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Business Planning

COBRA: complete business reference adviser

Access for UoP students & staff only. Campus use only or set up Web Proxy on your home computer.

COBRA provides fact sheets, reports and bulletins all searchable under headings such as: business opportunity profiles, sector guides, local area profiles and business events. It holds detailed start up guides for over 600 small business trades, sectors and professions, together with details of over 1,600 courses, qualifications and training providers for business start ups, business trades and professions. There are guides to over 300 small business management subjects and ‘how-to’ articles covering marketing, finance, HR/employment, administration, tax, and e-commerce. There is also access to a business legal library covering aspects such as consumer and trading law, and intellectual property.

Scroll through the long list of occupations to see what business or legal support you need.

COBRA provides everything our budding entrepreneur needs to set up a business. The database covers the whole of the United Kingdom and information is updated on a daily basis. Every faculty should find

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Enterprise First business toolkit

Free downloadable business plan templates along with additional resources.

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The Princes Trust – business plans

A brief overview on writing a business plan followed by several business plan templates, financial tables and a downloadable business plan guide.

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The Startup Donut – business planning

Find out how to write a business plan, what to include and advice on updating your business plan.

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Gov.uk business plan templates

Free business startup business plan templates for you to download as well as business plan examples.

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Our Advice

#Myth: “My business plan is in my head – that’s good enough.”

A good place to start when writing your business plan is with the Business Model Canvas which is explained and can be downloaded Business Model Generation.

Depending on the type of your business will depend on what you need to include within your business plan. Here are some links to some basic business plan templates.