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Practical Business Planning- Starting 15th November 2021

When you are running or building a business, you need to grip your strategic thinking and turn it into a meaningful, executable business plan. Learn how to do this and more with tried and tested techniques and tools on our Practical Business Planning course.

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Start Date:
November 15
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
10hrs over 5 weeks
Online via Zoom
Firestarter Academy
Organiser Phone:
0844 3187531
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Practical Business Planning - The Modules

All modules are 90 minute group sessions, conducted remotely via Zoom. This course also includes 2 x 60 minute 1:1 sessions (to be arranged at the mid-point of the course and after completion of all 5 modules)


Gripping your strategy in 3 easy steps

Articulating strategy can be overwhelming and a job that either never gets done or is done in such a way that once complete, the sense is you have reached the end, not the beginning of your strategic journey. We focus on 3 simple exercises which between them articulate your strategic intent, link this to all the functions of your business and translate complex action streams into a manageable “vital few” set of priorities.


A product strategy on a page (PSOAP)

Being able to articulate a clear product strategy will drive not only your commercial (financial) thinking but also the whole basis of your operational business. We’ll help you deliver a speedy, but far-reaching methodology for gripping the entire reach of your product strategy on a single page – a game-changing tool for really working out where to focus.


Building the right organisational shape for your business

Based on your commercial and operational goals, you need a very focused organisational development plan – this can be overwhelming with challenges relating to both existing and new staff. Stripping your organisation strategy right down and rebuilding it so that it is fit for purpose – linking people to strategy and finding out how to build the best team from existing and new employees.


Building a 3 year financial plan efficiently

Financial planning can be overwhelming, but the exercise needs to be efficient, not over-engineered.  Linking your plan carefully to your Product Strategy will take you a logical speedy journey to build a clear and robust strategy. In this module, we’ll bring all of your planning together into a practical (and flexible) financial plan – starting from today and articulating the path to your aspirational targets – a real basis to run your business.


Embedding ‘Rhythm & Rigour’ – being a more efficient manager

The classic issue in businesses is that even if they “nail” their strategy documents, they “fail” to make the time or stick to the discipline of pushing the strategy through – the day job gets in the way. We’ll focus on developing effective rhythm around the execution of your strategic priorities; linking long term goals to short term activity and engaging your whole team in this process.

How the Academy courses work

Each Firestarter Academy course runs over a 5 week period, with 5 modules, group sessions with 6 people in each cohort and a 1:1 session for each delegate (1 hour). We provide all course materials and you will have direct and ongoing access to your course tutor throughout the programme to support with exercises and questions.

The courses are specifically designed with small cohorts so that we can focus on practical and implementable learning, to encourage open conversation and sharing of real and relevant examples, not just theoretical and forgettable classroom content.

Each module consists of a structured 90-minute online session, with core content delivered to set an ethos and best practice for each subject. With a 50:50 ratio of lecture and practical activity, we encourage breakouts in each module, with small group sessions to drive learning, experimentation and confidence.

All modules are designed to focus on ‘real life’ scenarios, with exercises that delegates can take away to implement in their day to day business lives. We also ensure that the module content is connected to individual 1:1 requirements, and provide in-module mentoring to assist with personal development.

What do you get from our courses?

  • 5 in-depth modules over 5 weeks, a combination of group training and a 1:1 session with all course materials provided.
  • Real-life training, using a combination of lecture and practical activities with tailored content that’s easy to understand and relevant to your business.
  • best practice approach to delivering results, with tried and tested tools and processes developed from many years experience.
  • The opportunity to interact with peers and experts, with small group sessions designed to drive learning, experimentation and confidence.
  • A clear sense of progress and achievement, with empowering and practical sales strategies that you can implement immediately in your day to day life.