Business planning overview



Write a business plan – free business plan templates, help and advice on the Government website.

Writing your business plan – free step-by-step guidance on how to write a business plan for your organisation, available on the NCVO/Knowhow website.

How to write a business plan for your charity – NCVO/Knowhow guide on what areas should be covered in a business plan.

Business plan pack – the Prince’s Trust website has tips on how to write the perfect plan and templates that can be downloaded to get started.

Writing a business plan – information on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; further information on writing a business plan can be found on the website.

Business plan template – this can be downloaded from the Business Gateway website.


Useful Organisations/Websites

Directory of Social Change – training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and free resources to support the work of charities.

NCVO knowhow – NCVO is an NGO based in England, championing the voluntary sector in England by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. Their ‘Knowhow’ website provides lots of resources and e-learning for charities, social enterprises and community groups. Many of the pages are free to view for non NCVO members too.


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We know the very best people to help Visionary members are other Visionary members.  Organisations who share a similar vision and mission, and experience similar problems and predicaments but who may have found some nimble solutions and resolutions. Please do consider sharing your guides, plans, templates to help others take their work forward. We can, if you wish, password protect your work so that anything you share will be seen exclusively by Visionary’s network. If you have great knowledge to share, please email your documents to Visionary.

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