The Micro Edition . . . just £10pm

If you are thinking of starting a very small business, or you are setting yourself up as a sole trader, or perhaps creating a social enterprise or even if you are a student and you're building an enterprise as part of a course, it is always important to plan your venture properly. Equally, you might have already started one of the above ventures and realised that you need to put together a solid plan from which you can take your business forward.

If you're trying to raise funding via bank or grant, using your own money, or simply applying for an overdraft to start a very small business our 'Micro Edition' offers the simplest method of achieving a sound business plan (including a 3 year financial forecast).

It's perfect for ventures such as; hairdressing salons, plumbing services, mobile sandwich rounds, interior design practices or creating any small venture. Being able to present a good business case shows people that you are serious about making a success of your venture.

This Edition is suitable for; crowd funding, grant funding, bank finance etc. and should be used to build the framework for starting and growing your business. The Tools will also help provide the supporting documentation you will need; perhaps to open a business bank account, apply for place on a business growth programme or make an application for a place in an business incubation unit.

The subscription cost for the Micro Edition is just £10pm

Regardless of which Edition of our Tools you require, the principle of compiling information for your business plan and financial forecast is based on simple, step-by-step data entry with guides to help you complete each screen properly. You can save your work and come back to amend it at any time. Each version is compatible so that even a Micro plan can be upgraded directly into an investor-ready proposition.


The Micro Edition is organised into the following sections:

  • Company Details – where you add your business name and contact details

  • Business Description – where you submit basic details about your business

  • Financial Forecast – where you enter the figures about your products, services, sales, costs etc.

  • Business Plan – where you write the text to support your business proposal

  • Supporting Files & Images – where you can upload any logos, images & extra documents you want to include

  • View My Business Proposal – this is where your saved work is kept in one place for easy viewing

Two of the key sections are the Financial Forecast and the Business Plan.


Financial Forecast

The Financial Forecast section helps you to plan the financial aspects of your business. A good financial forecast will show you in advance how well your business is likely to perform. It is important to be aware that good forecast will usually be required to raise money for your business.

This Forecast area is made up of the following topics:

  • What we will sell - details about your products and services

  • How many we will sell and at what price and cost

  • What our other business costs are - rent, wages, purchases etc.

  • Bank account details and any business loans and grants you might already have

  • Reporting – a separate area to view the results of your forecast

Some of the reports that the Financial Forecast produces include:
  • Revenues from Products and Services

  • Cost of Sale

  • Wages & Overheads

  • Capital Expenditure

  • Projected Profit/Loss Account 

  • Balance Sheet and Cash Flow


Business Plan

The Business Plan section takes you through the process of writing each stage of your Business Plan and Executive Summary. You will be guided - step by step – at each stage with text examples that show you the right type of information to enter on each screen.

A Business Plan contains all of the supporting text which describes your Business Proposal in detail. Your completed Business Plan will also contain the summary financial information about your business. This is automatically taken from the Financial Forecast information that you enter. Therefore, in order help you finalise your plan it is best to complete the Financial Forecast prior to the Business Plan.

The Business Plan section will help you cover topics such as;
  • Background

  • Opportunity

  • Products & Services

  • Management

  • Sales & Marketing

  • Competition

  • Operations

The Tools take information from the financial forecast you entered and, using this, populates appropriate sections of the business plan. The overall output from the Micro Edition provides you with a completed Business Plan and Executive Summary.

All of the documents are available as PDFs which can be securely provided to potential investors. Regardless of which version you require, the principle of compiling information for your business plan and financial forecast is based on simple, step-by-step data entry with guides to help you complete each screen properly. You can save your work and come back to amend it at any time. Each version is compatible so that even a Micro plan can be upgraded into an investor-ready proposition.

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