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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New Ed edition (10 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753509636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753509630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul has over 20 years writing, consulting, training and commercial experience within a wide range of business sectors and company sizes. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and works on their Business Growth Programme (BGP) and Value Forum. Previously he was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Warwick Business School and director of their BGP. Responsible for designing, writing and delivering a major training programme 'Understanding Business' for Barclays Bank plc, which to date has been delivered to over 7,000 delegates.

Trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche before obtaining his MBA (Marketing and Finance) at Bradford University. As a senior consultant with Ernst & Young he was responsible for managing and delivering quality consulting assignments predominantly to large businesses. Seconded to a regional NHS trust for 6 months to help improve management reporting and design and implement cost saving initiatives.

During the 1980s he was investment review director at CDC, a BES fund, and later managing director of Capital For Enterprise Ltd a venture capital fund. In 1998 as group finance director of Adval Group plc he was part of the team, which took the multimedia company on to the Alternative Investment Market.

In recent years he has worked as a mentor and NED for a wide range of businesses. One of these assignments involved a business rescue of a software company which within 3 years was sold on for a multi million pound valuation. Currently he runs the western business club for ex Cranfield BGP participants and consults to several SMEs with growth aspirations.

He has written 6 and co written 6 books:"So We Bought a Computer" (Yorkshire TV/Channel 4 TV) published in 1987 to accompany the TV series of the same name; "The Business Plan Workbook" (Kogan Page) published in 1988; "Funding Options for SMEs" (NMB~Heller/Warwick Business School) published in 1998; "The Best-Laid Business Plans" (Virgin Books) published in 2001; "The Bottom Line" (Virgin Books) published 2001; "Raising Finance: a practical guide for business start-ups and Expansion" (The Times/IOD/Kogan Page) published in 2004; "Growing Your Business" (Routledge) published 2007; "Bookkeeping For Dummies" (Wiley) published 2007; "Starting and Running a Business All-in-one" for Dummies (Wiley) published 2007;" Essential Business Finance" (The Times/IOD/Kogan Page) published 2008; "What Business Should I start?" (Wiley) published 2008; "The Successful Business Plan" (Wiley) published 2008.

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'Think first and then act' is the mantra that leads to the growth of every business, big or small, well-established or just starting up. Whether you're buying or selling, launching a new brand or employing more staff, better plans will lead to greater results.

Different scenarios demand different plans, and this book helps you tailor your preparations to suit the challenges presented by a particular move or development and ensure that yours are indeed the best-laid business plans. In short, easy-to-digest sections and using useful case studies, it contains:

* practical advice on creating a successful plan

* guidance on presenting the right plan for the right audience and getting maximum benefit from minimum effort.

About the Author

Paul Barrow is a teacher, consultant, venture capitalist and company director and The Best-Laid Business Plans is a culmination of years of experience. His book The Bottom Line is also published by Virgin.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 26 July 2005
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I bought this book at the business planning stage before starting our business and I found it indispensable. I used almost all of it to develop our business plan and 3 years later our business (started from our attic bedroom)is becoming established, has premises, 5 staff and we have just reached the semi-finals stage for an award for best new businesses.
I still use the very useful spreadsheets (which are available from an on-line link in the book) for producing our accounts.
For those with previous business experience or substantial theoretical knowledge from business courses it may not be as valuable. But for those with little of this experience or knowledge it provides a really good starting point.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Hugill on 12 July 2009
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If you want to start a business, this is the book to read. We all need a business plan to start, grow and keep a business. This book tells you why, how, and for whom sections of the business plan should be written.
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By Ilos on 3 Oct. 2013
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More than I expected, came on time. I am happy. I would recommend it to anyone. This book is in a good condition.
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5 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2001
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Branson puts his years of business experience and knowledge into a great book that both inspires and helps would be entrepreneurs. Easy to read and full of helpful hints and advice. If you are thinking of starting up a business, make this book one to read. You won't regret it.
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