Enterprise Planning and Development: Small Business Start-up, Survival and Development

  • 8h 16m
  • David Butler
  • Taylor and Francis
  • 2006

Enterprise Planning and Development outlines the options and risks involved in setting up a business. It shows how to avoid this failure by focusing on the planning stage and building on this framework as the business develops.

The book contains all the underpinning factual information required to prepare a successful Business Plan for presentation to a bank manager, or an alternative potential source of finance, or for use in an NVQ portfolio. It is in line with the major syllabuses for Business Start-Up, and can be used as a course book for anyone completing a formal NVQ level 3 and 4 qualification in this area, with tips on NVQ structure and assessment.

Enterprise Planning and Development shows how to make the most of business growth and also how to deal with the different types of problems that are encountered along the way. All businesses pass through several stages of growth and it occurs for a number of reasons, such as change in the commercial market, increased customer demand for services or product and higher numbers of customers.

The book is structured to follow a logical sequence of questions that makes it readily accessible: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? What resources are needed to get there? What sales and marketing policies do we need to develop? It examines the personnel and staffing implications, the efficiency of the current financial management process and the owners own abilities to make it all happen.

  • New topical material on innovation, intellectual property and exit strategies
  • Includes current issues of entrepreneurship such as the relevance of family support, entrepreneurial characteristics, enterprise cultures in organisations.
  • Practical and relevant start-up text that provides the necessary follow-on development material.

About the Author

David Butler is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Kent. He has over 25 years of experience in both large and small organisations including 15 years as a small business owner. He has been involved in small business training and research since 1997, and also works with the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) and the Chartered Management Institute, but still finds time for some occasional fly-fishing to keep life in balance.

In this Book

  • Enterprise Planning and Development―Small Business Start-up, Survival and Development
  • The entrepreneurial ethos and environment
  • The Importance of Planning For Start-Ups
  • Structuring the business plan
  • Developing the business idea
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Market research and planning
  • Identifying relevant legislation
  • Resource requirements
  • Recruiting and employing staff
  • Planning and managing the business finances
  • Integrating and Maintaining Quality
  • Putting the business plan together
  • The culture shift
  • Reviewing the performance of the business
  • Identifying Growth and Development Options
  • Additional resource implications of growth
  • Financial planning for growth
  • Sales and marketing for growth
  • Innovation and intellectual property
  • Developing and Implementing the Growth Strategy
  • Exit Strategies and Succession Planning