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The Business Plan Workbook, 7th Edition by Robert Brown, Paul Barrow, Colin Barrow

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Assignment 22

Financing requirements

Your business plan may look very professional, showing that you have a very high probability of making exceptional returns, but it will fall at the first hurdle if your funding requirements have not been properly thought out and communicated to potential lenders and investors. It is not sufficient for you to look at your pro forma cash-flow statement and, taking the maximum overdraft position, say:

The management require £150,000 to commence business, which may come either from bank loans or a share capital injection. The cash-flow projections show that if the funding was by way of a loan it would be repaid within three years. If the funding came from an issue of share capital an excellent return would be ...

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