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Unit 29 OCR Nationals – LEVEL 3

Kick Start

so this is me looking at the content and trying to make something fit.  There are no Model Assignments for any of the Units beyond the compulsories.  If you can think of something better. do let me know!  In the meantime.Well you asked.. ....

 You have been retained as part of the research team to help the company explore the best options for expansion. particularly in the current financial climate. They are initially cautious about the undertaking.Scenario  Finesse Chocolate is an Irish company looking to expand into mainland UK markets. .

 HINTS TO HELP FOLLOW.  Identify any gaps where you feel Finesse Chocolate could look to begin its expansion. . and explain the options that could be used  Include a detailed list of all research sources...AO1 Identify & present an initial business idea  Produce a report. explaining the high- quality chocolate market in the UK. including an opening summary as in Unit 1.

including an opening summary as in Unit 1.AO1 Identify & present an initial business idea  Produce a report. identification of competitors and the state of the market  Include a detailed list of all research sources. explaining the high- quality chocolate market in the UK. .  In other words – include consideration of demand. pricing of the product. the attractiveness of the product to the market.

AO1 Identify & present an initial business idea  Identify any gaps where you feel Finesse Chocolate could look to begin its expansion. and explain the options that could be used  Partnership?  Franchise?  Independent sole trader?  Limited company?  Include a detailed list of all research sources. .

 Include a detailed list of all research sources. Select the one that you think is most appropriate to use for Finesse Chocolate.AO2: Search & compare existing business plan templates & select a suitable template  Produce a presentation showing research of a range of existing business plan templates... .  HINTS TO HELP FOLLOW. explaining your choice.

small business advisers.)  MERIT: show research for at least 3 templates. using at least 2 sources  DISTINCTION: make that 4 templates.AO2: Search & compare existing business plan templates & select a suitable template  PASS: show research for at least 2 templates... 3 sources – one of which has to be NON-ICT!  Include a detailed list of all research sources.  Keep going. using at least 2 sources (Net.. teachers.! . books..

 MERIT: compare them.AO2: Search & compare existing business plan templates & select a suitable template  PASS: compare the templates and choose one. . with a brief explanation of your decision. ease of use. suitability of format. simplicity)  DISTINCTION: Do all of Merit – with comprehensive explanation & justification  Include a detailed list of all research sources. use suitable criteria and justify your choice (content.

 HINTS TO HELP FOLLOW.. . including estimated costs and sales.AO3 Design & create a spreadsheet to support a 3-year financial plan  Produce a spreadsheet that would model the operation of the business plan for 3 years..

. & use of appropriate formulae & functions ALL of which must work.  DISTINCTION: Include a break-even analysis as well..  MERIT: Include start-up costs as well. appropriate formatting and efficient use of formulae & functions. . and at least one logical function  HUH? OK – move on.AO3 Design & create a spreadsheet to support a 3-year financial plan  PASS: Ensure all columns & rows are clearly labelled.

..  DESIGN  User requirements  Structure – layout  Cell format  FEATURES  Analysis of estimated income and expenses (M & D)  Breakeven (D)  Prediction of growth  Start up costs (M & D)  AND... .AO3 Design & create a spreadsheet to support a 3-year financial plan  Think about..

.  TOOLS  Formulae (* .) (D)  Absolute & relative references  Macros  Modelling  Appropriate cell formatting – incl colour.+ /)  Functions (range of – COUNT/SUM/SUMIF..AO3 Design & create a spreadsheet to support a 3-year financial plan  Think about... .... shading..)  Logical functions (range again – IF.

AO4: Compile & produce a professional business plan  Produce the full business plan for presentation to Finesse Chocolate using elements created in AO2 and AO3.  Include a hyperlinked table of contents  For P the spreadsheet may be separate from the plan. with bullet points. else it must be imported. . referencing and outline numbering.  For M bullet points/numbering must be included as appropriate  For D at least 2 appropriate charts/graphs must be imported. numbering.

FINAL.The (not so) small print  The final. final. FINAL deadline is 5PM FRIDAY JANUARY 15 TH 2010  Do NOT even think about asking for an extension. .

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