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Strategic and Business Planning

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

 – Winston Churchill


We are not going to wordsmith a vision statement and a 100 page document that ends up in the bottom drawer! Instead, we assist you to identify and develop strategic plans to encapsulate your current position, future aspirations and direction, and then steps and actions required to achieve your goals. We don’t create the plan – we facilitate the process to help you to create your plan.

Business Planning

Does your business have the operational support to deliver on its strategy? Is poor execution holding your business back? Current operations might not be sufficient to enable your business to achieve its strategy. We look at all the operational functions of your business such as human resources, marketing, premises, equipment, processes, operations, finance, legal, risk and insurance etc, and can help you plan for success. Our Business planning can be singly focussed, or take a broader approach.

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Budgeting and Forecasting

Financial forecasts are designed to help you map out the future financial performance of your business. However, complicated forecast models can be time consuming and expensive. Our preferred approach is to use a sophisticated forecasting program, allowing to us produce extremely high quality forecasts using existing data maintained by you. We are experienced in preparing three-way forecast models that include a profit and loss statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. These easy to update and valuable forecast tools can:

  • Support bank loans or finance applications
  • Prepare the business for sale (required for due diligence)
  • Facilitate scenario planning
  • Help manage difficult financial situations
  • Satisfy reporting requirements for Directors and the Board
  • Support ATO debt repayment proposals

Business Structure

Having the right business structure is vital. And we don’t just mean partnership, company or trust. Good business structures ensure there is equity between all parties, so that everyone wins. Subtle differences in partnership agreements can be the make or break of a successful business – whether at an ownership level, director level, or employee level. 80% of wealth creation is achieved through structure and strategy. We have over two decades of expertise in working with clients to establish the right structure. Getting it wrong can be very costly. Getting it right is great for business. Factors we consider in selecting the best business structure for a particular activity – business or investment, include:

  • Income tax
  • Capital Gains Tax and Small Business Concessions
  • Asset protection
  • Business succession
  • Stamp duty
  • Payroll tax & workers compensation
  • Short or long-term gains
  • Intentions for the anticipated profit/gain