Key Business is a proposed company that is to be based in the UK. It is intended to specialize in research, Marketing, and advertising. A series of advertisements and promotions shall be used to market the business throughout the region. The launch of the business is scheduled for January 2011. The founding team comprises 6 partners namely; Alison Lee, Ben Jones, Halima Ali, Zinc Muzae, Onesmus Loki, and Agnes Leo. In relation to their qualifications and experience, each of the partners will assume an assignment so that maximum performance may be achieved.
The financial forecast for the profits and loss budgets shows that the business will have a static gross margin while the net profit margin is expected to increase for the next three years. The most important factor in improving profit margin is the economies of scale in general and administrative expenses (Your business plan starts here, 1996-2010). A solid market for revenue is expected to have been achieved by the year 2013 which indicates a good trend.
Key Business is a proposed company that is to be based in the UK. It is intended to specialize in research, Marketing, and advertising. A series of advertisements and promotions shall be used to market the business throughout the region. The business is currently in the implementation stage and its launch is scheduled for January 2011 when it will start operating in the information industry. This is a mature industry but still allows for value innovations for customers.
The competitive rivalry is high as the existing local competitors are offering the same services. Risks of related businesses entering the market are high due to low requirements. Despite the competition, we expect the business to enter and thrive well in the industry due to the effective strategies put in place by the management team. The location of the business shall be strategic where customers shall discover it easily. This is shown in detail through the proposed business pictures in appendix 2.
Once the services are well established in the market, the company plans to start an aggressive development plan. The first step involves extending its service line. The process of service range extension will be accomplished by introducing new services in the market to meet customer needs and increase profits. As seasons change, profits will keep growing for Key Business, as there will be good strategies in place to grow the Key Business Market. Additional features will be created to attract new demand and customer relationships would be strengthened to have a solid base for revenue.
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Value Curve – Key Business
Plan of Operation
As a new entrant in the industry, our main objective is to strive to be the best service provider in the region so as to achieve our short term objectives of building a consumer experience. Objectives for the next 3-5 years of operation will be achieved through market penetration, market development, and product development which will help in building a consumer experience by focusing on improved services. At this point of growth, the business is expected to have stabilized. The business objectives below provide the direction to the business:
- Strive to be the best service provider in the industry and region of operation.
- Establish a good market and retain customers by increasing loyalty.
- To Increase the market share among corporate and personnel.
Through efficient marketing of the business using advertisements and promotions, the entrance of the business into the market is expected to be smooth. Further strategies will be put in place to ensure customer satisfaction and maintenance of good customer relations. More ideas will be welcome as seasons pass to ensure efficient management.
In this market, the major external factors that can affect the business are threats of new entrants, and rivalry among competitors. In the 1st year of operation, we expect stiff competition from the existing established and related companies which will gradually reduce due to application of our effective strategies. Gradually, we expect to dominate the market. The major opportunities enjoyed include stable rules, multy-cultural diversity, and political stability that are guides to success and maturity.
Below are the core values for the company which should be adhered to by staff:
- To uphold the highest standards of business ethics.
- To maintain our reputation for reliability and commitment to serve all dearly.
- To attend to every enquiry responsively and with empathy for efficiency.
These values are very beneficial to the business as they will improve the business’ reputation and attract more customers. Staff will apply the values in the management.
Skills and experience
The management team of the company consists of 6 members whose responsibilities will be as indicated in the table below.
|Alison||Has skill and knowledge in hardware and software of computer science,|| |
|Ben, Halima, and Zinc||Marketing experience|| |
|Onesmus||Has the knowledge on the financial aspects|| |
|Agnes||Has a strong knowledge of the industry, a strong leadership, and 15 years experience in the field|| |
The business shall have 1 lawyer, an accountant and a number of consultants for it to operate most efficiently as shown in the table below.
|Larry|| ||Business’ lawyer|
|Aggrey|| ||Business’ accountant|
|Kerry|| ||Companies’ mentor and consultant|
The use of important software shall be employed to ensure competence levels are high in terms of technological advantages. Special rules guiding conduct shall be used to ensure all staff members provide competent services.
Key Business will operate and compete in the media information industry. Currently in the United Kingdom, the media industry is already well developed. There are many companies and firms which offer a wide range of services such as online flight bookings, online bill payments, to fast internet services. Though a mature industry, it allows for value innovations for customers and therefore give new market entrants a platform for bouncing forward.
SWOT and critical success factors
SWOT analysis is used to plan a business strategies. Evaluation of Key Business in terms of Strength, Weakness, opportunities and threats is as shown below:
|Strength ||Weaknesses |
|Opportunities ||Threats |
This analysis confirms the direction of strategic intents but we must be aware of the threats and work to reduce the weaknesses to be able to achieve our objectives.
We, as Key Business Company, will compete within the information industry (a mature industry), but allows room for value innovation for customers. The market is a highly competitive one as customers have many options in making their consumer decisions. For ease of operation we shall try to provide improved services to clients and these shall be attained by strictly following our business strategies. The chart below shows what Key business shall put into consideration so as to effectively compete in the industry and maintain its position.
During start-up, the business will strive to establish a stable market that will generate reasonable income to support growth. Customers will be reached through various channels as time lapses but initially, television and promotions will be used. In the 1st year of operation, we expect to have fully entered and stabilized in the local market which will be achieved through provision of quality and affordable services. In 3-5 years, the business is expected to enter new markets in the neighboring countries.
After attainment of stability, business alliances shall be considered as a way of maximizing profits and increasing the company’s popularity. This will involve merging with other related businesses thus attracting more customers and profits to the firm.
E-commerce and technology
Most of the marketing will be done through the internet as this is more efficient and readily accessible. Through a well advertised website, the company is expected to reach many potential customers (Intelligent Life on the Web, 2000-2009). Ordering of services will be advanced and customers will be able to place orders online from our 24/7 fast internet services. This means that the business will be very efficient in meeting customer needs.
Tactical promotion plan
A top objective is that Key Business becomes successful and promotion is one of the ways to achieve this. Promotion boosts the sale of a product or service and the main methods that shall be employed will include launching of advertising campaigns, increased PR activity, temporary price reductions, and telemarketing. This will help the business greatly since it is a new business in an already established market.
Initially, management will need $1 million for the organization, of which each partner will contribute $80,000 in total and the rest will come from a financial institution. This is the initial capital that is needed in the 1st year of operation and the table below gives a summary of how the capital will be used. The budget is calculated in dollars as shown in the table with marketing taking the lead in allocation.
|R&D and other expenses||$.200,000|
Credibility and risk reduction
Efficient plans will be put in place to ensure risks are minimized greatly, and credibility of the business is increased which will increase the business’ reputation.
Initially, management will need $1 million for the organization, of which each partner will contribute $80,000 in total and the rest will come from a financial institution. This is the total capital needed to establish the business as shown in the budget. Due to the low starting capital, entering the market will be smooth especially with the financial assistance from the available financial institutions.
The assumptions (most important), listed below are very important and have a strong influence on the financial plan.
- An assumption that there is small pace in the economical growth.
- An assumption that there will be no unseen changes technologically meaning that there shall be zero risk of offered products or services being outdated.
- An assumption that the organization has enough finance and access to equity capital. This will ensure that our financial plan is effectively taken care of.
Projected Profit and Loss
The projected profit and loss shows that the organization expects to maintain gross margin but increase net profit margin during the next three years. The most important factor in improving the profit margin is the economies of scale in our general and administrative expenses. The profit and loss table shows the annual numbers but detailed monthly projections for 2011 are as shown in the appendices.
Projected Balance Sheet
The table shows the annual balance sheet results, with a healthy projected increase in net worth as indicated. More clarifications can be obtained from the appendix.
Projected Cash Flow
The cash flow is the most important element for illustrating the cash projections for the next 12 months of business’ operations. The cash flow table gives the annual results, which are less significant. The key to our business plan is the monthly cash flow table, in the appendices.
Our break-even analysis is based on our cost and price structure expected as at the 1st year. The business growth shall occur in a way such that the number of workers will vary directly to the fixed costs of the business.
From the projections of our financial position in the financial plan, we are glad that the business idea is going to be a success. This may be especially right if we follow our objectives and uphold the core values which we are solidly backing. We are therefore very glad and ready to go into the business in the allocated period.
Initial budgeting of the organization Table
|R&D and other expenses||$.200,000|
Profit and Loss Table
|Pro Forma Profit and Loss|
|Cost of Goods||$143,051||$305,468||$564,060|
|Payroll (Inclusive of all depts.||$250,000||$250,000||$250,000|
|Office/ Admin expenses||$53,100||$65,000||$85,000|
|Less interest exp||$3,000||$3,000||$3,000|
Projected Balance Sheet Table
|Pro Forma Balance Sheet|
|Other Current Assets||$431||$431||$431|
|Total Current Assets||$193,683||$416,154||$985,195|
|Total Long-term Assets||$10,330||$59,080||$157,518|
|Total Liabilities and Capital||$204,013||$475,234||$1,142,713|
Cash Flow Table
|Pro Forma Cash Flow|
|Cash from Receivables||$682,964||$1,129,777||$2,200,665|
|Subtotal Cash from Operations||$1,096,132||$1,919,977||$3,741,465|
|Sales Tax, VAT, HST/GST Received||$0||$0||$0|
|New Current Borrowing||$20,000||$0||$0|
|New Other Liabilities (interest-free)||$24,966||$0||$0|
|Payment of Accounts Payable||$870,262||$1,556,983||$2,896,377|
|Subtotal Spent on Operations||$941,404||$1,706,826||$3,191,710|
|Purchase Long-term Assets||$0||$50,000||$100,000|
|Subtotal Cash Spent||$1,015,857||$1,756,826||$3,291,710|
|Net Cash Flow||$125,242||$163,152||$449,755|
Break-even Analysis Table
|Monthly Units Break-even||520|
|Monthly Revenue Break-even||$29,019|
|Average Per-Unit Revenue||$55.78|
|Average Per-Unit Variable Cost||$7.73|
|Estimated Monthly Fixed Cost||$25,000|
Pictures of the proposed Business premises for Key Business
External view of premise and location in busy streets
Proposed Board room appearance
Interior view of the Premises
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