Building a Robust Business Plan

Walking up to the doors of The Boathouse delegates were treated to the sight of not only a motorbike from Norfolk Blood Bikes but also their car, both of which are used to quickly get blood products, samples, and other super important supplies from one hospital to another. The beautiful setting outweighed the drizzly weather and there was a lovely buzz as delegates got to know one another before the main event.

Once seated delegates networked on their tables, coming up with ideas of their business plans for 2020 ahead of Rachel Blackburn from US2U Consulting’s presentation on building a robust business plan. The breakfast was absolutely delicious and so generous that some were even defeated by it! After breakfast Rachel was up, skilfully trimming her 2 hour presentation into 15 minutes to give delegates the key areas to consider when building their business plans. The main areas she encouraged delegates to consider were: identify clear goals; understand your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (and not to be afraid of the threats), compile competitor analysis so you can really understand what they do and how you can be different and better, and practice saying your elevator pitch out loud so you sound confident.

Delegates left full and feeling confident with their business plans and how to make 2020 their year!

Big thanks to the lovely guys from Norfolk Blood Bikes for being our featured charity, bringing their fabulous bike and car, and talking to delegates about the super important work they do across the county. Massive thanks to Rachel Blackburn from US2U Consulting for being our presenter and to The Boathouse for being our excellent venue as always.

If you’d like to get some of Rachel's tips you can find all her slides here.

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