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Practical Business Planning

If you are running or building a business, you can learn how to grip your strategic thinking and turn it into a meaningful, executable business plan with tried and tested techniques and tools on our 'Practical Business Planning' course from the Firestarter Academy.

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Ideal for business owners and senior leaders, this course includes 5 core modules that will take you through the full process of business planning, from setting your strategic intent at the beginning right through to developing your product strategy, building a financial plan and ultimately ensuring that you can execute and deliver your plan.

Practical Business Planning - The 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.

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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 6 week period, with 5 modules, group sessions with small cohorts and two 1:1 sessions for each delegate (1 hour for each session). 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, with NDAs established with all parties at the outset 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 break outs 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.

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Dates and Pricing

The next Practical Business Planning course will be starting in week-commencing 29th June 2020, with a number of cohorts beginning with Module 1 on different days throughout the week.

We will add further courses to the schedule over the coming weeks, so if you are interested but are not able to attend the next available course, please get in touch with us and we will send you details as soon as they are available.

Our standard pricing structure for this course (including all 5 modules and 1:1 sessions) is £1,249.50 (+VAT) per person.

However, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of discounting options on the above pricing:

If there are 2 or more delegates who wish to attend from the same organisation, we will discount the above price by 20% for each subsequent delegate after the first one.

We are keen to support the training and development of younger people in your organisation, so will offer a 40% discount for any delegate who is 26 or under*

To enable us to plan each course effectively, we would like to ensure that delegates confirm their places early so we are providing an added early bird incentive of 25% on top of any other applicable discounts to encourage early bookings. Specific dates for early bird bookings are highlighted for each course.