Public Course: Business planning for architects

We have been pleasantly surprised by the resilience of this half-day course which, over the years, has proved to be immensely popular with young firms of architects starting out in business, as well as more established practices that are looking to make a step change in the way they approach the future. 

Who this course is for

This is a half day course that combines training with consultancy advice. 

This course has been designed for architects who are setting up in business and are looking for guidance on writing a business plan. It is also for architects who want to manage the growth of their practices and plan for future developments. 

Please note that we also provide a business development consultancy service which may be more appropriate than a formal training session, for some practices.

Course format

The course is devoid of management jargon and provides a practical step-by-step guide to business planning that simply starts by creating a vision of the future and then establishes a plan for achieving that vision.  We take delegates through a step-by-step guide to business planning: understanding where the business is today, building consensus for future aims and how to write a plan. 

In keeping with the Colander philosophy, it is intensely practical, using an interactive workshop style, supported by comprehensive course notes.

Course content

  • What is business planning?
  • Benefits of planning
  • Where to start?
  • Where you are today
  • Where you want to get to
  • Writing the business plan
  • Structure for the plan
  • Living with your plan

Date, Venue and Costs

Wednesday 20th November 2019 14.00 to 17.30

At the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 12 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP.  

Full price: £310 + VAT per delegate

Early booking discount: £290 + VAT, available to delegates who confirm their booking one month in advance of the course i.e. by 6th October 2019

Multiple booking discount:  We offer a 10% discount to second or third delegates from the same practice attending the same course. 

A minimum number of delegates is needed to run this course; go ahead will be confirmed two weeks before the course date.  Any cancellations made after this date will still incur costs at the agreed rate.


CPD Certificates are issued to all attendees.