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11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal                                                            ...
Below are the 11 key elements of a high quality business investment proposal.            1. Executive Summary.           T...
If you are seeking a loan, provide the proposed repayment schedule (including interest)           and include it in the ca...
Include any new technology you intend to develop in the future and associated costs.           Disclose details of the rig...
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11 key elements of a high quality business investment proposal

When looking for a loan or venture capital to invest in a new or existing business, it is essential to develop a high quality proposal. Developing a good proposal requires (1) Plenty of advance planning (2) A detailed understanding of your business (3) Some accounting knowledge (4) Focus (5) Writing ability.

Every investment proposal is different, because every investment is unique. However, a successful investment proposal must focus on and answer three basic questions for the investor: (1) Is my investment safe? (2) When will I get back my initial investment and profits? (3) How much money will I make?

This guide will provide you with an outline of a high quality Business Investment Proposal.

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11 key elements of a high quality business investment proposal

  1. 1. 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal By Andrea Comastri When looking for a loan or venture capital to invest in a new or existing business, it is essential to develop a high quality proposal. Developing a good proposal requires:  Plenty of advance planning  A detailed understanding of your business  Some accounting knowledge  Focus  Writing ability Most investors and lenders expect to see a carefully planned investment proposal. This can often be a summarised and customised version of the companys business plan. Every company should have a business plan as a “living document” to help provide the company a blueprint and a guide to where the business is going. A well-thought-out business plan will help keep any business on track. A common reason for business failure is the lack of, or the not following of, a business plan. A carefully prepared business plan is an essential document for any business and an invaluable monitoring tool. It should be reviewed each year and have measurable goals and key performance indicators. Every investment proposal is different, because every investment is unique. However, a successful investment proposal must focus on and answer three basic questions for the investor: 1. Is my investment safe? 2. When will I get back my initial investment and profits? 3. How much money will I make? In general, a business investment proposal should include the following:  A concise history of the business  The level of investment required  How the investment will be used  How the investment will be repaid (if a loan)  Information about: o Facilities, Equipment and Technology o Products and/or services o Production capabilities o Markets o Competitors o Sales and marketing strategies o Management and staff o Mission and Objectives o Financial projections (minimum 3 years) o Financial statements and tax returns (past 3 years)Page 1 - 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal by Andrea Comastri ©Simcom Global Trade Solutions
  2. 2. Below are the 11 key elements of a high quality business investment proposal. 1. Executive Summary. The Executive Summary should be brief (2-4 pages). The summary aims to give the investor a quick overview of the proposal and grab the investor’s attention. The objective is to convince them to keep reading and to give the proposal careful consideration. The summary should include a brief description of the following:  Name, address and telephone number(s) of the business and contact person(s)  Purpose of the loan or investment (include 5 or 6 key points)  Investment required  How the funds will be used  Companys history, its facilities, equipment, products and/or services  Markets, competitors, sale and marketing strategies  Managements expertise  Companies objectives in the short, medium and long term 2. The Company. If the company is already in operation, provide a detailed description of the development of the company over time. Include:  Name  Legal structure  Owners and percentage of ownership of each one of the owners  Significant changes in ownership over time  Industry  Products and/or services  Acquisitions (if any) and the dates when they occurred  Subsidiaries (if any) 3. Products and Services. Provide information about your products and/or services. Include:  Inventories in stock  Production costs  Selling prices  Realistic sales forecast for the next three years  Suppliers and their credit terms  Own Credit terms 4. Use of Funds. Describe how the money will be used (eg. product development, inventories, equipment, marketing, working capital, etc.) ensuring the investment sought is adequate.Page 2 - 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal by Andrea Comastri ©Simcom Global Trade Solutions
  3. 3. If you are seeking a loan, provide the proposed repayment schedule (including interest) and include it in the cash flow projections. 5. Marketing. Include details about your marketing, advertising and sales plans. Include projected sales and annual expenses for each product and/or service. Be honest and realistic in your forecasts. Also include any marketing research and analysis data that will support your projections. Describe your competitors and explain how the company will be able to compete, identifying your unique selling proposition compared to the competition. 6. Management and Staff Describe the companys management, their individual job responsibilities, their employment history and qualifications. Include a projection of each managers compensation for the next three years. Provide details of any projected additions to the management team for the near future and their expected compensation. List all other employees and their position titles including their projected wages for the next three years. 7. Ownership. Provide:  Names, addresses and business affiliations (if any) of all owners and/or those who already have an equity interest in the business  Explain their involvement in the companys management  Include names and addresses of the board of directors and their relevant expertise  Provide details about the number of shares issued and outstanding 8. Facilities, Equipment and Technology. Provide a brief description of the companys physical facilities (offices, warehouse, factory, etc.) including:  Type of construction  Size in square metres  Any mortgage or lease  Outgoings  Any equipment already owned or that you intend to purchase  Details and costs of any new facilities and equipment that may be needed Describe technical aspects or your products and/or services, patents or copyrights you or the company own.Page 3 - 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal by Andrea Comastri ©Simcom Global Trade Solutions
  4. 4. Include any new technology you intend to develop in the future and associated costs. Disclose details of the rights you own to any unique technology. 9. Financials. Include projected financial statements for up to three years into the future. These should include:  Balance sheet  Profit and loss statement  Sales forecast  Inventory schedule  Cash flow forecast If your company has an operating history, include financial statements for the previous three years and copies of the companys tax returns. 10. References. List names, addresses and telephone numbers of:  Your banker  Your solicitor  Your accountant/auditor  Any business credit references 11.Investment Exit Strategy Every investment proposal must include the investor’s potential exit strategy. What and when are the key points at which the investor can leave the investment? This is intended to be a potential exit strategy, not necessarily a preferred exit strategy. It does not mean that the investor will exit, but that the investor can potentially exit at certain points. Even though investors may be planning to stay in the investment long term, it will provide them comfort to know when is the earliest practical moment they can exit if they wish or need to leave the investment. Most investors would want to see a potential exit strategy between three and five years. Finally you may include other items such as:  Charts  Maps  Drawings  Photographs of the facilities  Photographs of the equipmentPage 4 - 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal by Andrea Comastri ©Simcom Global Trade Solutions
  5. 5.  Photographs of the products  Marketing material  Details of website and Social media pages You may choose to include these throughout the document if relevant or include them in appropriately titled and referenced Appendices. Choose font, spacing and layout that make the proposal easy to read. Number each page and include a table of contents. Make sure there no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Ask someone you trust to read the document; you can be sure they will find at least one mistake you missed. Presentation is important, but content comes first. Spend most of your time in developing and writing the content as per this guide. Allow sufficient time to finalise the document and its final presentation. Simcom Global Trade Solutions can assist you with the preparation of a professional, comprehensive and engaging Business Investment Proposal and many other business and management documentation like proposals, plans, policies, procedures, etc. Our aim is to be successful by making you successful! Call us in Sydney, Australia on 02 9370 0400 or contact us via our website at www.simcomgts.comPage 5 - 11 Key Elements of a high quality Business Investment Proposal by Andrea Comastri ©Simcom Global Trade Solutions

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