The point of connection (POC) was close to the site at the existing Western Power Distribution (WPD) Lockleaze BSP 132/33kV substation, and the firm carried out 80m of trenching works to install three single core 33kV 185mm2 CU EPR cables. The 12-strong team was also responsible for the civil design and construction of the 33kV Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) substation for WPD, along with the design, supply, install and commission of the HV internal equipment – including a 2-panel NXPlus Siemens switchboard. Further to undertaking the contestable works as the ICP, the electrical engineering firm also provided a containerised solution on the private side of the project. This involved fitting a nine-panel switchboard as well as installing and commissioning the interconnecting cables between the private and DNO sides. Smith Brothers had to overcome significant challenges posed by strict timescales, but by quickly sourcing alternative solutions, they managed to complete the work in advance of the deadline. Commenting on the assignment success, project manager Iliana Malatra said: “Thanks to the ongoing effort, dedication and solution-focused attitude of our team – as well as the excellent cooperation from all other parties involved in the project – we didn’t just hit our target, but actually delivered the ICP works two weeks early.” Working on high voltage assignments across the renewables, commercial and industrial, water treatment and capacity management sectors, Smith Brothers specialises in providing turnkey services for large-scale and complex electrical engineering projects. Developers and contractors with similar project requirements should contact Smith Brothers’ business development manager Danielle Tile for further information.
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James Sommerville set to headline Huddersfield’s first Design Conference

Friday 29 September 2017

He began his career as a street artist, before going on to co-found and sell what became the globally-recognised design studio ATTIK. And now James Sommerville – currently Vice President of Global Design for the Coca Cola Company – is returning to his Huddersfield roots to headline the first ever Design Conference to be held in the town. Set to deliver his keynote speech via live video link from his Atlanta base, James will talk to 200 delegates about his astonishing career both in the UK and overseas. He will speak openly about his journey from chalking pavements in Britain, to establishing ATTIK using Margaret Thatcher’s £40 weekly Enterprise Allowance. Event attendees will also hear about some of his acclaimed work for famous brands including Sony, Heineken and Schweppes, as well as the reasons why he still champions Yorkshire design, despite living on the other side of the Atlantic. James is the latest in a series of heavyweight names to be added to the line-up for this inaugural North of England event. Set to take place in Huddersfield on Thursday 5 October, The Design Conference will also welcome Huddersfield-born John Lee – a celebrated prop and model maker who has spent 34 years in the film industry. Having begun his professional design journey working on The Wind in the Willows, he has gone on to be involved in blockbusters including Aliens, Casino Royale and the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He is also a frequent lecturer at The National Film and Television School. John will be joined by Tom Foley, Creative Director of international typography specialist Dalton Maag, who has recently hit the headlines for designing the new BBC Sport ‘Leith’ font. As well as taking to the stage to talk about the performance of typefaces across different print and digital environments, Tom will also be leading a 2-hour logo refinement workshop on the day. Eve Warren, an established designer from Robot Food who is known for her colourful and expressive creativity, is also on the programme. Eve has worked with pioneering brands including The Marshmallowist and Hanami, and was also involved in developing the identity for Europe’s first dedicated arts and wellbeing island Obonjan. The conference additionally features Craig Oldham. Founder of The Office of Craig Oldham, he runs a celebrated studio that creates brands, books, websites, films and exhibitions, as well as being passionate about teaching, writing, curating and consulting with industry. And delegates will hear from Chris Nunn – the most recent addition to the line-up. A Huddersfield-based photographer, Chris has worked a lot in Ukraine over the past for a couple of years documenting the war in Donbass. The event will take place at Bates Mill, a converted textiles mill and popular venue for the cultural sector. It is the conception of Wilson’s Republic, a not-for-profit design network in the town, founded by Huddersfield-based designers Darren Evans and Aidan Nolan. Aiming to bring creative practitioners, students and enthusiasts together to tell their stories, share experiences, collaborate, question, learn and create, the venture is becoming a noted name on the design events scene. Commenting on the Design Conference launch and the buzz that has emerged so far, co-founder Darren Evans said: “There is no shortage of both budding and established talent across the North, and Huddersfield’s location in the very centre – not to mention the town’s history of world class invention and creativity – makes it a befitting destination for this inaugural event. “Although it was logistically difficult to get James over to Huddersfield, the fact he wanted to speak is a great boost for us and just shows how much respect exists for design in this region.” “By bringing inspiring speakers together in a relaxed, collaborative environment, we’re hoping to help further stimulate the profile of design, in what is becoming a very prolific part of the UK, for the arts sector as a whole.” With such a packed line-up of presentations, the event has pulled registrations from throughout the region and beyond, with 70% of tickets already gone. Tickets can be pre-purchased at www.wrconf.com. There are no ticket sales on the day. Updates can be found on Twitter via @wilsonsrepublic and #WRConf.
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KC Communications Announces Launch of Training Academy

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Huddersfield based marketing agency, KC Communications have announced the launch of their training academy following the relocation to larger premises earlier this year. KC Communications, who primarily work with SME’s and educational organisations to support them with marketing, PR and social media requirements, have launched the academy following the demand for training services that match the standards of professional training institutions but are delivered by individuals who undertake the activity on a daily basis. Identifying a gap in the market for professional training services, the planned workshops delivered will be accessible to SME’s and sole traders to help them on the path to marketing and ultimately, business success. Commenting on the launch of the academy, founder and Managing Director Katrina Cliffe commented: “CPD is one of our core values and from the top down all staff regularly undertake a variety of training activities to ensure we deliver both the highest level of service and results for our clients. Over the years we have received many requests to deliver training but haven’t had the facilities to be able to do so. However, our relocation to Independence House in Lindley has been instrumental in allowing us to build on the opportunity to deliver workshops due to improved facilities and ample free parking. Now our refurbishment is complete; I am delighted to be progressing with the academy”. The agency will deliver workshops on a monthly basis with the first workshops in the pipeline focused on “How to write a marketing plan” and “How GDPR will affect the marketing function”.
Posted by KC Communications
Hat-trick of senior appointments paves way for further Smith Brothers growth

Thursday 07 September 2017

Electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has secured a hat-trick of senior appointments as the high voltage specialist prepares for the next wave of growth. John Benson has joined the team as Head of EHV (Extra High Voltage) Projects. With more than 30 years’ industry experience and a number of high profile brands on his CV – including Siemens, Freedom and Anglian Water – he was the perfect candidate to oversee Smith Brothers’ contracts of 66kV and above. This newly-created role has been established in response to the increasing number of enquiries being received for high voltage primary works throughout the country. Michael McLaughlin is also on board as Head of Operations for Ireland. Another highly experienced recruit having spent 40 years in industry, he has worked for high profile infrastructure giants including Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, to name just two. He brings with him a wealth of electrical engineering knowledge – including the nuances that differentiate the Irish market from Great Britain – and has expertise in projects ranging from large-scale commercial works to the ever-expanding renewables sector. He will now take the lead on all assignments on the other side of the Irish Sea. Finally, Dan Wagner has assumed the position of Operations Manager. He is no stranger to the Smith Brothers business, having joined as Senior Project Manager in spring 2016 during a period of significant growth. But with 12 years’ at Electricity North West and a further two years at Northern Power Grid under his belt, he soon impressed with his work. He has therefore adopted this more senior role as HV and EHV enquiries continue to flood in. The appointments mark the start of an exciting financial year for Smith Brothers. 2016-17 accounts (year-end July) show another impressive year, with sustained £27m turnover levels and improved profit margins. But the team has its sights on even bigger figures for 2018, as Finance Director Richard King explains. “The past 12 months have been about consolidation,” he said. “We’ve strengthened our internal processes and procedures, boosted operational efficiencies, invested in more great new people, and relocated to new 10,000 sqft offices with room for expansion – all whilst maintaining performance levels. “Now, we’re geared up for the next chapter of growth, with our forward order book already projecting turnover of £40m for the year ahead. This 50% uplift is something we’re more than ready for, given the efforts we’ve put in over the past 12 months to take our business to the next level. These appointments are a crucial part of that story.”
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Plans revealed for Huddersfield’s first design conference

Monday 04 September 2017

Details have today been announced for a brand new design conference, the first of its kind to be held in Huddersfield. The event – which will take place at Bates Mill on Thursday 5 October – is the conception of Wilson’s Republic, a well-known not-for-profit design network in the town set up by Huddersfield-based designers Darren Evans and Aidan Nolan. It aims to bring creative practitioners, students and enthusiasts together to tell their stories, share their experiences, collaborate, question, learn and create. Among the speakers to have already been announced, is Huddersfield-born John Lee, a celebrated prop and model maker who has spent 34 years in the film industry. Having begun his career working on The Wind in the Willows, he has gone on to be involved in blockbusters including Aliens, Casino Royale and the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He is also a frequent lecturer at The National Film and Television School. He will be joined by Tom Foley, Creative Director of international typography specialist Dalton Maag, who has recently hit the headlines for designing the new BBC Sport ‘Leith’ font. As well as taking to the stage, Tom will also be leading two 2 hour logo refinement workshop throughout the day. There are in fact a number of different workshops on the conference programme, covering topics ranging from intellectual property, accounting for creatives, design career plotting, and the business of design, as well as a full-day portfolio review to offer professional guidance on live projects. The conference is not Wilson’s Republic’s first venture on to the events scene. Founded in 2015, the brand exists to provide a voice for Huddersfield’s design community. And, having run five sell-out social events to date the conference was the next logical step. “From textile design to precision engineering, Huddersfield has a rich history of world class invention and creativity running through it. The conference aims to celebrate these roots by looking to the future,” explains Wilson’s Republic co-founder Darren Evans. “By bringing iconic and inspiring speakers together in a relaxed, collaborative environment, we’re hoping to help further stimulate the profile of design across the town. There’s never been anything like it here.” With an undeniably high density of design talent in Huddersfield, across varied creative disciplines including product, graphic, digital, web, photography, illustration, art and architecture, this creative industry has been named the fastest growing in the Kirklees district. “We’re witnessing something of a movement in the town,” adds Aidan. “We’ve always had a prolific talent hub here, as our line-up of Huddersfield born and raised speakers shows. But Huddersfield’s creative heart is growing bigger and bigger every year, so it was time for our events to reflect this. “Wilson’s Republic has ‘gone large’ – I hope this conference will play a significant part in driving the town’s creative agenda forward!” Confirmed event partners include Kirklees Council, Bates Mill and stamping foil and decorative film specialist Foilco – who will be inviting delegates to create their own foil card throughout the day. The conference will also be preceded by the latest gathering of Design Network North – a membership organisation which aims to increase the contribution that design makes to the economy. But the hunt is still on for other sponsors to get involved, with interested parties encouraged to make contact via the website. The event costs £35 to attend, with discounted entry for students (£25) and groups of 5 or more (£30). Tickets can be purchased at www.wrconf.com and updates can be found on Twitter via @wilsonsrepublic and #WRConf.
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Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services with NSF

Friday 01 September 2017

On 10 August 2017, Huddersfield based Risk Management Consultancy Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services between NSF Safety & Quality UK Ltd. As the Service Provider and independent contractor for NSF, we represented to NSF that we have the necessary experience, skills and abilities to provide a range of professional service to the company and its clients such as Health and Safety, Environment, Food Safety and certified management systems. About NSF Founded in 1944, NSF International is an independent, accredited organization who develops standards, and test and certify products and systems; provides auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment. Find more about NSF at: http://www.nsf.org/about-nsf/locations/europe/united-kingdom-ireland Find more about Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd and how we can help with your business at: http://horizonriskconsultancy.com
Posted by Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd
KC Communications team up with Leeds Business Week

Thursday 31 August 2017

Huddersfield-based marketing communications agency, KC Communications, have announced they’ll be sponsoring two events to kick off Leeds Business Week. Managing Director, Katrina Cliffe, will be sharing her insight into why it’s important to build your personal or professional brand through social media at Social Media On Toast. The event will take place on Monday 9th October at Everyman Cinema in Leeds from 8am-10am and will give attendees an opportunity to network with other guests over breakfast. In addition, KC Communications will be sponsoring an all-women networking event that will take place that afternoon from 1pm-3pm at new restaurant, Tattu. Katrina Cliffe, Managing Director at KC Communications added: “We’re passionate about the local business economy and in particular the Leeds City Region. Leeds Business Week is a key event in every professional’s business calendar and we, therefore, wanted to throw our weight behind the event to make this year one of the best yet!” “Social Media on Toast felt like a natural fit for us but it was the launch of the women’s networking event which really stood out for us. The region has some outstanding female business women and we feel it is important to support and nurture that talent.” To book your tickets for Social Media on Toast, please visit: https://leedsbizweek.com/events-seminars/event-seminar/social-media-toast/ To book your tickets for Women’s Networking Afternoon, please visit: https://leedsbizweek.com/events-seminars/event-seminar/womens-networking-afternoon/
Posted by KC Communications
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#FSBConnect Huddersfield
Thursday 26 October 2017, 17:00 - 19:00
Epicure Bar And Kitchen, 37-39, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 2RD
Free Entry - 40 places
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How to Write a Marketing Plan
Monday 6 November 2017, 09:00 - 12:30
Independence House, K C Communications Ltd, Holly Bank Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3LX
Free Entry - 10 places
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Health and Safety Awareness Course HSA
Friday 10 November 2017, 08:30 - 16:30
JPW Consuting Ltd, Bridge Mills .Unit 8, 1st Floor, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 3TW
£99 - 7 places
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#FSBConnect Huddersfield
Thursday 23 November 2017, 17:00 - 19:00
Epicure Bar And Kitchen, 37-39, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 2RD
Free Entry - 40 places
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Leading in the New Normal - Have you got what it takes?
Friday 24 November 2017, 08:30 - 12:30
7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RL
£99.97 - 10 places
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