Introduction to Business Planning (CFNI) **REGISTRATION CLOSED**

Registration closed
17 February 2021 -
11:00am to 12:30pm

This 1.5 hour webinar is part of the CFNI Accelerator programme funded by DfC. This session will give you an overview of business planning for those considering starting a social enterprise. It is delivered by WorkWest.

This webinar is an introduction to business planning for social enterprises in the early stages and those considering starting a social enterprise. It will provide an overview of the key facets of what is contained in a typical and successful business plan and reporting ideas. This session will be delivered by Stephen McGarry from WorkWest.

It is provided as a follow on session to Starting a social enterprise on 27 January delivered by Social Enterprise NI.

Stephen McGarry is a highly experienced business advisor specialising in supporting the third sector in Northern Ireland. He has been supporting social enterprises in all sectors start up and grow for over 20 years. Stephen works with Social Enterprises across all phases of the busines planning process and was recognised in the 2020 Social Enterprise Futures Roll of Honour.

Content will include:

  • Explanation of why we need to engage in business planning
  • Overview of contents of a typical plan using the business model canvas
  • Description of each part of the canvas/plan from executive summary to legal structures and marketing and financials

The Accelerator Programme

This webinar is part of the Community Foundation for NI Accelerator Programme funded by the Department for Communities. The Accelerator Programme aims to improve the skills and confidence of people in our sector and strengthen organisations at this critical time.  NICVA is delivering a series of webinars from September 2020 to March 2021, for more information visit

Cancellation Policy

Please be aware that you may be charged if you don't attend an event you have registered for—even in the case of free to access events. Full details on NICVA cancellation policy 




Online Session

This session will be facilitated online.  We'll provide instructions and support for participants to get setup.