Business Planning A-Z


Business Planning A-Z is a practical training session where participants learn how to develop a full business plan. The session is focussed on helping those who struggle with getting started and completing a business plan for their organisation or start up social venture.

The training helps participants to identify their organisational goals and develop a detailed business plan to support their growth.

We’ll teach you how to write a business plan underpinned by business-modelling processes, profit and loss projections and early stage elevator pitches with a punch. The training also looks at how to conduct cost effective market research and a plethora of hints and tips on how to gain early adopting customers.

Business Planning A-Z has been delivered with over 150 start-up social enterprises and established organisations.

What you’ll learn from this course

You’ll learn how to approach the development and writing of a full business plan to support your organisation or social venture to grow with a strategic approach. You’ll learn how to use a business plan effectively and not just have it sat on the shelf gathering dust!

“The focus on business model canvas in these 2 sessions has been a great support for me drafting our business plan”

By the end of the course you will be:

  • Able to write a business plan.
  • Equipped with a wide range of tools and hacks for approaching pain free business planning.
  • How to plan and communicate finances and forecast effectively.
  • Know how to use a Business Model Canvas to speed up your business planning.
  • Feel equipped and confident to develop effective business plans.
  • Produce an outline marketing plan for reaching customers.
  • Communicate your objectives and business model to a wider audience, with confidence.

Who should attend

Anyone keen to learn how and why writing a business plan is important. If you’re currently meant to be writing a business plan but you don’t feel confident then this course is for you.  No prior knowledge is required for this workshop.

Location and price

All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions until further notice.

Joining details will be emailed to you in the run up to the workshop.

Dates and Timings

The course runs over two consecutive mornings 09.30am -12.30pm.

  • 19th & 20th October 2023
  • 1st & 2nd February 2024

Course facilitator

“Simon is very knowledgeable and has an effective way of teaching and sharing learning. We found the Business Planning A-Z workshop so helpful and it’s packed with really useful business planning take aways.”

The course will be delivered by Simon Pickering of Dot to Dot Training and Consulting, founded in 2015 to specifically to provide support to the VCSE Sector (Voluntary Community Social Enterprise). Dot to Dot support organisations to improve their effectiveness, income and better demonstrate their social impact. Simon Pickering has over 20 years’ experience in the social enterprise space. Dot to Dot have supported hundreds of organisations through their training, consultancy and coaching offering.


For this one day workshop plus all course materials you pay:

Organisational turnover £1m + £169
Organisational turnover £500,000 – £1m £149
Organisation turnover £100,000 – £499,999 £129
Organisational turnover £50,000 – £99,999 £109

Organisational turnover less than £50,000

or individuals unattached to an organisation


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Please note our terms and conditions: we can offer a full refund provided you give us at least 7 days’ notice (within 7 days you can substitute the participant for someone else).  

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