SPOTLIGHT on Business Planning For Success training at LCVS

Who is our business planning for success training course for, why attend and what do participants get from the day? We sat down with trainer Christina Dempsey from the LCVS capacity building team to find out. Chris is a qualified social enterprise/business advisor, with over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector. She has supported many potential, new and existing charities and social/community enterprises on their journey towards sustainability.

Who is the course aimed at?

Our training is aimed at organisations within the charity and voluntary sector. Almost every organisation within that sector could benefit from this training, unless they already have a robust, up-to-date business plan that is being used regularly to help the organisation operate efficiently.

A business plan is a working document that helps you to follow a strategic direction, toward an ultimate aim. If you’re starting up a new organisation, this training will help you to put your best foot forward from the beginning. If you created a business plan years ago and rarely refer to it, then reviewing it could breathe new life into your organisation; this training will equip you with lots of ways to do just that.

Why create a business plan?

There are many great reasons for voluntary sector organisations to create and maintain an up-to-date business plan. The chances are that you are going to need to make a clear case to funders and/or investors throughout the life of your organisation. Clarifying your market position, aims, objectives etc will help you enormously when you come to illustrate this. Periodically reviewing and revising your business plan will keep it current, so that it’s there for you as a resource whenever you need to draw from it.

Done correctly, a business plan will also help you to unify all of your stakeholders behind a clear vision and to manage your organisation for maximum efficiency.

What will participants get from the day?

With support from the trainer, they will begin developing or reviewing their vision and mission statements (who they are). They will begin to gain an understanding of their position in the market they’re operating in (where they are now) and ultimately, their unique selling point. They will then begin developing or reviewing their aims and objectives (where they want to be). Finally, they’ll start to consider marketing and promotion, monitoring and evaluation systems and an implementation plan, including any resources they may need (how they’re going to get there).

Basically, by the end of the day, participants will have started work on the main components of a business plan. They will also be equipped with the tools they need to move forward and compile a clear, focused and robust business plan – including a template to get them started.

Why train with LCVS?

Our expertise is in our name. The team here at Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services are experts in our sector and our local area. There are unique things to consider when creating a business plan for a non-profit organisation and they are the very things that our organisation has specialised in for over 100 years!

The next Business Planning for Success training course will take place on 9 May 2019. Click here for details and to register.

If you are reading this post after the 9 May 2019, visit our training page to find upcoming courses.


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