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Making a Risk Management Plan for Your Business

It’s impossible to eliminate all business risk. Therefore, it’s essential for having a plan for its management. You’ll be developing one covering compliance, environmental, financial, operational and reputation risk management. These guidelines are for making a risk management plan for your business.

Developing Your Executive Summary

When you start the risk management plan with an executive summary, you’re breaking apart what it will be compromised of into easy to understand chunks. Even though this summary is the project’s high-level overview, the goal is describing the risk management plan’s approach and scope. In doing so, you’re informing all stakeholders regarding what to expect when they’re reviewing these plans so that they can set their expectations appropriately.

Who Are the Stakeholders and What Potential Problems Need Identifying?

During this phase of making the risk management plan, you’re going to need to have a team meeting. Every member of the team must be vocal regarding what they believe could be potential problems or risks. Stakeholders should also be involved in this meeting as well to help you collect ideas regarding what could become a potential risk. All who are participating should look at past projects, what went wrong, what is going wrong in current projects and what everyone hopes to achieve from what they learned from these experiences. During this session, you’ll be creating a sample risk management plan that begins to outline risk management standards and risk management strategies.

Evaluate the Potential Risks Identified

A myriad of internal and external sources can pose as risks including commercial, management and technical, for example. When you’re identifying what these potential risks are and have your list complete, the next step is organizing it according to importance and likelihood. Categorize each risk according to how it could impact your project. For example, does the risk threaten to throw off timelines or budgets? Using a risk breakdown structure is an effective way to help ensure all potential risks are effectively categorized and considered. Use of this risk management plan template keeps everything organized and paints a clear picture of everything you’re identifying.

Assign Ownership and Create Responses

It’s essential to ensure a team member is overseeing each potential risk. That way, they can jump into action should an issue occur. Those who are assigned a risk, as well as the project manager, should work as a team to develop responses before problems arise. That way, if there are issues, the person overseeing the risk can refer to the response that was predetermined.

Have a System for Monitoring

Having effective risk management companies plans includes having a system for monitoring. It’s not wise to develop a security risk management or compliance risk management plan, for example, without having a system for monitoring. What this means is there’s a system for monitoring in place to ensure risk doesn’t occur until the project is finished. In doing so, you’re ensuring no new risks will potentially surface. If one does, like during the IT risk management process, for example, your team will know how to react.


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A business plan consultant provides a financial, marketing, and operational roadmap to align stakeholders and help your business achieve its goals.

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Business plans are the North Star for early-stage businesses, used as a reference point when making major business decisions, collateral when securing a new fundraising round, and as an introduction to the business and its goals when recruiting new key hires.

While business plan templates can be found online, these ready-made guides can drive entrepreneurs and their businesses away from what they actually need to achieve. A top business plan consultant will construct a custom plan that takes into account the specifics of your business, or review and pressure-test an existing plan while taking into account the latest industry trends.

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The business plan is the foundation of your investor package. However, most entrepreneurs are too busy with other priorities – such as developing products, finding customers, and recruiting a team – to prepare a compelling business plan.

Since 2001, Cayenne Consulting has helped more than 2,400 entrepreneurs develop business plans that helped to raise over $4.3 billion in funding. You can view our business plan samples to see why entrepreneurs choose us.

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I probably see five to ten business plans a week. Frankly, most aren’t ready for the big leagues. Cayenne’s work, on the other hand, is consistently excellent. They figured out the formula. They make it easier for investors to quickly see the value in a company. Now that startup activity is picking up, investors have more to choose from. It’s more important than ever for a business plan to make the right first impression. — Harry George , Solstice Capital (U.S. VC Firm)
Consultants almost never do a good job on this kind of work because they don’t take the time to really understand the business. Cayenne was exactly the opposite. They were like a member of the management team. When the plan was done, I circulated it among the other Partners here at Veritas as an example of what a business plan should look like. — Gideon Tolkowsky , Veritas Venture Partners (Israeli VC Firm)

What Do You Really Need… A business plan WRITER… Or a true business plan STRATEGIST?

You found us because you need help with your business plan. And you’re wondering what sets business plan consultants like us apart from an ordinary “business plan writing service.”

Here are the key differences:

A Business Plan Writer…

A business plan writer expects you to have all the answers.

They will ask you a series of questions and type your answers into some off-the-shelf business plan software.

This is how most business plan companies work – and this is how they keep their fees so low.

Hey, if you know how to type and you already know all the answers, you might as well buy a copy of Business Plan Pro and write it yourself.

A Business Plan Strategic Consultant…

A business plan consultant is someone who will help refine your ideas and strategies, and mold them into a viable business.

We challenge your assumptions, fill gaps in your thinking, do lots of independent research and analysis , and help formulate business models, tactics, and strategies.

We help crystalize your long-term competitive differentiation, identify target markets, and plan for business scalability.

And then we help you express it in a compelling package – whether it’s a business plan, pitch deck , PPM (working with your attorney), financial forecast , Business Model Canvas , elevator pitch, or executive summary – that is most appropriate for your specific situation and target audience.

Business Plan Consulting Within Your Budget

We don’t have pre-set prices for our work. Every project is different. We need to interview you to understand how well you have developed your vision, and see what existing materials and research are available. We also need to agree on who is going to be responsible for what.

Depending on your needs and budget, we will then develop a proposal somewhere along this spectrum:

Full Service Business Plan Consulting

We will do the “heavy lifting” so you can focus on other priorities: developing your product, finding customers, and building your team.

We can help you optimize your strategy; research and analyze your market and competition; and create a clear and compelling plan to articulate your vision.

We don’t use cookie-cutter templates – we develop your plans from scratch to ensure you tell your unique story in the most compelling way possible.

Guided Business Planning

If you are on a more limited budget and have the time to conduct a majority of the research and writing, we can:

Note that this is not for the faint of heart. This is a lot of work and will require a full-time commitment for weeks or months. Many entrepreneurs feel it makes more sense to focus on building the business.

Cayenne Consulting also serves large enterprises considering new initiatives as well as rapidly scaling businesses seeking large, later-round VC capital raises.

Tailoring Your Business Plan to a Specific Purpose

A business plan is not a one-size-fits-all document: it should achieve a specific purpose. We have experience in preparing plans for:

What Are the Elements of a Business Plan?

Contrary to widespread belief, there is no “right” way to structure a business plan; in fact, they can take many different forms . The important thing is to cover the Ten Big Questions as part of a compelling story.

Having said that, here is a typical outline:

In practice, some of these sections may be omitted or combined for brevity – for example, Market and Marketing are often combined, as are Competition and Competitive Advantages.

Business plans for unique industries may require additional sections. For example, biotech and medical device plans require sections describing the regulatory pathway (clinical trials and FDA clearance), reimbursement issues, and other issues.

Our Business Planning Process

Our business plan consultants each have their unique approach to how they work with clients. They will describe their approach during your initial discussions with them so that you understand what to expect as we progress.

Having said that, here is an example of how a business planning engagement might proceed:

Of course, we understand that every client has unique requirements and we will tailor our approach to meet your needs.

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What Do Business Planning Consultants Do?

Business planning consultants provide a valuable service to those who wish to embark on a business venture . They also work with those who have already started a business and wish to structure the business in a manner that will ensure success. One of the functions provided by business planning consultants is the writing of professional business plans on behalf of their clients. When they are hired by those in business, they will help such people organize their ideas by constructing a viable business plan. This business plan will be based on the information provided by the clients as well as on the research and knowledge of the business planning consultants.

Business planning consultants have the responsibility of conducting extensive research, supported by their previous knowledge and experience, about the necessities needed to embark on a business venture. They compile industry reports relating to the business, conduct feasibility studies, and also conduct studies related to the potential customers who will patronize the business. The business planning consultants also analyze consumer trends and compile reports on legislation and regulations that might affect the business.

Another area where the business planning consultants assist their clients is the area of potential and existing competition. If a client is planning to open a coffee shop on street A, the consultants will find out if there are other coffee shops on street A or within the vicinity of street A. They will also find out the number of coffee shops on street A and what kind of service they provide. Then, the consultants will make recommendations to their clients based on the result of their findings. If there is already a coffee shop on street A, the business consultants could recommend that their clients include free Wi-Fi among their services as a means of attracting more customers.

Still using the example of the potential coffee shop, the business planning consultants will also find out the best location for siting a coffee shop. They know that coffee shops thrive in areas with a certain demographic that includes students and workers, often in close proximity to bookshops. Business planning consultants also assist their clients in calculating start-up costs, means of financing the project, and how profitable the business will be. They may assist their clients in sourcing for funds by preparing various financial documents that will present the clients in the best light to potential funders or lenders . Consultants may also help their clients devise business strategies that will help them stay ahead of the competition.

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Business Plan Consulting Services

Every entity requires a proper business plan to achieve its strategic goals and objectives. Whether a business is a budding start-up or a well known international business, they require an effective business plan to achieve their priorities. Business Plan Consulting is the process in which strategic advice is provided to a business on its goals and objectives. Business plan consulting services can be provided for any form of business

What is Business Plan Consulting Services? 

Business Plan Consulting is the process in which an external third-party consultant is engaged to provide strategic advice. The type of advice provided for a business will depend on the factors which affect the business. Business plan consulting services will be different for a start-up company. Similarly, the services offered by a consultant will be different for an established international organization. Depending on the type of business, the business plan will vary.  

Types of Business Plan Consulting Services

Types of Business Plan Consulting

Preparing a business plan for a start-up is different from preparing a business plan for a multinational organization. A start-up is considered as a budding business. As per the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a start-up is defined as a business that is formed recently. If a business has not covered more than ten years from the date of inception, then it is called a start-up. As per this definition, if a company is less than ten years old, it is still a start-up. 

Developing a business plan for a start-up would include the following:

SME is an abbreviation for Small and Medium enterprises. SME's are organizations that have been in business for some years. However, business plan consulting services would be different for an SME when compared to a start-up.

Developing a business plan for an SME would cover the following:

Multi-National Companies

Multinational Companies are entities that are globally incorporated. These companies set a footprint in India to carry out business activities.

For a Multinational company, the main areas which the business plan will focus on:

The role played by a Business Planning Consultant? 

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A business planning consultant plays a major role in carrying out business plan consulting services. The business plan consulting firm should have an overview of the activities carried out by the business. Based on this, the firm can analyze the factors to develop a strategic business plan. In business plan consulting a consultant has the following responsibilities:

Developing a Strategic Plan for the Business

Business planning consulting services comprise developing a strategic plan for different types of business. Be it an entrepreneur or an established entity, the business planning consultant must develop strategic advice. A consultant can either get to know the business objectives by researching the company. Apart from this, the consultant can communicate with the business's key executives to understand their goals and objectives. Based on this, the consultant can draft the business plan to include key goals and parameters that the business has to achieve.

Specific Business Planning Activities

If the organization keeps a tight budget, the consultant can advise the business based on specific objectives. For example, a start-up may require specific advice on Human Resources. In such a case, the consultant can provide them with advice on human resource activities.

Tailoring the Business Plan

Business Plan consulting also comprises of tailoring the business plan to the main objectives and goals of a business. This can be achieved when the consultant understands the specific strategies of the business. The consultant is free is to give any advice on implementing such strategies. However, tailoring the business plan to achieve the objectives of the business is crucial.

A business plan consulting firm not only advises the organization on the business plan, but they also play a crucial role in mentoring the organization. When the business plan is implemented in an organization, the consultant’s role is to ensure that the organization achieves the goals and principles developed in the business plan. If there are potential issues, the business plan professional should come up with actions to mitigate any loss caused to the organization.

Budgetary Analysis

Planning is one of the primary activities carried out by a business plan consulting firm. The budgetary analysis is also developing as one of the main functions carried out by the business plan consulting firm. A budgetary analysis is understood as calculating the budget of a particular organization and drafting a business plan according to the business's needs. Through this, an organization can estimate the desired results of the business plan with a limited budget. 

Benefits of Business Plan Consulting Services

Benefits of Business Plan

Expert Advice

Any organization be it a start-up, or an established multinational firm will require a business plan. Business plan consulting services provided to an organization would be from experienced professionals such as Chartered Accountants, Lawyers, and Company Secretaries. Your business will achieve all the strategic goals and objectives through streamlined advice from expert professionals. At Enterslice, you can rely on expert assistance from qualified professionals to develop your business plan.

Focused Approach

The approach provided by a business planning consulting firm would be straightforward. Following this approach would allow the organization to achieve all its objectives. At the same time, the organization can explore new areas of the business.

Having a business plan ready-made by a business plan consulting firm saves time. This option will be beneficial if the business or start-up wants immediate advice on business strategies. An organization using this would not have to waste unnecessary time recruiting in-house professionals to engage their business to achieve various strategies. Outsourcing business planning consulting services is one of the easiest ways for an organization.


An organization can limit budgetary requirements for preparing a business plan. Apart from this implementing a business plan for the organization is cost-friendly. A business plan can be limited to specific goals and objectives of the business. Hence, an organization using a business plan consulting firm would save time and cost at the same time.

Challenges in Business Plan Consulting 

There are several challenges in business plan consulting, which have considerably affected the organisation’s implementation strategies. The following are the challenges that affect business plan consulting:

Contradicting View Points

This comes as a potential challenge in developing a business plan. Once the business plan consulting firm develops a plan for the business, implementation is impossible due to contradicting viewpoints between the business executives and the business planning consulting firm. There are many instances where contradictory viewpoints affect the implementation of the business plan.

Technology Challenges

Technology advancements and digitization have disrupted how businesses operate. A business plan consulting firm has to be up to date with relevant technologies that disrupt the business environment. Without any form of knowledge, the business planning consultant would not be able to tailor the business's needs according to the changing market preferences. Digital technology factors such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, and Big Data has disrupted the market. Hence the business plan consulting firm must match the needs of the evolving market to the organization.


Implementation is a challenge for organizations as they are pressurized due to budgetary restrictions and other regulatory challenges. 

Business Plan Consulting Services Offered by Enterslice

At Enterslice, we understand your business's needs and guide you with advice on implementing the business plan. Our advice comprises the following:

a) Financials of the organization.

b) Any Drafts related to a business plan.

c) Any other information which is beneficial for the implementation of the business plan.

a) Introduction to Business.

b) Information on the executive summary.

c) Products of the Business.

d) Financial Projections.

e) Final Outlines of the business plan.

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Fill the form, get a callback, submit document, track progress, get deliverables, frequently asked questions, what is the main role played by a business planning consultant.

A business planning consultant has the following roles and responsibilities:

• Advice on the strategy adopted by the business.

• Develop a plan of action for the business.

• Implement the plan of action for the business..

• Develop Risk Analysis and Mitigation.

Is business planning essential for all organizations?

Every organization requires a business plan. For example, a start-up would have to draft a business plan to secure loans or seed finance options from a bank. Similarly, a multinational organization would need a business plan to diversify its product segments. Hence business plans are essential for all organizations.

What are the main stages of business plan consulting?

The main stages of business plan consulting are:

• Collecting initial information.

• Developing Analysis of Budget.

• Preparing a Draft Business Plan.

• Execution of the Plan into Action.

What are the advantages of using Enterslice as a Business planning consultant?

Using Enterslice as a business planning consultant would provide you with the following benefits:

• An expert team of professionals.

• 24*7 customer support.

• Post Monitoring Advice.

What are the advantages of using business plan consulting services?

An organization using a business plan would have the following advantages:

• Expert Advice.

• Not Time Consuming and Inexpensive.

• Feedback and Mentoring the business.

• Constant Support.

Is business planning required for all levels in an organization?

Yes, business planning is required for all levels in an organization. An organization may use business planning services just to change the major goals and objectives of a particular department. This may not affect the overall organization; however, the planning services will improve the business's profits. Therefore business planning is required for all levels in an organization.

How long will it take to implement a Business plan?

Implementing a business plan would depend on various factors. Some of these factors are within the control of the organization. In comparison, other factors are not within the control of the organization. A business plan for a start-up would take a longer time to implement when compared to a business plan for a well established organization.


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A strategic planning consultant helps organizations define and develop future business strategies to meet their long-term goals. It’s their job to research market trends and future developments that might affect this strategy. Other duties involve interviewing planning team members, analyzing the operating environment, studying major company competitors, developing potential future scenarios, and creating detailed reports. The exact responsibilities of a strategic planning consultant vary widely depending on their employer and their clients.

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Growthink’s business planning team has world-class academic, entrepreneurial, and financial backgrounds, including experience starting, financing, and growing businesses and working as angel, venture capital, and private equity investors.

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We don't just document your business ideas on paper. Our business plan consultants conduct market research and collaborate with you to create strategies for you to succeed in both today's environment and over the long term.


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We are in constant contact with investors, lenders, and other funding sources. This enables our consultants to develop business plans and pitch decks that raise capital. Growthink clients have raised billions of dollars in debt and equity funding.

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Dave is a serial entrepreneur, renowned professional business plan consultant and the author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Entrepreneurship “ Start at the End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster by Reversing Their Business Plan ,” published by Wiley. Dave is a contributor for and BusinessWeek went so far as to call Dave ‘The Business Plan Expert.’ Dave has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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What it’s like to work with a professional business plan consultant.

There are several business plan consultants with whom you can work. However, most aren’t very good.

Remember, you need a business plan that raises funding for your company and will help you build a thriving business. While anyone can jot down your idea on paper, most will not do what a professional business consultant can well.

You may want to think of it this way. If you were to run a Super Bowl ad for your company, would you hire a marketing firm with a track record of excellent results with Super Bowl ads? One that had unique expertise in understanding your target audience and crafting a message that persuaded them to take the actions you wanted?

Or would you hire a “guy” you found on CraigsList who said he could create your ad for $400?

Clearly, you would go with the experienced firm.

The same is true with your business plan . If your business plan consultant can’t expertly conduct market research regarding your industry, competition, and customers, you won’t be able to develop the right strategies to grow your company.

Likewise, if your business plan consultant doesn’t spend significant time each month with your target customers (venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors, loan officers, etc.), then most likely they will fail to develop a plan that inspires them to write you a check .

For over 20 years, Growthink’s business plan consulting services have helped thousands of new and established businesses raise billions of dollars and build successful organizations. We hope to have the opportunity to speak with you about our business plan services and help you realize your succeed.

Our Business Plan Consulting Methodology

Our business planning and consulting team has developed thousands of custom business plans for clients in all types of industries. During this time, we have developed proprietary methodologies to ensure our clients receive high-quality, fully customized business plans every time.

The Growthink methodology includes five phases which are designed to maximize quality and client satisfaction.

We will also deliver your complete financial model at this time , including the financial projections .

Business Plan Consulting FAQs

What does a business plan consultant do.

A business plan consultant helps small business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups , and established businesses develop business plans that will help them raise bank loans, equity funding and other forms of funding for their businesses . A quality business plan advisor will also ensure the business’ growth strategy is solid. We are the industry experts in helping many entrepreneurs , business owners, and executives create professional business plans that are well thought out to point your business in the right direction and powerful tools to convince potential investors to fund your project or lend you money.

What is the business planning process like?

Every business is unique, so there’s no cookie-cutter business plan. Every business owner has different strengths and weaknesses they bring to the table. We want our clients to get the most out of their business plan by solving problems, leveraging strengths, and highlighting new business opportunities for growth – all while taking it one step at a time.

Growthink starts with what’s important to you: What are your current challenges? What do you hope this business will achieve? Our business planning advisors   are there to help make your vision a reality – whether through helping improve your day-to-day operations or providing the strategic planning necessary for companies on an upwards trajectory. Whatever stage you’re at in your company’s life cycle, our business plan consulting firm can help judge the needs of your business and provide solutions based on our years of experience working with companies in a variety of industries.

Read more about Our Business Planning Process & Methodology .

How long does it take for a business plan consultant to produce a business plan?

Growthink’s business plan consultants can produce a custom business plan in as little as seven days, but it may vary depending on the complexity of the business.

How much does a consultant charge for a business plan?

The cost for professional business plan development services varies depending on the complexity of the company.

Business Plan Consultants Case Studies

Having worked with thousands of clients, here are but a few case studies :

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Find a Business Plan Consultant Near You

Our business plan consultancy services are in high demand  serving clients around the world. Among other cities, we have business consultants in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, NYC and London.

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What is Business Consulting and What Advantages Does It Provide?


A business consultant is a professional that works with clients on a variety of aspects intending to help to improve, grow, or maintain a company. Learn more about business consultants, what they can provide, and more in this guide.

What Is a Business Consultant?

‌A business consultant is an individual who works closely with business owners and managers to improve operations and efficiency. Business consulting includes helping to identify, address, and overcome obstacles to meeting a company’s goals.  ‌

What Does a Business Consultant Do?

‌Business consultants can assist in nearly any need your business might have. There are business consultants that specialize in specific industries, while others take a more general approach. While specific services vary, some of the most common ones are listed below. ‌

What Businesses Need a Consultant?

Nearly any business can benefit from a business consultant. Though some, like those below, might experience the most significant benefits.

What Are the Advantages of Business Consultants?

‌Hiring a business consultant can provide many benefits to a company. Some of the most important include taking advantage of an outside perspective, utilizing insight and expertise picked up from other clients and industries, receiving help creating plans as well as the resources to make them happen, and more. Below are some specific examples for a greater understanding.

Career Outlook for Business Consultants

‌ A business consultant’s earnings depend on several factors, including their location, the industries they serve, and the specific skills they provide . Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there are sectors inside of management consulting that are experiencing growth. By Q4 2020, we’ve seen incredible demand inside of specific practice areas including healthcare consulting and bankruptcy & turnaround consulting. Generally speaking, a consultant in the US makes between $65,000 and $110,000 per year.

What Tools Do Business Consultants Use?

‌Being a business consultant requires a lot of planning, researching, and organization. Using the right tools to support your business can provide many benefits. Some of the most important tools business consultants use are listed below. 

1. CRM Software

‌ CRM software is available to help improve your customer relationships. It allows you to keep track of client information and interactions, share files, and track progress. Different CRM software comes with various available features, so it’s crucial to determine what you need before choosing one.  ‌

2. Proposal Software

‌As a consultant, you likely send several business proposals. Having business proposal software helps to keep a professional structure to your proposals. Additionally, many provide templates , which can save you hours. 

3. Project Management Tools

‌Most business consultants manage several different clients at a time. Additionally, many handle multiple projects for each client. Using project management tools will help track a project’s progress and keep projects organized.  ‌

4. Time-Tracking Tool

‌A business consultant typically charges by the hour, so keeping up with billable hours is a foundational aspect of consulting. Having a time-tracking tool that not only keeps up with the amount of time you work but also lets you categorize this time for different projects is incredibly helpful. 

5. Cloud Automation Software 

‌Automation software like Accelo can streamline your workflow and simplify your days. By integrating your current apps into a cloud platform, a business consultant can easily manage sales, projects, time-tracking, and much more all in one place. 

‌‌ READ NEXT: See how one consulting firm saw a 93% increase in profits with Accelo

‌Business consulting is a very rewarding career that can help take businesses to the next level. Consultants have unique experiences that help businesses address and overcome challenges they face in reaching company goals. 

In addition to the knowledge and expertise you can bring, having powerful business consulting software can make you an even more invaluable asset. Learn more about how Accelo can integrate with your current tools and enhance your consulting business with a free trial . 

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Providing business planning consultancy since 2009

Unfortunately only 4% of businesses ever reach the £1 million mark, but our 13 years of experience in business planning has helped our clients grow an average of 168% in the first 18 months.

We have worked with a wide range of sectors and scenarios, providing business plans and advice allowing you to fully understand what is holding your business back and how to overcome the hurdles. Our programmes will allow you to take the right steps and deploy the right frameworks to ensure your business fully succeeds.

Contact our team of business planning experts and sign up today for a free business strategy review. We will provide you with 5 easy to implement tips before you even become a member, showing you just how easy it is to make your business a true success.

Who needs business plan consultancy…

Business planning consultancy is ideal for owners and executives of SMEs looking to take their company to the next level. Our programmes will not only help you understand your business but will also help you improve your leadership skills to nurture growth and help you to make better, informed decisions.

We offer tried-and-tested strategy plans alongside expert advice to help business owners comprehend what is holding them back and exactly how to overcome these issues. Our programmes are designed to make it as straightforward as possible for business owners to utilise the right business practices and frameworks, helping them every step of the way to achieve the success and growth they deserve!

Sign up for a Free Business Strategy Review today and we will take a closer look at the business practices and techniques you are currently using, as well as an action plan with at least 5 powerful business frameworks you can utilise to help your business grow.

How our business strategy programme works

Proven methodology.

Our methodology is tried and tested. On average our clients make an average increase of 168% in the first 18 months of joining our programme.

All techniques and frameworks have been used previously and we will help you to implement them successfully within your business.

Advice from entrepreneurial peers

Our entrepreneurial board will be with you every step of the way. With experience in over 70 sectors, there are little business issues they haven’t overcome.

We will provide real life examples and exclusive access to materials, allowing you to receive where others have failed.

1:1 Planning Consultant

When enrolling on our programmes, you will be assigned a dedicated 1:1 planning consultant.

Your consultant will then work with you closely to help you implement the necessary techniques and frameworks to succeed.

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