May 23, 2016

Business Planning

Business Plans

A business plan is essential for any business. It acts as a guide, maintaining focus and highlighting risks that need to be addressed. A good business plan is a ‘living document’ and should be reviewed periodically to understand the company’s Key Performance Indicators.

It should also be noted that investors of every kind expect to see a well drafted, considered and compelling business plan, which clearly sets out the proposition and how it will be achieved.

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Competitor analysis

If within the process of drafting a business plan and financial forecasts, competitor analysis is essential. It identifies strengths and weaknesses that can help develop a successful strategy.

The more objectivity applied and better level of research skills, the more reliable competitor analysis is.

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AML/CFT manuals

We have a vast amount of experience in establishing regulated businesses, which includes the drafting of Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financial (“AML/CFT) Manuals, and the policies and procedures that support them.

A good AML/CFT Manual should not be a simple tick box, paper exercise. Most companies who go down the route of regurgitating the legislation directly into their manual fall into the trap of committing to policies and procedures that with hamper the business, or are not adhered to. In the case they are not adhered to; when the regulator checks practical application against policy, it makes for a very uncomfortable review and possible sanctions.

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Business continuity plans

A good business continuity plan should identify and mitigate risks and comply with any regulatory oversight, while also providing a practical platform to operate the business, ensuring the policies and procedures are appropriate, do not create unnecessarily restrictions and allow the business to grow.

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Pitch Deck

Pitch decks are essentially a mini business plan. They are generally made up of between 10 and 50 slides, depending on the funding round. Certain investors, especially VCs, insist on the production and presentation of a pitch deck prior to reviewing a formal business plan. This is due to the volume of documentation they are sent on a daily basis. Pitch decks assist by condensing the information. Therefore, it is essential the deck describes and defines the value proposition, the business case and why the business, above many others, should draw the investors attention.

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