How to Write a Business Case

Getting Approval and Funding for Your Project

Detail the benefits, cost, approaches and timescale of your proposed project.

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You've got some great ideas for improving the way your department delivers what's required of it.

But how do you get approval for your projects to go ahead?

And how do you ensure that you receive the resources you need to complete them successfully?

The answer is this: by creating a proper business case document. In formal projects, a business case is the main deliverable from the Strategy and Business Case Project Phase  . It's one of the key documents that senior managers review when deciding whether to give a project the funding it needs to go ahead. In the business case, you detail the benefits that the project will deliver, how they'll be achieved, what it will cost, and how long it will take.

There are a number of other benefits that come from writing a business case:

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