Douglas E. Castle Consultancy

Getting to Know Business Plan Services – updated in 2020 for Covid Planning

Having a good business plan to come out of lockdown restrictions and the recession it has brought, will be the difference between a successful organization and one that fails to hit the mark as it expands. It’s such an important aspect to consider that most leading consultants will often encourage the development of a business plan above all else. When hiring a business coaching consultant like those at Douglas E Castle Consultancy, there are several unique aspects that you can expect to consider, and each one will serve its own purpose.

Plan Advisement

Plan advisement, or business plan advisement is typically the first process that any consultant will undertake. The aim of this process is to explore all options available to a company, including financial and professional services. No two plans will be the same, so ensuring that a unique one is created for a business is a priority.

Strategic Planning

Once an idea has been developed, it’s time to start putting the plan in to action. That’s where a bit of strategy comes in handy and this process will define where an organization will be in the years to come. Strategic planning isn’t always concrete, and it can be modified to suit a particular market or rate of performance, and this decision making is best left to your consultant as they will be able to predict the status of your company down the line.

Contingency Planning

As briefly mentioned above, it may be necessary to make alterations to a business plan and that’s what contingency planning allows. Depending on certain factors such as performance, audience engagement and so on; particular aspects of a plan may need to be adjusted. Having a contingency plan in place can help your company to bounce back from unexpected events without having them risk any progress made.


If there’s one thing that’s of paramount importance to a business, it’s financial backing. Whether a business sources its investors from presentations, or if another method is used; the bottom line is that a lack of financial backing can be disastrous to a company. Being sure that your business plan is clear and concise, whilst promoting your companies’ potential will encourage investors to share their hard earned cash, and this is often something that only a business consultant is capable of ensuring.

Plan Implementation

A business plan doesn’t just need to look good on paper; it will need to be based on solid information and able to perform when put to action. Implementing a business plan properly isn’t always easy to do because of the varying processes involved within the implementation. A good consultant won’t just know how to create a plan; they’ll know how to enforce it with the best possible results.

Budget Reporting

The final aspect of any business plan is to budget. Although the budget will be discussed early on in the above processes, it’s only once the plan has been tested that a realistic budget can be defined. Perhaps a particular aspect or activity consumed more money, or maybe another could have done with a little more financial backing. Once the initial output has been calculated, it will be an easy task to do so for the following quarter.

Author Brendan McCann