Smarta Webchat: How to write the perfect business plan with Alan Gleeson this Thursday at 12pm

January is a key month for any business or entrepreneur. It provides a fresh start, a clean slate and is the most common time for people to act on their ambitions and launch a start-up.

But with the economic outlook appearing as volatile as ever, it's important that you plan carefully to make the most of the year ahead.

With this in mind, we've teamed up with Alan Gleeson to bring you a web chat on how to compose a perfect business plan and help make 2012 the defining year for your start-up.

Alan is the General Manager of the UK division of Palo Alto Software, the company behind Business Plan Pro and Liveplan.com and a Smarta Business Builder partner. He has overseen the European growth of Palo Alto Software and has being helping entrepreneurs with their business plans for a number of years.

Joining him on the web chat panel will be Smarta Editor, Matt Thomas. A veteran in the world of UK start-ups, Matt has worked with thousands of small businesses and knows the components to build a successful business plan.

Having a great business plan is essential to drive your venture forward, especiallly if you're looking for funding. In the current economic climate investors are seemingly more reuctant to hand over their cash to start-ups. And if they do, it will only be after they've scrutinised your pitch and business idea, so you need to make sure you have a spot on business plan that will leave them shaking your hand, rather than kicking you out.

So set yourself a reminder below and tune in next Thursday at 12pm to have all of your questions answered and learn how to make your business plan a success.

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