It might be coincidental, but no sooner has the new series of entrepreneur-baiting show Dragons Den started than comes word of a new business planning program designed to help budding businesses get off the ground.
Palo Alto is a British company that's been going for 14 years. With this latest version of its Business Plan Pro 11 software, the company aims to make it quicker and easier for would-be business managers to create accurate plans and financial projections. To this end, the £79 Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 11 has a more colourful and streamlined user interface with customisable colour charts.
It is certified for use with Windows Vista and it will enable startups to "create a business plan that is complete and financially accurate".
As well as being able to make use of the desktop-bound planning software, users can access a dedicated website, SecurePlan.com, where they can share business planning data.
A £129.99 Premier version of Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 11 extends the software's capabilities with a management tool. This includes month-to-month and year-to-year financial planning and analysis.
Entrepreneurs can also impress would-be financial backers in German, French, Italian and Spanish with the addition of bolt-on language packs.
For more details of the software, which will be sold via the Amazon website and Borders bookshop, see www.paloalto.co.uk.
Fancy pitching for investment and becoming a successful entrepreneur? Do your homework with Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 11