Build a Business Plan
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In this course, you will

  • Identify an opportunity
    Identify an area in your business to build a business plan as well as develop that plan with the support of your project advisor.
  • Use the right methods
    Gain a clear understanding of business planning and apply a range of templates and toolkits to your guided project.
  • Develop relevant skills
    Develop and improve a selection of key skills relevant to building a business plan in your organization.

5 steps to success

16-20 hours over 6+ weeks

Help is always available

Project advisor support

Invaluable insider insights from your project advisor.

Up to 3 hours of 1-2-1 support.

Guides & resources

Switch on to our online library to access authentic case studies, proven business models, and practice scenarios that will help you test and deliver your plan.

Up to 4 hours of content.

Examples of tools and templates you will be introduced to

The Five "Whys"?

Apply an iterative and interrogative method to discover the root cause of a particular problem.

De Bono’s "Six Thinking Hats"

Learn how to use a "parallel thinking process" to generate creative solutions to your business problems.

The ‘MoSCoW’ approach

Use a prioritization approach to help you understand what really matters when addressing root cause issues.

The Pyramid Principle

Understand how to use this highly effectively communication technique for presenting to senior leaders.

Power skills you will develop


Define the business problem to be analyzed. Examine evidence and research through root-cause analysis to identify the core or root of the problem you have defined.


Explain the goals and purpose of the business plan. Communicate your analysis in a clear and concise way, sharing appropriate and compelling information.


Generate multiple ideas for solving a problem, based on evidence.

Critical thinking

Evaluate potential solutions to the business problem to prioritize them to select the most effective one.

Visualization and storytelling

Communicate your analysis using data storytelling or visualization techniques. Leverage data or evidence to support your points.

On completion you will have

Discovered ways to build a business plan

Demonstrated live project experience around a key opportunity in your business that adds to business planning and analysis.

Transferable skills to use across your business

Gained proficiency in critical skills fundamental to building a business plan that supports your career development.

Resources you can turn to again and again

A structured business plan with templates that you can download and use in future projects.

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A Credly badge that certifies your competence in creating an effective business plan.

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