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- How to carry out Market Research
- How to Develop a Business Plan
- Structures of companies
- Duties of Directors
- Raising Finance for your Business
- Managing Cash Flow
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How to Carry Out Market Research
Get the inside track on how to commission or undertake market research to help you plan your business .You will learn the issues to consider, the questions you need to ask yourself and others.
How to Develop a Business Plan
Learn how to develop and prepare a business plan. This a good discipline in itself, it forces you to consider all aspects of the planned business, and will be is a key document that will assist with your presentation to potential banks, lenders and investors. They will need to have evidence that you know what you are doing and have a robust plan in place. When institutions consider financial applications, they want confirmation of a strong business plan, good cash flow management, a well-balanced management team and a strong balance sheet. A business plan is vital to demonstrate all this.
Structures of Companies
You will learn about the different types of company structure that exist, and their relative advantages and disadvantages. Armed with this information you can select the correct structure for your business. It is important to get this right because the legal structure of the company determines the personal liability of the directors and their ability to raise finance for the business. It also has an impact on tax liability and reporting requirements.
Duties of Directors
Directors have certain statutory duties to perform. They are personally liable for their actions and may be disqualified from their role as a director of a company if they infringe the law .They can be personally liable for the company’s debts. Their responsibilities include ensuring that the company trades lawfully and is compliant with legislation and regulation. They are responsible for the management of the company within its own Articles of Association. And the local legal system.
Raising Finance for your Business
You will read about the traditional funding routes and consider Angel Investors and Crowd Funding. Potential investors need to know that their money will be invested safely, and you will need to demonstrate that you have researched the proposed business thoroughly and can convincingly “pitch” your product or service. They will want to understand the potential risks and returns of investing with you.
Managing Cash Flow
This is a crucial process, especially for a new business. The number one reason for business failure is lack of cash to cover rent, salaries, and other bills, and will force many businesses into liquidation. Profitability is important in the long run, but in the short run, cash flow has to be very carefully managed.
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